One gi­ant leap...

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Contents - Paul McGuin­ness Ed­i­tor

Any parent un­der­stands the ba­sic, pri­mal urge to pro­tect their young, and it’s no dif­fer­ent in the an­i­mal king­dom. Which is why Suzi Eszter­has’s pho­tos of a mother leop­ard and her cubs are so pre­cious. The level of trust that Suzi built up with the leop­ard, who al­lowed her to spend a year pho­tograph­ing her leap, is most un­usual, and we’re priv­i­leged to be able to bring you their story from page 28.

How well we hu­mans are pro­tect­ing our own young is the sub­ject of much de­bate, not least thanks to the school strike move­ment, sparked last year by Swedish teenager Greta Thun­berg. So, we thought we’d ask one of Bri­tain’s school strik­ers – and her fa­ther – to tell us about the move­ment and why it’s gath­er­ing such mo­men­tum around the world. You can read their views on page 36.

Of course, there are many other things that we – and our chil­dren – can do to cre­ate a brighter fu­ture from our own back­yards. Dave Goul­son has some top tips for cre­at­ing a wildlife oa­sis in your gar­den on page 18.

For more in­spi­ra­tion, be sure to look out for our guide to the ul­ti­mate Bri­tish wild sum­mer next is­sue!

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