Last year I had the opportunity to visit a very large zoo and was truly astonished at how many different varieties of animals there are. It must be a really uphill battle to be an animal conservationist, because there are so many animals nobody's ever heard of from around the world. It's easy to find the love for superstars like the Northern White Rhino and the Galapagos Turtle, but what about the 8 zillion obscure bird species that are out there? Who will speak for the Southern Bald Ibis? One of my favorite animals is the European Badger, Meles meles. I like it for its industrious nature. FOCUS: What is your favorite animal? Please list genus and species, in italics (of course). Why is it your favorite animal?