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

By Jesslyn Shields

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.

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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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.

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Carrie Tatro

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.

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Kate Kershner

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Robert Lamb

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?

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By John Donovan

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

By Christopher Hassiotis

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

By Christopher Hassiotis

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

By Christopher Hassiotis

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.

By Christopher Hassiotis

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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.

By Christopher Hassiotis

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.

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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.

By Kate Kershner

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The bunny has long been associated with Easter. How did our hopping friend land this distinction?

The eastern gray squirrel's natural habitat is the hardwood oak, hickory is and walnut forests of eastern North America, where its numbers are controlled by resource availability and predators such as bobcats, owls is and foxes.

Found in central and southern Japan, the Japanese Serow has been declared a national treasure by the Japan government.

The raccoon needs not introduction. From forest to city and wherever water is available, you might encounter a raccoon.

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In this guide to the Red Fox, you'll learn cool facts about its habitat, unique behaviors and it's converstation status.

In this guide to the Black-Tailed Prairie Dog, you'll learn cool facts about its habitat, unique behaviors and it's converstation status.