Mar 13

Twitter is one of our favourite online hangouts as it allows us to connect with over 225 million users from all over the world to learn about endangered species and of course share ARKive’s awesome photos, videos and facts.

In just 140 characters, ARKive can take you to the best wildlife images, introduce you to some of the most obscure species out there, as well bringing you the latest conservation stories. It’s a great way to find out what the ARKive project is all about and it’s the perfect place to connect with us!

Tweet, Tweet

We always have something to tweet about!  Below are some recent ARKive tweets:

 Check out @world_wildlife’s species of the day

 “Some birds can’t take the heat! New study learning what avian species are the most vulnerable to climate change

 “Take a break and find out if you’re a #climatechange champ!  #climateweek”

As you can see, we like making a noise about all things wildlife, but let’s not forget about the original tweeters – our feathered friends. So why not explore the birds on ARKive and tune your ears into the twittering of the charismatic robin in Europe, the tui in New Zealand or the prothonotary warbler in the US.

Robin singing on branch

Robin singing on branch

Retweet (RT)

Like a tweet? Want to share it with your friends? Get in on the action by simply retweeting your favourite ARKive tweets!

Repeating information is not uncommon in the animal kingdom. Many Passeriformes pick up, or imitate vocalisations of other species – a behaviour the European starling is famed for. Another famous example of reiterating information can be found in the grey wolf. Within a pack, when one wolf starts to howl, others will rapidly respond with howls of varying lengths and pitch in to form a ‘chorus howl’. This may reinforce social bonds, bring the wolves together and communicate with other packs. Perhaps rather than ‘retweet’ an ARKive tweet, you can ‘rehowl’ one instead!

Eurasian wolf pack howling

Eurasian wolf pack howling

Follow us!

African elephants are famed for their ability to follow a leader – an old female known as the matriarch leads a family of closely related females, taking on the role of protecting the group and sourcing food and water.

If you follow us on Twitter you can not only keep up to date with latest news from the ARKive team but you can also get involved by responding to our tweets.

African elephant herd walking in line

African elephant herd walking in line

African elephants walking

African elephants walking









What’s the most social species on ARKive?

Join our search to find the most social species on ARKive. Visit the species you think is the most social and press ‘tweet’. The species with the most new tweets will win the title of ‘Chirpiest Species’ in our Social Species Contest. Who will win? Tweet to ensure your favourite is a contender!

Get involved

ARKive is active on Twitter so why not join our community of followers and keep up to date with the world of ARKive! We tweet about everything from the ARKive team’s favourite species to what cakes we’re eating in the office, from the latest conservation news to fun games and contests. Follow us and then tweet @arkive to say hello!

Lauren Pascoe, ARKive Media Researcher

Mar 12

The ARKive team are like a pack of social animals. There’s nothing more we *like* than a good old party! Whether it’s in fancy dress or a wild birthday bash!

ARKive Team celebrating ARKive's 8th Birthday

ARKive Team celebrating ARKive's 8th Birthday

That’s why we love getting social online to connect with millions of people all over the world. By sharing photos, videos and facts about endangered species via social networks we can inspire others to value them and ultimately contribute to their protection. We need your help to share, *like*, tweet, +1 and join our discussions to spread the word even further.

Social animals (and plants)

But it’s not just us humans that like to dabble in a bit of social networking. The natural world is full of instant messaging, sharing and status updates. From ants with over a million ‘friends’, to obscure avian-event invitations, to well-connected dolphins, animals got social long before the advent of Facebook, Twitter and Google +.

Photo of army ant colony foraging for prey

Army ant colony


What’s the Most Social Species?

Which species makes those power connections? Which species has got the best moves? Which species would you want to invite to your party? Join our search to find the ‘Most Social Species’ onARKive. Wherever you hangout online, connect with ARKive and let us know your favourite social species.

The Categories:

Most Liked Social Species

Visit the species you think is the most social and press the Facebook *like* button. The species with the most likes will win the title of ‘Most Liked Social Species’. Who will win? *Like* to ensure your favourite is a contender!

No. 1 Social Species

Look for your no.1 species and press Google +. The title of ‘No. 1 Social Species’ will go to the species with the most Google +1s. Ensure your favourite is a chartbuster by pressing +1.

Chirpiest Social Species

Explore ARKive to find the species you think is the happiest and chattiest and press tweet. The ‘Chirpiest Social Species’ will be awarded to the species with the most new tweets. Tweet to ensure your favourite makes top bill!

Most Stylish Species

Share the animal or plant you think is the ‘Most Stylish Species’ on our Tumblr blog. What’s the best natural style this season? Who’s got the grooviest patterns? Who will tumble their way into the lead? Let us know on our Tumblr blog.

Get social this week!

Each day this week, we’ll focus on one social network and check out its similarities with the wild social world. Come join us on:

Let us know your favourite social species in the comments below too! Look out for the award winners next week. Who will win? It’s up to you!

Get social with ARKive – the party wouldn’t be the same without you!


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