Wildlife

chimpanzee wearing a nasa helmet

Ham the Astrochimp: Unwilling Simian Pioneer in the Space Race

The original Mercury space capsule had no window, a...
Fireflies light up the forest floor of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Natural Wonders: Synchronous Fireflies

Fireflies. Lightning bugs. Whatever you call the little beetles,...
Orangutan swinging through trees

Young Orangutans ‘Go to School’ For Years to Learn Nest Building

Sumatran orangutans sleep in intricately built nests high in...
several elephants of varying ages, with tusks

Elephants Fatally Trample Tourist who Reportedly Ignored Warnings

A Spanish tourist is dead in a South African...
head of Saltwater crocodile.

Australia Doesn’t Have a Croc Problem, Despite Latest Attack

BY BRANDON MICHAEL SIDELEAU Late last week, the remains...
aerial photo of a blue whale calf nuzzles in for a meal from its mother.

Blue Whale Secrets Surface in Rare Nursing Footage

In the wide world of whale sex, the largest...
head of Greenland shark.

The Anti-Aging Secrets of Greenland Sharks

We are always looking for ways to live longer....
a running hippo

When Hippos Fly

The ancient Greeks believed that hippos were a kind...
swarm of ants on a car window

‘Hitchhiking’ Ants Use Cars to Colonize New Territory

Inside their complex colonies, ants take on one of...
a green and golden bell frog

‘Frog Saunas’ Could Help Combat Deadly Amphibian Fungus

It's not easy being green, as one of our...
black and white primate with tufted ears and wide eyes in tree

Singing Lemurs Share Ancient Musical Heritage with Humans

Singing has served as one of the world’s main...
a painted lady butterfly

These Butterflies Flew Non-Stop Across the Atlantic Ocean

For the first time, scientists have recorded insects crossing...
A mature male chimpanzee looking into the distance in Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda.

Chimpanzees Have Learned to Doctor Themselves

Some primates have learned to use rudimentary medicine. In...
elephant stamping his foot

U.S. Tourist Dies in Zambia Elephant Attack, Second This Year

An elephant encounter in Zambia resulted in the death...
small cat with big, tufted ears laying on rock

One of World’s Rarest Cats Climbs off Endangered List

Twenty years ago, the Iberian lynx almost disappeared from...
grolar bear -- offspring of grizzly and polar bear

‘Grolar’ Bears Have Come to the Arctic, But There Aren’t Many of Them

For years, as the world has warmed, the territories...
three-legged lion in the dark

Three-Legged Lion Makes Record-Breaking Swim

It was the world's most unlikely marathon swim. A...
close up of a small yellow fly on a leaf

Every Year, 17 Million Insects Stream Through One Narrow Mountain Pass

In a majestic and rarely observed sight, millions of...
black spider with red markings and pointy legs

New, Better Black Widow Antivenom Discovered

If you get a black widow bite, you’ll most...
spotted cat stalks behind tree

Watch Clouded Leopard Kittens Trundle Through the Borneo Jungle

There’s a well-known behavioral resemblance between big cats and...
a black-colored bear charges a full-grown female tiger

Clash of Jungle Giants: Tiger vs. Bear in India

You might think that a rumble between a tiger...
a Joro spider

Flamingos, Spiders, and Other Animals Are Showing Up Where They’ve Never Been

Developing an amateur interest in naturalism means becoming intimately...
Orca swimming alongside a boat.

Boat-Sinking Orcas are Just Breaking Toys, New Theory Says

A tiny pod of orcas in the Strait of...
Two different snakes playing dead

Dice Snakes Fake Dramatic Deaths

A number of species will play dead to avoid...

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