Louisiana Black Bear May Soon Be Removed From Endangered Species List

The Louisiana black bear inspired the teddy bear and is its home state’s official mammal, and its once-low population has been elevated thanks to decades of conservation efforts. This week, the US Department of the Interior announced the bear may soon be removed from its list of threatened species. » 5/23/15 4:00pm Saturday 4:00pm

This Prehistoric Pocket Deer Has Fewer Chromosomes Than A Fruit Fly

Meet the muntjac — the most interesting deer in the world. It’s the size of a dog, it’s the oldest deer around, it has antlers but fights with tusks, and it even barks loudly at things that threaten it. But its most interesting quality is this — it gets by with fewer chromosomes than any other mammal on Earth. » 5/22/15 12:00pm Friday 12:00pm

These Animal Hatching Videos Could Inspire Some Freaky Horror Films

If you want to design a truly bizarre alien creature, you really don’t need to look farther than our own animal kingdom for inspiration. And some Earth-dwelling critters look especially odd when they’re first hatching into the world. Don’t believe us? Check out these videos of not-so-cute hatchlings. » 5/20/15 4:00pm 5/20/15 4:00pm

Largest-Ever Rhino Airlift Recently Released First 10 Rhinos In Botswana

Beverly Joubert and her husband Dereck are spearheading a relocation project, called Rhinos Without Borders, that aims to move 100 rhinos from poaching hotspots in South Africa to safer parks in Botswana. It’s the largest rhino airlift ever attempted, and the first ten transportees have been successfully released. » 5/15/15 3:00pm 5/15/15 3:00pm

Three Things You Probably Didn't Know About Crab Lice

Crab lice (Pthirus pubis) aren’t crabs at all—they’re parasitic insects that feed exclusively on human blood, and their bites can cause intense itching in their hosts. Often, this itching happens in the pubic area, which is why they’re also known as “pubic lice”—which, it turns out, is actually a misnomer. » 5/15/15 4:54pm 5/15/15 4:54pm