Wildlife and Nature

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What's the difference between native and endemic species?

6 species categorizations that every animal lover should understand.<p>The movement of species around the globe raises complex questions about what is …

Biodiversity

This polka dot tree frog has a cool party trick to show you

The South American polka dot tree frog is adorable under any circumstances, with a pale yellow body and signature dots. However, it has a secret that …

Evolutionary study unravels mystery of how cobras evolved their flesh-eating venom

Like an unhappy marriage, every animal toxin is toxic in its own way. Lick a feather plucked from Papua New Guinea’s pitohui bird, as more than one scientist has done, and the mouth will tingle, burn and go numb. No researcher who orally investigated these birds has perished. If only all toxic …

Zoology

These creatures faced extinction. The Endangered Species Act saved them.

The federal Endangered Species Act has been called the world’s gold standard for environmental protection. Passed in 1973, it strengthened earlier federal protections for animals that had been nearly wiped out by humans, including bald eagles, humpback whales and California condors.<p>But the act has …

Endangered Species

Tagged Mako Shark Takes Amazing 13,000-Mile Journey

<i>Ft. Lauderdale, Florida</i> — A male mako shark named Hell’s Bay has broken a record, traveling more than 13,000 miles — more than halfway around the …

Nature

Louisiana resumes testing of mercury levels in fish, as health officials warn of potential dangers

The ideal ecosystem to expose people to dangerous amounts of mercury requires rainy skies, a mix of industry and swamp and a culture where people …

Fish

An entire pack of wolves has gone missing in California

In August 2015, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife made a landmark announcement: Trail cameras in northern California had captured images of a pack of gray wolves. It included two adults and five loping pups, all with unusual black coats.<p>That made the group the first pack to settle in …

Wildlife

Lynx

All four species of lynx have been photographed for the National Geographic Photo Ark project, where they are ambassadors for an extraordinary medium-size wild cat found across much of the Northern Hemisphere. These medium-size wild cats share more than a preference for rabbit, their primary prey. …

Endangered Species

Humans to blame for bulk of Arctic sea ice loss: study

Natural changes in the environment are responsible for about 40 percent of Arctic sea ice loss, while humans are to blame for the rest, a climate …

Climate Change

Giraffe Giving Birth On Live Cam: Will April’s Labor Be Effected By New York Snowstorm Stella?

Weeks after Animal Adventure Park set up a live cam for April, the pregnant giraffe did not give birth. She’s 15 months pregnant and could give birth …

Snowstorms

My First Mountain Lion

Like most hikers who frequent mountain lion territory, I know the basics of how to react if I encounter one. But that doesn’t mean I ever really …

Wildlife

Marine police, animal control rescue frozen coyote trapped on pier ladder

Wet and cold Sunday for a coyote wedged behind a ladder on the Burlington canal pier<p>A coyote was rescued after getting itself stuck at the Burlington …

Wildlife

Shoppers left stunned after disoriented OTTER strolls into Tesco store

Tesco shoppers got more than their groceries this morning when they spotted a disoriented otter strolling around a store.<p>The unusual sight attracted …

Wildlife

Endangered penguins, whales and seabirds at risk from Brexit

Funding to protect critically endangered wildlife, including whales, penguins and seabirds, could be at risk as a result of Brexit, campaigners …

Humpback Whales Are Forming Mysterious 'Super-Groups', and No One Can Explain It

They've never teamed up like this before.<p>Humpback whales are known for being the loners of the sea - while they tend to migrate, feed, and mate in …

More dead dolphins washing up on Cornish beaches than ever, figures show

There has been a sharp rise in the number of dolphins washing up dead on beaches on the south coast of England, figures show.<p>In the first two months of this year, 125 dolphins were discovered on beaches in Cornwall. That compares to 36 in the same period last year, and 14 the year before.<p>The death …

Dolphins

How humans evolved from crocodile-like animals which developed larger eyes enabling them to see food on land

Humans developed from crocodile-like animals which developed enormous eyes enabling them to see food on land, a new study says.<p>About 385 million …

Biology

Leukaemia began in bats 45 million years ago, study finds

Leukaemia began in ancient bent-winged bats up to 45 million years ago, a study has found.<p>A blood cancer-causing virus has been found in ancient DNA traces in a breakthrough that could lead to new treatments.<p>The discovery provides a "missing link" in the fossil record of retroviruses - a family of …

Biology

How did cobras evolve flesh-eating venom, and could it be used to treat cancer?

The cobra's iconic broad hood was this group of snakes' original strategy to ward off potential predators by making them look large and fierce, an …

Cancer

The rove beetle’s ability to mimic army ants independently evolved many times

Rove beetles have evolved the ability to look and smell enough like army ants that they can live amongst them. Until it’s dinner time.<p>The impostors …

Biology

Common Cuckoos can distinguish the calls of their neighbors from a stranger's

Male cuckoos appear to have a unique call that makes them distinguishable to and from other males. A new study appearing in <i>Animal Behaviour</i> shows …

Biodiversity

How do animals see in the dark?

On a moonless night, light levels can be more than 100m times dimmer than in bright daylight. Yet while we are nearly blind and quite helpless in the …

Nature

World's first fluorescent frog discovered in South America

In normal light the polka-dot tree frog has a dull complexion – but under UV light it glows bright green<p>The world’s first fluorescent frog has been discovered in the Amazon basin in Argentina.<p>Scientists at the Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum in Buenos Aires made the discovery by …

Biology

All About Albinism in Birds

Five Facts About Discoloration<p>1. Genetics determine true albino birds: Both parents have to carry the uncommon recessive genes that produce rare pure …

Nature

Bald Eagles Keep Dying And No One's Talking About It

When a bald eagle was brought to a wildlife rehabilitation center late last month , he was paralyzed and couldn't even hold his head up.People had to …

Wildlife

Blue-footed boobies use their distinctive feet for courtship and parenting

The male blue-footed booby is awfully proud of his feet. So much so that the seabird uses them in an elaborate courtship ritual to woo a prospective …

Nature

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Poison arrow frogs, a Steller sea lion and a chameleon are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Nature

Stunning wildlife photos from around the world

In honor of World Wildlife Day<p>The “Through Young Eyes” photo competition series is a set of hauntingly beautiful perspectives from young …

Wildlife

Why 'golfing' bumblebees are a big deal

The insects learned to roll a ball into a hole, an unfamiliar task for bees — and a sign they may be even smarter than we thought.<p>For insects with …