Scientists have found yet another way these master navigators get around. When a Cape buffalo goes down in South Africa, lions, hyenas, and painted dogs will soon arrive to fight over the carcass. But
While capuchins won't use tools like us any time soon, the species now “has its own individual archaeological record,” scientists report. For capuchin monkeys at Brazil’s Serra da Capivara National Park,
The chinquapin was supposed to have been wiped out by blight. Now one determined Missouri naturalist is hand-pollinating trees in secret groves to bring it back. Steve Bost will show you some Ozark chinquapin
On June 22, 1969, Cleveland's filthy river ignited for the 13th and last time. It and other American rivers are dramatically cleaner today. It’s a warm late spring day and the rowers, kayakers, and paddleboarders
Snow can happen any month of the year in the national park, where wildlife has adapted to fluctuations in climate. People have long been enchanted by this land, and it’s easy to see why: Nowhere on Earth
In the war on Yellowstone National Park's exotic lake trout, researchers are trying everything from nets to electrocution to suffocating eggs with dead fish. Invasive lake trout arrived in Yellowstone
The inaugural census, announced at the venerable Explorers Club, has a real scientific purpose. They’ve been called “tree rats,” maligned in pop culture, and otherwise ignored as urban pests. But the eastern
Authorities today loaded eight of 96 belugas and orcas onto trucks for release; announce monumental change to cetacean capture laws. In what have since been declared illegal captures, four Russian companies
The night skies over this American icon never looked brighter. It's been a big year for the Grand Canyon. The iconic park celebrates its centennial in 2019. Now it has received a new honor: International
Once a year, an astronomical alignment ushers in this seasonal change. Amazing facts and myths surround it. This year, the northern summer solstice falls on June 21 at 11:54 a.m. ET. South of the Equator,
A German couple has spent a decade volunteering at hospitals across the country and bolting world-class rock climbing routes along the way. It was almost 10 p.m. when Volker Schöffl heard the phone ringing
National Geographic’s account of Gluay Hom, an injured young elephant in Thailand, triggered calls for rescue. Here’s how he’s doing now. Last June, behind a stadium in the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand,
In Turkey, thousands of refugee children are toiling in low-paying jobs to help their families survive. Xunava is a 16-year-old Syrian refugee who dreams of going to school. The last time she was in a
In Uganda, refugees must choose to bury their loved ones in a temporary camp or make the dangerous journey back to a war-torn homeland. On the morning of July 17, 2018, Hadia Michael woke up with a fever.
Cities and city residents could grow 30 percent of the milkweed plants monarchs need to survive. Planting or allowing a few milkweed plants to grow in residential yards, parks, and empty lots, along roadsides
Hotter temperatures have melted as much as a quarter of Himalayan glacial ice in the past 40 years, reveals a study of declassified spy satellite photos from the 1970s. The Himalayan Mountains are home
For a limited time, the ride-sharing service will operate a submarine in the world’s largest reef system. There’s something undeniably Bond-like about lowering yourself through the roof hatch of a mini-submarine.
Single-use plastics—from straws to retail bags—will be illegal in Vermont by summer 2020. Vermont has joined the growing list of states swearing off single-use plastics by adopting the nation’s broadest
“We will eventually see if they are actually habitable and, perhaps, even inhabited,” astronomers predict. A tiny, old star just 12 light-years away might host two temperate, rocky planets, astronomers
Centuries of domestication have unintentionally yet radically reshaped dogs' eyebrow anatomy, making their faces easily readable to people. There’s a reason we call them “puppy dog eyes”—those soulful,
The guitar industry has a spotty track record for sustainable wood sourcing. But one manufacturer is trying to help stave off deforestation. Wielding a machete, Noël Nakere Dobo Nkouli hacks a path through
Go on foot in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park to encounter elephants, big cats, and spectacular habitats. THE GO-AWAY BIRD is southern Africa’s pompadour-crested alarm clock from hell. Qwah...qwah...qwah!
The Samoan islands are sinking faster than expected due to warming alone, and a pair of huge quakes is likely to blame. A geologic one-two punch rocked the South Pacific in September 2009, as a magnitude
Centuries of storytelling paint the four species of hyena as laughing, demonic scavengers. It’s time to set the record straight. The most successful hunter in all of Africa is intelligent and loving, intricate