Scientists using shelter dogs to help find rare animals

Awesome article over at SciAm about the use of dogs in order to track rare animals in the wild for research purposes. As someone who works with animals in the lab, nice to see animals being used to help scientists where they aren't the test subjects. » 2/25/15 7:03pm 2/25/15 7:03pm

Pablo Escobar's Hippos Are Going Under the Knife for Contraception

By now you probably know the story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar's hippos, which are now wreaking havoc in Colombian wetlands. If you don't, here's a quick recap. » 12/10/14 5:49pm 12/10/14 5:49pm

The Absolute Best Gifts For People Who Love Animals

Gratitude is not unique to our species. Neither is imagination, or politics, or warfare, or dancing. But the trading of gifts - at least those other than food, grooming, or sex - might just be. Here are some gift ideas for the lovers of non-human animals in your life. » 12/05/14 6:46pm 12/05/14 6:46pm

This Video of Lion Hunting is Killer

Last month we brought you footage of an African painted dog pack taking down a pregnant impala. Today, we bring you lions hunting a baby buffalo. » 12/05/14 4:28pm 12/05/14 4:28pm

This Nature Documentary Was Made Inside the World of Grand Theft Auto

Lots of things are wrong with the Grand Theft Auto franchise - violence, sexism, and so on - but I think it's still pretty cool that the GTA 5 universe has wildlife running (and swimming) around. A YouTuber recorded the CGI wildlife and created a tribute to the Attenborough "grandeur of nature"-style documentary. » 12/01/14 4:40pm 12/01/14 4:40pm

Photo Safari: Lions

I always thought it was odd that lions were called the King of the Jungle when, in truth, they live on the savannah and in the bush. Still, they're definitely royalty among the African megafauna. » 11/22/14 3:37pm 11/22/14 3:37pm

Painted Dogs Took Down A Pregnant Impala and Nat Geo Streamed It Live

In the run-up to Nat Geo WILD's Big Cat Week, the network has been livestreaming video from South Africa's Kruger National Park twice each day online via Last week, viewers got a surprise: a pack of wild dogs brought down a pregnant impala. Fair warning: this video is hard to watch. » 11/20/14 1:00am 11/20/14 1:00am

A Hippo Learns The Only 100% Effective Birth Control is Abstinence

As part of their management of their animals, zoos get together to create breeding recommendations for each species. But sometimes the animals have their own plans. Despite being on contraceptives, a Los Angeles Zoo hippo delivered a surprise baby on Halloween. » 11/07/14 12:55am 11/07/14 12:55am

Meet Afghanistan's Elusive, Endangered "Vampire" Deer

This is a male musk deer, knowing for growing fangs during the breeding season. A recent survey by the Wildlife Conservation Society confirmed that Kashmir musk deer, one of seven related Asian species, still live in Afghanistan's Nuristan Province, some 60 years after its last recorded sighting. » 10/31/14 6:25pm 10/31/14 6:25pm

Meet the "Snot Otter," North America's Biggest Salamander

If you've splashed around in the creeks of Appalachia, you may have been close to the largest salamander in North America, the Eastern hellbender, but you probably wouldn't have known it. Learn about this magnificent critter in a short documentary produced by Freshwaters Illustrated and the US Forest Service. » 10/24/14 6:09pm 10/24/14 6:09pm

Half of Our Planet's Wildlife Is Gone. Here's Why.

"In less than two human generations, population sizes of vertebrate species have dropped by half." That's the startling conclusion offered by the World Wildlife Foundation, as they release their biennial "Living Planet Report." But what does that mean? » 10/01/14 4:50pm 10/01/14 4:50pm

Watch A Hyena Climb Inside a Buffalo Carcass And Play Peek-a-Boo

When hyenas and lions get into a shouting match over a buffalo carcass, it's a loud, raucous scene. One hyena apparently had enough of the shouting so it decided to climb inside of the warm, wet, meaty carcass, where the buffalo's tasty muscles no doubt provided an acoustic barrier. » 9/29/14 4:11pm 9/29/14 4:11pm

A Sea Lion Joins Divers In A Shark Cage -- And Has To Be Helped Out

Shark cages are meant to keep you in and wildlife out. But it seems as if one sea lion didn't quite get that message. » 9/24/14 3:59pm 9/24/14 3:59pm

Heroic Firefighters Save An Injured Koala By Using Mouth-to-Mouth

Late last week, wildlife rescue workers responded to a call about an injured koala in Melbourne. After rescuers retrieved the marsupial, who they nicknamed Sir Chompsalot, they realized they would have to perform CPR. » 8/25/14 6:42pm 8/25/14 6:42pm

Biologists Have Finally Realized That Animals Don't Live in Flatland

Animals live their lives in three dimensions. By incorporating data from the third, vertical dimension - elevation, altitude, or depth - scientists can finally have a more accurate understanding of how animals move.
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Treetop Camera Traps Catch Animals In Their Most Candid Moments

Most of the world's photographs are taken between zero and six feet from the ground. Wildlife biologists love their camera traps, and one group finally decided to place some in the trees of a tropical rainforest, nearly 90 feet high. Here's what they found. » 7/15/14 7:35pm 7/15/14 7:35pm

Black Bear Safely Relocated After Sneaking Onto NIH Campus

Scientists working at the National Institutes of Health are usually concerned with problems like infectious disease and brain development. Yesterday, they were concerned with a black bear who found its way onto their campus. » 6/20/14 3:40pm 6/20/14 3:40pm

First Ever Baby Rhino Born From 10-Year-Old Cryogenically Frozen Sperm

Earlier this month, the Buffalo and Cincinnati Zoos made history when an Indian rhino was born to a father who had been dead for ten years. Is this the future of conservation? » 6/18/14 5:39pm 6/18/14 5:39pm

"WildLeaks" is like WikiLeaks But For Wildlife Crimes

Wildlife-related crimes comprise the fourth largest category of international crimes, after drugs and trafficking in humans and arms. A new, anonymous reporting tool helps whistleblowers fight back. » 6/17/14 5:34am 6/17/14 5:34am