In the world of conversation, the public is often enamored with the fuzzy, furry, wide-eyed and adorable, often leaving behind a group of unregarded animals. Not only does this present a conservation issue, but it also ends up becoming a research problem too, with pandas and tiger cubs receiving the lion’s share (no pun intended) of funding, leaving the scraps for animals like dung beetles and toads.
Zoologist Lucy Cooke is determined to change the way we look at animals as a champion of the ugly, the unloved and the creepy– many of which play a vital role in biodiversity. If these animals were to disappear because of a lack of conversation interest, it could unbalance the delicate web of life that exists on Earth.
Watch Cooke as she describes her efforts using her trademark humor and storytelling on National Geographic Live.