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Please Look at These Turtles, Wolf Blitzer
With #ShowWolfATurtle, reptile biologists court a prominent new herp fan.
May 15, 2017
How to Make Friends and Influence Gators
Time to get used to the alligators among us, America.
May 11, 2017
Gorgeous, Gruesome Reminders to Bird-Proof Your Windows
When doves and pigeons collide with glass, they leave haunting images behind.
May 03, 2017
All Your Favorite Vacation Spots Have Been Overrun by Feral Chickens
Key West, Kauai, and Bermuda each have too many chickens—but very different ways of dealing with them.
April 14, 2017
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The Most Interesting Camel in the World
Before she retired to L.A.'s Griffith Park Zoo, Topsy was a soldier, a builder, a miner, and a movie star.
April 04, 2017
Why Are Penguins' Sex Lives So Scandalous?
Since the early 1900s, these adorable birds have been too freaky for us to handle.
March 15, 2017
Are We Knitting Too Many Tiny Sweaters for Animals?
Examining the enthusiasm for interspecies knitwear.
February 27, 2017
A 1902 Panther Escape Becomes Political
Ido Michaeli's new tapestry, "Black Panther Got Loose From the Bronx Zoo," brings allegory to a zoo breakout.
February 09, 2017
The Mystery of the World's Least American Cactus
How did Rhipsalis baccifera cross the ocean?
February 08, 2017
Feral Bunnies Are Taking Over Las Vegas
They've overrun yards, state parks, and even a mental health care facility—and no one knows what to do with them.
February 01, 2017
The Lovable Syrian Brown Bear Who Fought For His (Adoptive) Country
January 30, 2017
In the 1970s, the U.S. Navy Tried to Talk Like Whales
A recently declassified report reveals that Cold War submarines almost chirped and whistled.
January 17, 2017
Why the U.S. Government Treats Catfish Unlike Any Other Fish
There's a strange political battle over how catfish should be regulated.
January 05, 2017
Why Researchers Howl At Wolves—And Why Some Might Stop
For wolf experts, "elicited howling surveys" involve fearlessly imitating what they aim to study.
December 21, 2016
The Popular Victorian Clubs That Yearned To Fill Europe With Hippos
In the 19th century, dozens of Acclimatization Societies wanted to stock Europe with exotic beasts—and the colonies with tame ones.
December 08, 2016
Sea Lions Are Surprisingly Receptive to Holiday Spices
A new study shows they love to sniff not only kelp and sardines, but orange, cinnamon and banana.
November 30, 2016
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Lied to You As a Child
Do children's books need to be fact-checked to make them more true to nature?
November 16, 2016
What's Going To Happen to the Presidential Pet Museum?
Some of our country's most adorable historical artifacts are languishing in storage.
November 09, 2016
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