Do the Space Whales Need Saving? The Purrgil and Conservation.

“Save the Whales!” A statement that has become synonymous with the environmental movement itself. Movements to protect whales from the perils of the commercial whaling industry were at the forefront of the early environmental movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s, embraced by such big-name groups as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Foundation. The work of … Continue reading Do the Space Whales Need Saving? The Purrgil and Conservation.

The Eye of the Beh-owl-der: Are Convorees Really “Space Owls”?

Star Wars: Rebels has introduced us to an entire menagerie of new creatures in the galaxy far, far away. There are the cute (lothcats), the majestic (purrgils), and the just plain comedic (puffer pigs), but perhaps no creature has elicited more fan speculation than that of the convor (okay, fine, lothwolves excluded). The convorees (plural … Continue reading The Eye of the Beh-owl-der: Are Convorees Really “Space Owls”?

#JusticeForBoga: The Growing Awareness of Animal Rights in Star Wars

The idea of animal rights as a social cause is nothing new; the ASPCA was founded in 1866. But when you take a broader look at the history of the animal rights movement, the ethical treatment of animals wasn’t considered a hot-button issue until the early 1980’s, and has continually gained in popularity since then. As … Continue reading #JusticeForBoga: The Growing Awareness of Animal Rights in Star Wars

Galactic Threat? An Evaluation of Porgs as Invasive Species

Porgs, a recently identified species of avian-like creature nesting on the rocky shores of Ahch-To, have become a cause for alarm in the galactic ecologist community. After seeing how porgs have taken over the landscape on Ahch-To, the speed at which they colonize visiting spacecraft, and public interest in porgs as pets (Bibbiani, 2017; Whalen, … Continue reading Galactic Threat? An Evaluation of Porgs as Invasive Species

What’s in a porg?

The real-life counterparts of our favourite galactic fluffball. While porgs tragically do not exist outside of the fictional Star Wars universe (and the Pinewood props department), they do have some real-life counterparts. You might not find any porgs on our planet, but you will see echoes of them in many of our native fauna, and … Continue reading What’s in a porg?