Wildlife

Rare 'Snakes from Hell' Lurk Near Petrochemical Plant in Ecuador

A secretive new ground snake gets a mythology-inspired name.

Nature

You can train your cat to use the toilet. Just don’t expect it to flush.

The apartment Daniel Freudberg shares with his girlfriend has two bathrooms. One is used by the couple and visitors. The other is used by their 7-month-old kitten, Kal, who does all his business in there — on the toilet.<p>“We never bought an actual litter box,” said Freudberg, 27, an Arlington, Va., …

Toilets

The Republican War on Critters

Why does the GOP have it in for wildlife?<p>Why do Republicans in Washington, D.C., want to kill bear cubs and wolf pups?<p>I know, that line probably …

Endangered Species

'Talking' gorilla Koko needs a new roof after NorCal rains

Koko, the western lowland gorilla best known for her ability to understand American Sign Language, is in need of a new roof.<p>An especially rainy winter in Santa Cruz (and across Northern California) damaged Koko's play yard and sleeping quarters, where she resides with her partner, Ndume. To cover …

San Francisco

Congress Rolls Back Obama-Era Rule On Hunting Bears And Wolves In Alaska

By a largely party-line vote Tuesday, the Senate approved a bill that repeals Obama-era hunting restrictions on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The House already voted last month to abolish those restrictions — which were instituted by the Fish and Wildlife Service in 2016 to protect predator …

Government

How to plan for your pets when you die

Americans love their pets. In fact, about 65% of U.S. households — roughly 80 million total — have at least one pet. That’s according to the Insurance Information Institute, which also found that cats are slightly more popular than dogs.<p>For many of these households, pets are often seen as members …

Pets

April Giraffe Update: The Latest About Animal Giving Birth On Live Stream

When some people wake up in the morning they check the weather report. And then there are those who check on the status of April, the pregnant …

Giraffes

Woman spots two huge wolves running alongside her car

A Canadian woman was travelling to work earlier this month when she caught sight of two large black wolves running on the road alongside her.<p>Rhonda Miller, who lives in Canada's Northwest Territories, initially thought the creatures were humans, until she got loser to them.<p>She pulled out her phone …

Northwest Territories

Beautiful Rescue Cat Stuns Everyone After Opening His Eyes

When Cotton was discovered by animal rescuers back in September, they never thought this beautiful cat would be holding a huge secret.<p>Carmen Weinberg …

Lifestyle

Oakland's Cat Cafe Is Cute, Sure. It's Also Saving Hundreds Of Cats' Lives.

Ann Dunn will be the first to tell you she's the last one you'd expect to run a cat rescue organization.<p>Particularly, if you knew her in college.<p>"I …

Cat Cafe

‘Piggy Bank,’ the beloved sea turtle who swallowed 915 coins, is dead

The operation took many surgeons and seven hours, much longer than expected, but the team of Thai doctors who cut open then stitched back together the 130-pound green sea turtle in early March walked away convinced they had defeated death.<p>In a bucket beside them were 915 coins, foreign and …

New Options for Getting Your Cat High Can Only Be a Good Thing

Catnip has long been the preferred fix for cats. Given just a tiny whiff of the plant, most cats will temporarily turn into an approximation of a …

Cute Animals

Lack of staffing, funds prevent marine protected areas from realizing full potential

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but a new global study demonstrates that …

Biodiversity

Joe Biden Just Met the Adorable Puppy Version of Himself, Internet Might Break

Internet sweetheart and former Vice President Joe Biden has a new best friend (sorry, Obama) and his name is Biden.<p>That’s Biden the 4-month-old …

Joe Biden

Eat Plants, Not Animals

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Re “Chickens Can Help Save Wildlife,” by Richard Conniff (Sunday Review, March 19): It is critical to acknowledge that consuming plant protein is a far more efficient way to sustain our planet’s growing human population. Animal agriculture is inherently inefficient and requires far …

Opinion

Dog walker finds 8ft-long boa constrictor in Oxfordshire field

Spring is here, and with the season comes all kinds of interesting wildlife as creatures come out of hibernation and return to our countryside.<p>Dog walkers can enjoy keeping their eyes out for hares, frogs, birds and perhaps, if they're lucky, a slow worm.<p>However, one dog walker got more than he …

Nature

Japan Declares Red Coral Species Extinct

Japan’s Ogasawara red coral is now extinct and 56 marine species are endangered, according to a new list of threatened species released by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment, <i>Japan Times</i> reports.<p>The so-called red list categorizes animals as extinct, critically endangered, endangered and …

Biodiversity

The secret of successful marine protected areas? People.

Shocking: the reserves only thrive when properly staffed and funded<p>At 582,578 square miles, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is not just the United States’ largest marine protected area—it’s currently the largest marine protected area in the world.<p>The monument, a stepladder-shaped oceanic …

Biodiversity

Spain's emergency room for wildlife

Just 15 miles from Spain's bustling capital city of Madrid, nestled in a lush public forest, is the GREFA animal hospital, the first stop for the …

Wild Facts About the Big Five: No. 3 – the Leopard

Highly adaptable, leopards thrive in both warm and cold climates, but prefer rocky landscapes and riverine forests. Even though their numbers are …

Dignified Portraits of Stray Cats Celebrate the Unique Beauty of Fearless Felines

A stray cat is often a permanent fixture of a neighborhood. Whether it’s catching local rodents or appearing on someone’s porch for a meal, these creatures are as alluring as they are aloof. What do they do all day before they emerge for their nightly can of tuna? 19-year-old photographer …

Photography

Czech Dvur Kralove zoo removes rhino horns from entire herd to pre-empt poachers

The move follows the murder at a zoo of a white rhino for its horn near Paris, earlier this month.<p>A Czech zoo is sawing off the horns of 21 rhinos as …

These Iconic Animals Could Again Be Hunted in Alaska's Refuges

Congress has voted to overturn an Obama-era rule prohibiting the hunting of bears, wolves, and other predators in Alaska's wildlife refuges.<p>Sprawling over 77 million acres, Alaska’s 16 national wildlife refuges are peppered with iconic animals, from grizzly bears and black bears to wolves and …

Alaska

Time to Manage Menhaden Ecologically

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has the chance this year to adopt a plan to safeguard populations of this vital little fish.<p>Fish …

Sport Fishing

Nashville Zoo's clouded leopard cub named "Niran"

Nashville's first-of-its-kind clouded leopard cub has a name — and has also opened its eyes.

Big Cats

Chickens Can’t Take Their Eyes Off This Cat

Meet Scruffles, the fat cat who has more admirers than you – and we’re not talking about the impressive number of his 42k Instagram followers, but …

Cute Animals

This is what it means when your cat 'inappropriately purrs'

Purring isn't always indicative of pleasure<p>We normally associate our cats' purring with a sound that indicates pleasure. It's the inner vibrations of …

Old Age

Former shelter dog helps save girl, 3, left naked and alone

RAPID RIVER, Mich. – A former shelter dog in Michigan is being credited with saving the life of a 3-year-old girl who was found naked and alone in …

Twin baby ring-tailed lemurs latest addition to Vienna zoo

VIENNA (Reuters) - Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo has welcomed two new additions to its enclosures - twin baby ring-tailed lemurs.<p>The park said in a statement on Wednesday the babies were born on Saturday and will be suckled for about six months, with other females helping their mother care for …

Environment

Trucker Takes a Chance on Rescued Cat and the Ginger Becomes His Purrfect Co-pilot..

A ginger cat named Percy came into a truck driver's life and became his most purrfect companion. He looked at his human with those eyes of many …

Cute Animals