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Carnivores

Carnivores are meat-eating mammals. Learn about tigers, coyotes, and other predators of the animal kingdom.

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The Rusty-spotted Cat Is a Teeny-tiny Wild Cat

This kitten-looking wild cat is known as the 'hummingbird of the cat family' and could almost fit in the palm of your hand, but its diminutive size belies a ferocious personality.

Aardwolf: Aaarvark? Wolf? Nope, It's a Tiny Hyena

Aardwolves aren't closely related to either aardvarks or wolves, but these little hyenas resemble both in some ways.

Baby It's Cold Outside! How the Arctic Fox Survives Frigid Temps

The arctic fox is able to thrive in temperatures as low as -58 degrees F (-50 degrees C), largely because it has fur on the soles of its feet and the warmest coat of any animal on Earth.

What's the Difference Between a Mountain Lion and a Cougar?

Puma, panther, mountain cat, mountain lion, mountain screamer, painter, catamount and, yes, cougar. This cat has a lot of names!

Why Do Spotted Hyenas Laugh?

With their fierce jaws and cunning hunting tactics, spotted hyenas don't seem to have much to joke about. So what do those spine-chilling peals of laughter really mean?

Is It a Fox on Stilts? Nope, It's a Maned Wolf!

The maned wolf might as well be called a werewolf given its unfortunate name. You see it's not a wolf at all, and despite all appearances, it isn't a fox either.

What Is a Coywolf?

They have been called both “coywolf” and “coydog,” but the majority of the scientific community recognizes this hybrid animal simply as the “eastern coyote.”

Cheetahs: The Big Cats That Can Totally Pass You on the Interstate

With lightning speed and incredible vision, the cheetah is the fastest land animal on Earth and the best hunter on the savanna.

Lions, Tigers and … Ligers? Oh My!

Whaddya get when you cross a lion and a tiger? Yep — you get a liger, of course. But why are they considered controversial?

Lions: 5 Roaring Facts About the King of the Beasts

The proverbial "king of the beasts," lions are second in size to just one other cat in the world, the tiger. But a lion's biggest fear? Tangling with a porcupine the size of a small dog.

Bobcats Are Back From the Brink (and Possibly in Your Backyard)

It turns out that bobcats do just fine if not actively hunted by humans.

Coyotes: The 'Song Dogs' of North America

Though ol' Wile E. never did catch the Road Runner, coyotes are some of the most ingenious and adaptable animals on the planet.

Jackals: Canine Survivors and Tricksters of Folklore

Jackals, formidable members of the canine family, are often portrayed in traditional world folklore as wily tricksters, up to no good. They are actually brilliant survivalists.

6 Wild Cats Still Found Roaming the U.S.

As much as human beings have encroached on wildlife over recent decades, there are still several species of big cats living wild in the U.S. today.

Meet the Ocelot: The Cutest Little Big Cat

The ocelot may look like a slightly wilder version of a domesticated tabby cat, but they are three times the size of house cats, much fiercer and, though abundant in some areas, still endangered.

5 Cool Cats in the Wild

When we think of big cats in the wild, we most likely think of lions and tigers. But there are so many more amazing wild cats you've probably never even heard of. Here are five.

Wolves' Return to Yellowstone a Boon for Streams

A first-of-its-kind study reaffirms why wolves are vital to the health of our ecosystem.

Fear of the Human 'Superpredator' Causes Large Carnivores to Eat Less

By frightening top predators, the fear of humans may be distorting ecosystem processes even more than previously imagined.

That Funky Meerkat Scent Comes From a Surprising Source

A new scientific study reveals that the smells unique to meerkat communities aren't produced by the meerkats themselves.

Some Wild Elephants Need Only Two Hours of Sleep

The two elephants studied even went some days without sleeping at all.

Do Big Cats Freak Out Over Laser Pointers Like House Cats?

House cats seem to love chasing laser pointers. But what about their larger, wilder cousins?

Spicy Vest Full of Chili Powder Protects Dogs From Wolf Attacks

One Finnish town is trying out an unconventional method for protecting their pets from protected wolves.

Three Rare White Lion Cubs Born in Georgian Zoo

The cuddly cubs were born in the same zoo that experienced disastrous flooding in 2015.

Researcher Paints Eyes on Cow Butts to Deter Lions

Who's ready for operation iCow?

Decoding Wolf Dialects

A study finds wolves howl differently depending on the species.

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