Wildlife and Nature

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It will take 40 years before dolphins recover from Deepwater Horizon spill

In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill changed the Gulf of Mexico in ways that we're still trying to understand. Over the course of 87 days, …

Biological Species

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Sea turtles laying eggs, buffalo and a swan lake are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Nature

Each arm of an octopus has a mind of its own

And that's not a stretch — it can smell and taste independently!<p>Have you ever wondered how an octopus manages to choreograph eight arms all moving …

Robotics

Why Google's Valentine's Day game is a lot darker than you think

Hop over to Google.com, and you'll see a pair of enamored pangolins prepping for Valentine's Day this week. Press play, and you can help the cute scaly mammals fall in love.<p>Perhaps you'll feel whimsical, or even a little happy.<p>Consider this your dose of cold, hard reality: The pangolin — a …

Wildlife

Owl of a sudden, long-eared owls are everywhere

Long-eared owls don't actually have long ears. They're named after tall, feathery tufts on their heads that <i>look</i> like ears. Their real ones are hidden …

For These Monkeys, It's a Fight for Survival

On their Indonesian island, crested black macaques are hunted for meat, kept as pets, and threatened by a shrinking habitat. Can they be saved?<p>This story appears in the March 2017 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.<p>If it weren’t for a cheeky monkey named Naruto, who, as the story goes, stole a …

Wildlife

Five Endangered Species Recoveries You’ve Never Heard Of

Island Night Lizard<p>Two words are most commonly used to describe the island night lizard: remarkably sedentary.<p>That may be an understatement.<p>The small …

Biodiversity

6 ingenious traps set by the world's hungriest carnivorous plants

Photos: Olexandr Taranukhin/Shutterstock<p>Many people may be familiar with the sinister jaws of Venus flytraps or even the bulbous pouches of pitcher …

Botany

Supernatural spit is the frog's secret weapon for catching bugs

Frogs are famous for the long sticky tongue they use to snag prey. But what is it about this tongue that allows a frog to nab an insect, pull the …

Science

2 adorable (and unexpected) jaguars born at Pennsylvania zoo

Well, this was a surprise!<p>These two jaguar cubs were born at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 24, and the zookeepers didn't …

Wildlife

The week in wildlife – in pictures

An otter family, a diving kingfisher and the Amazon coral reef are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Nature

Pokémon-Loving Paleontologists Dub Newly Discovered 'Turtle-Pig' Fossil A Bulbasaurus

Ever wanted to see a real Pokémon? Meet <i>Bulbasaurus phylloxyron</i>. Interesting for reasons beyond its name, <i>Bulbasaurus</i> is a newly discovered species of an ancient mammalian relative called a dicynodont. It is described by paleontologists Christian Kammerer of Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin and Rodger …

Paleontology

Tagged Mako Shark Travels Record Distance

Mako named Hell's Bay travels more than 13,000 miles in 600 days, longest trek of any mako in Atlantic tagged by Nova Southeastern University<p>FORT …

Sharks

5 crazy facts about leaf-cutter ants

Leaf-cutter ants are known for their impressive carrying abilities, but what else do you know about them? Here are five quick facts to broaden your …

Nature

Falcons on a plane? It happens more often than you'd think

These falcons appear to be handling the flight better than many humans. (Photo: Lensoo/Reddit)<p>One of the most popular photos on Reddit this week had …

Aviation

Birdist Rule #106: Go Find Yourself a Bufflehead

Ducks don’t get nearly enough credit from non-birders. I’ve found that the unenlightened opinion of ducks is that they’re kind of lame, slowly …

Nature

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Hugging deer, feeding green turtles and a Konik foal are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Nature

Beautiful Footage of Graceful Bell Jellies Moving Through Blue Waters at Monterey Bay Aquarium

As a part of their Drifters Gallery, the Monterey Bay Aquarium captured absolutely beautiful footage of Polyorchis Bell Jellies moving their delicate …

High-Speed Video Captures Amazing Viper Strike in the Wild

For the first time, scientists have captured high-speed video of a viper striking at its prey in the wild.<p>The infrared footage shows a Mohave …

Nature

Scientists Find the Elusive Neurons Give Bats Their Internal GPS

Bats' vector cells keep track of their angle and distance from a target.<p>Scientists have discovered a new kind of neuron in bats that allows them to figure out their angle and distance to a location, a new study in <i>Nature</i> reports. Though we know a lot about the neurons that help animals locate …

11 Mysterious Facts About Okapis

The giraffe’s closest living relative is a striped, long-tongued beast called the okapi. These forest-dwelling creatures are elusive—so much so that …

Scientists discover that white rhino dung has a lot in common with a Facebook post

Here’s a social networking site you can find with your nose. Scientists studying the communal pooping areas of white rhinos in South Africa have found that the animals use them like social messaging boards — to leave notes about their status and to read the “posts” of others.<p>The discovery, …

Wildlife

A Wise Monkey Knows How Little He Knows

Knowing one's limits can be a strength. Just ask Socrates, whose Socratic paradox is often summed up in the phrase: "I know one thing: that I know …

The Brain

This lovely seadragon has never been seen alive, until now

Ladies and gentlemen, meet one of the newest known members of the animal kingdom.<p>For the first time, scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California, have filmed a new species of seadragon in the wild. Dubbed the ruby seadragon for its resplendent red coloration, …

Fish

Woodland creatures build snowmen, toss snowballs in photographer's winter playground

Russian photographer Vadim Trunov is known for his captivating photos of wildlife. When the snow falls, Trunov takes to the great outdoors to capture …

Why these camera trap photos of ocelot kittens are a big deal

This year, biologists in Texas were thrilled to discover rare ocelot kittens at den sites they have been monitoring through camera traps and GPS …

Tequila makers helped bring this bat species back from the brink

When environmentalists and industry leaders come together for conservation, amazing things happen. Take, for instance, the case of the lesser …

Everybody likes a snow day (at the zoo)

Portland, Oregon, has been covered in snow this week — with 6.5 inches measured at the Portland International Airport on Jan. 11, and some areas …

This bumble bee was everywhere. Now it’s on the endangered species list.

For the first time in American history, a bumble bee species has been placed on the endangered species list. It probably won’t be the last.<p>The rusty patched bumble bee was so prevalent 20 years ago that pedestrians in Midwest cities fought to shoo them away. Now, even trained scientists and …

Bees