Nice to meet you: amazing new animal species discovered in 2017 – in pictures

From the Pink Floyd shrimp that makes a noise so loud it can kill small fish, to giant stick insects and new types of orangutans and gibbons, here is a round up of new animal species discovered in 2017.

Island life on São Tomé and Príncipe: Africa’s Galapagos – in pictures

The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe provide remote beauty – and a Unesco-approved biosphere reserve – as captured in our weekly look at people’s travels through three pictures posted on Instagram

Take the kids to … West Midland Safari Park

Featuring A-listers of the animal kingdom, this safari park gets a thumbs up from the children – though adults may learn to regret a trip to the hard-to-dodge fun fair

21st-century fox: how nature’s favourite outsider seduced the suburbs

Not so long ago, they were the pests that made a mess on the lawn. But now they have crept into our homes – their images on mugs, cushions and tea towels – into TV adverts, fashion and literature