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Food Species Top the Latest Additions to The IUCN Red List

Changing Planet<p>The IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia saw the release of the latest update to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ in front of a global audience of protected area professionals, conservationists, government representatives, and business leaders. These leaders …

Galápagos Sea Lion Sons Are Mama's Boys

Sons take more energy to raise—but it could pay off with more "grandpups," a new study suggests.<p>Don't let their hulking mass fool you: Male sea lions are actually mama's boys.<p>In the first couple of years after birth, sea lion sons seem to be more reliant on their mothers—consuming more milk and …

Steve Winter on the Trail of Big Cats for Big Cat Week

Wildlife<p>Photographer Steve Winter traveled from coast to coast in the U.S. this autumn on tour with <i>National Geographic Live!</i>, the live events division of National Geographic. His “On the Trail of Big Cats Tour,” engaged sold-out audiences across North America and educated attendees about how to …

"Living Walls" Stop Lions From Attacking Livestock in Tanzania

Fortified bomas are proving successful in preventing both livestock and predator deaths.<p>A modern twist on a traditional structure in Tanzania has proved successful in preventing African lion attacks on livestock and retaliatory killing of lions, according to a new report.<p>The Maasai people of East …

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Why Backyard Birds Are Getting Drunk on Fermented Berries

'Tis the hangover season for many birds—some of which are ending up in "drunk tanks."<p>If birds that feed on winter berries in the Northern Hemisphere seem to be painting the town red, it could be because they're intoxicated.<p>Alcohol forms in berries as they ferment with the first frosts, and the …

Conservation between Hope and Despair

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>“Pamir”, a cub confiscated in the Madiyan valley from a well-known poacher. His mother was killed and the skin sold. (Photograph by Stefan Michel)<p><b>The last few months have been busy for team Panthera in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. On a hopeful note – repeat snow leopard camera</b> …

World's Oldest Art Identified in Half-Million-Year-Old Zigzag

Our Homo erectus ancestors may have been smarter and more creative than we thought.<p>A zigzag engraving on a mussel's shell may transform scientific understanding of what has long been considered a defining human capacity: artistic creativity.<p>Until now, the earliest evidence of geometric art was …

Journeying Oregon’s New Marine Reserves by Bike: Cascade Head

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>Part 1 <b>Part 2</b> Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6<p>Terry Thompson finds us in a parking lot in Lincoln City. After traversing this strip of a town all morning, looking for signs of the marine reserve just offshore, we have ended up outside the uninspiring four-story city administration …

Why Killing Wolves Might Not Save Livestock

New study fuels debate over how to reduce attacks on cows and sheep.<p>In late August, a government sharpshooter in a helicopter hovering above a wooded eastern Washington hillside killed the lead female wolf of the Huckleberry Pack. The aim was to end attacks by the wolf pack, which had killed more …

On Wildlife Conservation Day, Protect Climate Refuges to Help Corals

Changing Planet<p>This year Wildlife Conservation Day, December 4, arrives as we have just completed the once-a-decade World Parks Congress. Thousands of representatives from the global conservation community – from academics and NGO staff to policy makers and agency representatives – gathered in …

Giant Blast Shuts Down Starburst Galaxy

Astronomers spot gas bursts that may disrupt star formation.<p>For the first time, astronomers have spotted a critical moment in the life of galaxies: high-speed eruptions of gas that may halt the birth of stars.<p>Galaxies, such as our own Milky Way, are vast islands of stars littering space. How …