The research could lead to a more peaceful co-existence between free-roaming canines—which number hundreds of millions worldwide—and people. Humans domesticated dogs, and over our 15,000-year relationship,
Feeding wildlife is generally discouraged, but it may be the only way to help the endangered Grevy’s zebra survive drought. Grevy’s zebras—loiborkoram in the Samburu language—are massive. At up to almost
Bobcats are found throughout the contiguous United States but aren’t usually spotted in urban areas like D.C. Ecologist Dan Herrera sees a lot of animals on the camera traps he helps place throughout spaces
The proposed Pebble Mine threatens the wildlife of the Alaska Peninsula, home to the densest brown bear populations on Earth. On a sunny day in August, more than two dozen brown bears are gathered at Falls,
Selflessness is not a uniquely human trait: Bats, rats, and now parrots will assist other members of their species, even strangers. African gray parrots will help other members of their species in need,
A record-breaking expedition to three, little-explored Indonesian islands has revealed new species and subspecies of songbirds. Brilliantly colored, noisy, and active during the day, many birds are easy
With poachers cashing in on the Chinese appetite for American ginseng, growers are arming up. Larry Harding left his 12-gauge shotgun propped by the door that September night. He feared that otherwise
Native to China’s Yangtze River, these fish grew 23 feet in length, but haven’t been spotted since 2003. The Chinese paddlefish and its close relatives have been around for at least 200 million years.
It's easy to get confused by how snakes, spiders, and other toxic creatures deliver their chemical weaponry. Here's what you should know. If you cross paths with an unknown species of snake, you may wonder
In three days before Christmas, thousands of the mammals died in 110-degree heat in one Melbourne park. The 30,000 gray-headed flying foxes in Yarra Bend Park, just outside the heart of Melbourne, Australia,
Likely several hundred pounds heavier than the record-holding Mekong giant catfish, the ray reportedly weighed nearly 880 pounds. We know that the whale shark is the biggest fish in the ocean, but what
Deforestation and climate change could wipe out much of the island’s rainforests, a new model says—but society is not powerless to stop it. High in the canopies of Madagascar’s eastern rainforests live
Dark fur provides great nighttime camouflage, but may impair visual communication between melanistic cats, a new study says. Black cats have long intrigued us, from comic book heroes to symbols of superstition.
This year, a gecko, a songbird, and a minnow joined the short list of recovered American endangered species. As the decade draws to a close, one little reptile is going out on a high. After 37 years as
Is it climate change, pollution, an unknown disease? A dedicated few are trying to crack the mystery. To an untrained eye, the crystal waters of the Clinch River, which meanders southwest across the Virginia-Tennessee
The fragrant resin gifted to the newborn Jesus may be at risk of disappearing. On a starlit night long ago, as the story goes, three wise men brought gifts to baby Jesus in a stable. One was gold, the
The last Carolina parakeet died in captivity in 1918. Now, new genetic analysis has revealed what drove the bird to extinction. The United States was a more colorful place when flocks of Carolina parakeets
An indigenous community in Colombia considers the white-spotted amphibian sacred. Recently, they allowed it to be reintroduced to the world. A toad thought extinct for 30 years has again seen the light
Female orcas go through menopause, living up to 90 years—a longstanding mystery. Now, a new study suggests there’s a reason why. The orca is one of only a handful of mammals known to go through menopause.
Millions of pounds of antimicrobials end up in livestock each year, seeping into the environment and harming species like dung beetles. The cows on Bobby Whitescarver’s farm can wander through his lush
In a recent survey, those adept at understanding cat cues were mostly young and female—but surprisingly, they didn't necessarily own a cat. Whenever the cat sitter texts Georgia Mason and her husband of
The sharklike Helicoprion lived 275 million years ago and could slice its prey in two with its buzz saw jaw. The fossils resembled blades of circular saws. Frozen in time, some of the ancient impressions
We kill more than 400,000 a year, but this adaptable predator is thriving beyond all expectations. Now, it's poised to enter South America. She pops up suddenly from behind a green tarp and trots through
A major effort to identify every reptile in the Galápagos has revealed three new species—and one is likely already endangered. The Galápagos Islands are already famous for their unique reptiles, from tortoises