Other Mammals

Mammals are perhaps the most recognized type of wild animals on the planet. Check out our articles on well-known mammals like elephants, giraffes and panda bears, as well as some you might not know like pikas and tapirs.

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Battle of the Best Sonar: 'Team Dolphin' vs. 'Team Bat'

Before you declare which team you're on, we've got the breakdown on this auditory battle royal.

Scientists Figure Out Why Elephants' Skin Is So Cracked

Scientists have known for a long time that elephants have no sweat glands and keep cool through slinging mud on their skin. But they didn't know what made the skin so wrinkled — until now.

Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer

A strange evolutionary plot twist has been uncovered in the search for why elephants rarely get cancer.

Elephants Are Terrified of ... Honeybees?

It used to be assumed that African bush elephants avoided the sound of an angry bee hive. Now researchers believe they have receptors to detect a bee's alarm pheromones.

Pot Farming Threatens Adorable Weasel

The Humboldt marten was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1996. Now it is threatened again.

Sloths Only Poop Once a Week — But They Make It a Good One

Once a week or so, sloths climb down from their trees and poop on the ground. It feels so good, they do a little dance. But this time of pleasure is also a time of peril.

Will a Coyote Kill My Dog or Cat?

Urban coyotes have a fierce and formidable reputation as midnight predators, but coexistence with humans is possible.

Hedgehog Balloon Syndrome Sounds Adorable, Can Be Deadly

Due to a quirk in their anatomy, injured hedgehogs can experience skin inflating to the size of a basketball, which can be a painful and life-threatening development.

5 Mammals That Are Adorable … and Toxic

Sure, these mammals may be cute and cuddly. But that doesn't mean their bite can't pack a punch.

Genetic Analysis Shakes Up Elephant Family Tree, Raising Conservation Issues

A new genetic analysis clarifies the evolutionary relationships between five modern and extinct elephant species.

Wildlife Bridges Around the World Are Helping Deer and Crabs Cross Roads Safely

Officials are building bridges and underpasses to help animals safely cross busy roadways, which keeps the motorists and crossing creatures out of harm's way.

Baby Elephant Learns to Walk Again With Hydrotherapy

After losing part of her foot to a snare, the 6-month-old elephant named Clear Sky has to learn how to walk again.

Adorable Echidnas Keep Australia's Soil Healthy

Yep, these adorable Seussian misfits play a key role in the local environment.

The World's Most Trafficked Mammal Just Got New International Protections

More than 180 countries signed a new agreement to combat trade of the pangolin—the most critically endangered animal you've never heard of. Will it be enough?

African Elephants Are in Trouble, New Census Finds

More than 30,000 African elephants are dying annually, according to estimates just released by the Great Elephant Census. Poaching is the main culprit.

The Tiny Fox Saved From the Brink of Extinction

Thanks to the work of conservationists, these rare California island foxes have been removed from endangered species list and marked totally recovered.

Troubled Hedgehogs Fare Better in Urban Environments

Hedgehog populations in Britain have dropped severely. Understanding how the animals have adapted to urban and rural spaces will help us help them.

The 5 Animals Most Suitable to Replace Your Family Pet

Dutch researchers analyzed a surprising selection of exotic mammals to find which could most easily live alongside people in a humane way.

Binturongs Smell Like Hot, Buttery Popcorn — Now We Know Why

In a surprising way, the Southeast Asian mammal, AKA the bearcat, creates a chemical compound shared with roasty, toasty human food, according to a new study.

Things Are Looking Up for the Adorable American Pika

As the climate changes, some pika populations may die out, but others will flourish. A new study examined what's likely to happen in eight U.S. National Parks.

Climate Change Threatens Snow Bunnies, Making Camouflage a Liability

The white winter coat of a snowshoe hare protects it in the winter, but evolution can't keep up with a rapidly changing climate and shortening snowfalls.

Elephants Can Learn to Sniff Out Landmines

Creatures from pachyderms to bees are better than humans at detecting scents.

How good is an elephant's memory?

They say an elephant never forgets, but there's no need to put such unattainable expectations on the poor creature. After all, everyone forgets something at some point. Here's a better question: How much can an elephant remember?

Did people initially think the duckbill platypus was a hoax?

Ah, the duckbill platypus: the creature so strange it's said to be cobbled together from a bin of spare animal parts. With its odd appearance -- and even odder abilities -- it's no surprise the creature was once dismissed as an elaborate hoax.

Top 5 Reasons We Celebrate Easter With a Bunny

What do you know about the Bunny? Learn about the history of the Easter Bunny.


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