How Joe’s chicks flew before they hatched – with the RAF

Joe the Vet was left pondering the ultimate chicken-or-egg situation after the RMS St Helena stopped sailing to the UK. In past years, the ship’s passenger list regularly included new breeding stock for St Helena’s poultry farmers. But with visits to Portland Harbour no longer on the supply ship’s schedule, Joe Hollins had to find […]

Vet student Rebecca sails to fulfil her dream

Rebecca holds a white lamb

Five or six years from now, St Helena’s animals may be in the care of the island’s first home-grown, fully qualified veterinary surgeon. Rebecca Lawrence, of Cowpath, has won a Commonwealth Scholarship to study veterinary medicine and surgery at the University of Nottingham. Competition for the scholarship is strong but Rebecca’s achievement is especially significant, […]

Keep your distance, please: Jonathan gets some privacy

Jonathan stares at the camera, beak open wide

The paddock that has been home to St Helena’s oldest resident for more than 100 years is to be given a makeover. The island’s planning board has given approval for new fencing to protect Jonathan, one of the world’s last surviving Seychelles Giant tortoises, from the attentions of over-intrusive visitors at Plantation House. Planning board […]

Love nest planned for the oldest old romantic in the world

Jonathan the tortoise may still have the energy for romantic love-ins with his young lady companions, but it seems the attention of tourists on St Helena may be too much for him. Despite the evidence of his lively libido, there are concerns for the health of the giant tortoise – the oldest known living creature […]