Mammals

Scientifically-speaking there are 11 mammal groups, and most Mammals are warm-blooded, have body hair, give live birth and nurse their young with milk from mammary glands. Check out these articles about all kinds of mammals.

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Wild Lemurs Get Their Own Facial Recognition Software

Scientists hope to eliminate need for tagging, extend system to other wild animals.

Some Wild Elephants Need Only Two Hours of Sleep

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

White Rhinos Communicate via Massive Communal Poop Piles

Rhino herds defecate in giant, shared dung piles called midden, then they stick their noses in the stuff. Here's why.

The U.S. Wild Pig Population Is Exploding

The feral pig population in the U.S. is a growing issue in nearly 40 states. The USDA hopes to wipe out the billion-dollar problem within a decade.

Solar Flares Could Scramble Signals, Cause Mysterious Whale Beachings

Each year, hundreds of healthy whales end up stranded on beaches, and scientists are investigating what could be behind the phenomenon.

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?

5 Things You Didn't Know About Squirrels

If you look outside your window right now, you'll probably see one running up a tree or checking you out. How did the squirrel get so commonplace?

Orca Menopause May Be Related to Mother-Daughter Competition

Only three mammal species on Earth lose the ability to reproduce during middle age. Killer whales, like us, are one of that select group. But why?

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.

Madagascar's Most Famous Species Is Near Extinction

Ring-tailed lemurs — perhaps the most iconic species on the tropical island of Madagascar — are in significant decline due to habitat loss, hunting and illegal capture.

Elephants Eat Leftover Christmas Trees

Zookeepers in Europe feed their elephants surplus holiday foliage, giving the animals a treat they both eat and play with.

Marmosets Have Excellent Hearing, and That Might Help Improve Tech for the Deaf

Thanks to the humanlike pitch awareness of these adorable primates, researchers have more insight into how sound is processed in the brain.

Monkeys Have the Anatomy for 'Human' Speech, But Not the Brains

Turns out the reboot of 'Planet of the Apes' got one thing right — it's the brains monkeys lack, not the anatomy.

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.

Rats Are Ticklish Just Like Humans, New Study Shows

They're dirty, hairy, mangy-looking creatures — and they giggle and squirm when tickled, just like us.

Aging Bonobos Experience Vision Deterioration Just Like Humans Do

Who doesn't love a farsighted ape wearing reading glasses?

Narwhal Echolocation Abilities Exceed Those of Any Other Animal, Study Finds

It turns out that one of the world's most enchanting animals has even stronger superpowers than we previously knew. Surprise!

Brazilian Free-tailed Bats Are Way Faster Than We Thought

Yes, these nocturnal mammals can fly faster than our most beloved speedy birds. And they beat the record by a long shot.

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?

Horses Can Be Taught to Communicate With Us Using Symbols

In research that showed intentional expressions of desire, horses have been added to the short list of animals that can use symbols to communicate with humans.

'Cool Girl' Female Macaques Get More Grooming Than Less-popular Ladymonkeys

The most popular lady macaques show us why nitpicking pays off.

Experts Find There Are Four Giraffe Species. Can You Tell Them Apart?

Can you tell one species of giraffe from the next? We've got some pics to help you out.

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.


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