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13 Surprisingly Weird Reasons Why Crows And Ravens Are The Best Birds, No Question

They're definitely better than monkeys.<p>We're sure you have your favourite animal. It may even be a really smart one. But corvids - such as crows, …

Birds

Julia Roberts Just Made One Of The Most Powerful Videos Ever. Wait Until You See This

While many of us may take it for granted, the planet we live on is the very foundation of all life as we know it.

The Language of Wolves

<b>Vocalizations</b><p><b>Body Language</b><p><b>The Chemistry of Scent</b><p><b>Posture:</b><p>High-ranking wolves carry themselves erect and may even place their heads on top of a …

Wolves

Why we should give moral consideration to individuals rather than species

It is often believed that species should be considered and preserved because they have some sort of value in themselves, a value unrelated to what’s …

Conservation

Five neat tricks to keep your cat from attacking birds

For cat owners, is there a more comforting sound in the entire world than the satisfying ‘ker-chunk’ of the cat flap?<p>After hours of worrying what …

Cats

The Importance of Kelp - Jane Watson

How Whales Change Climate

Oceans

Wildlife in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone: Bears, Wolves and Rare Horses Roam the Forests

Camera traps set up in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone have photographed many species of wildlife roaming the forests.<p>The cameras are part of a …

Wildlife

Crows Understand Analogies

People are fascinated by the intelligence of animals. In fact, cave paintings dating back some 40,000 years suggest that we have long harbored keen …

John Locke

Big Cats Aren't The Natural Born Killers We Think They Are

[This is an excerpt of Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson's new book, "Beasts: What Animals Can Tell Us About Human Nature."]<p>According to Jared Diamond in the …

Elephants Are Warning Each Other About Us

As poaching rates have spiked in recent years, humans have emerged as African elephants' biggest threats -- a fact that clearly isn't lost on them. …

Wildlife

Elephant Rumbles: "Let's Go!"

How do you tell an elephant it’s time to leave the watering hole? Apparently you use a “let’s go” rumble.<p>As published in <i>Bioacoustics</i>, a study led by …

Wildlife

Top 5 Misleading Claims Zoos Make

Almost every kid grows up with memories of visiting the zoo with their grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, or their school. I mean, where …

Wildlife

Why Wolves Change Whole Ecosystems

George Monbiot explains that when wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the …

Permaculture

Mystery Solved: How Do Dolphins Swim So Fast?

Researchers have finally figured out how dolphins swim as fast as they do.<p>Believe it or not, how dolphins can swim so fast has been something of a riddle for researchers since the 1930s.<p>But a new study has laid to rest one of the most vexing questions plaguing scientists about dolphin speed: How …

Biological Species

Birds Can Smell, and One Scientist is Leading the Charge to Prove It

<b>Gabrielle Nevitt’s supply list</b> for her first Antarctic research cruise in 1991 contained some decidedly odd items. The huge kites and vats of fishy …

A Reassuring Trunk: Evidence of Consolation in Elephants

Asian elephants console others who are in distress with vocalizations and gentle touches, according to a new report published in the journal <i>PeerJ</i>. …

Wildlife

Animal Emotions: Exploring Passionate Natures: Current interdisciplinary research provides compelling evidence that many animals experience such emotions as joy, fear, love, despair, and grief—we are not alone | BioScience

<b>Do elephants feel joy, chimpanzees grief and</b> depression, and dogs happiness and dejection? People disagree about the nature of emotions in nonhuman …

Animals

How Do Animals Recognize Each Other?

To be a giraffe among giraffes, or a pigeon among pigeons, is to live at all times in that scene from <i>Being John Malkovich</i>—a world in which everyone …

Consciousness and self-awareness

As explained in the page on the problem of consciousness, consciousness can be defined as the state of having experiences. Conscious states, or …

Consciousness

It’s the Year of the Rooster in More Ways than One!

In case you haven’t been reading your Chinese placemats lately, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. And we are kicking the year off with a new …

Cognitive Science

"Voiceless" - A Blue Freedom Film - Official Documentary 2016

Animal intelligence has been widely underestimated, says primatologist Frans de Waal

Ever stare out into space and look for signs of intelligence? Well, we should be looking right here on Earth, primatologist Frans de Waal argues in his new book, “Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?” (He’ll discuss it at a Smithsonian Associates event Wednesday.)<p>For centuries, …

Animals

Paper Concludes Pigs Are Behaviorally, Cognitively, Emotionally Complex Individuals

With intriguing descriptions of the abilities of pigs, a new white paper concludes that “pigs are not very different from the dogs and cats we share …

Animals

Summary of Workshop on Interspecies Communication

In this event, a group of interdisciplinary scientists will participate in a SETI colloquium to summarize and discuss a two-way workshop held to …

Lori Marino: Dolphin Brains: An Alternative to Complex Intelligence in Primates

The Language of Wolves

<b>Vocalizations</b><p><b>Body Language</b><p><b>The Chemistry of Scent</b><p><b>Posture:</b><p>High-ranking wolves carry themselves erect and may even place their heads on top of a …

The girl who gets gifts from birds

<b>Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it's rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden - and they bring her gifts in return.</b><p>Eight-year-old Gabi Mann sets a bead storage container on the dining room table, …

Birds

Still Think Humans are the Most Intelligent Animals? Here’s Why Whales and Dolphins Have us Beat

In the book <i>The Dynamic Human</i>, it is argued by a group of researchers from the University of Adelaide that humans aren’t the brightest crayons in the …

Marine Mammals