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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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.

Watch Newborn Monkeys Smile in Their Sleep Just Like Human Babies

We do it. Chimps do it. A new study out of Japan investigates just how far back on the evolutionary ladder this totally adorable behavior goes.

Humpback Whales Save the Day for Seals, Other Species

Is it altruism? Revenge? Marine scientists aren't quite sure why humpbacks will sometimes save other animals from killer whales on the hunt.

Three Rare White Lion Cubs Born in Georgian Zoo

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

One Time This Pony Drank a Lot of Diet Coke. Here's Why

For some horses and ponies, Diet Coke can be a literal lifesaver.

Young Lemurs Refuse to Sing the Family Song

Adolescent humans aren't the only creatures trying to get attention by doing their own thing.

Researcher Paints Eyes on Cow Butts to Deter Lions

Who's ready for operation iCow?

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.

Gold Found in Urine of Rare Indian Cows

Talk about filthy lucre! Trace amounts of the precious metal turned up when scientists looked into bovine bathroom business.

This Rare Giraffe Is Losing More of Its Color Every Year

Late-stage albinism? Disastrous paint spill? Marty McFly in giraffe form? Maybe the African mammal just has something in common with Michael Jackson.

Goodbye, Melomys: Climate Change Claims Its First Mammal Species

Rising sea levels wiped out the entire population of a rodent species only found on remote Australian island Bramble Cay. Who's next?

To Save the Galapagos Islands, We May Need to Modify Rat DNA

The population-control strategy to rid the islands of the invasive species would use something called "gene driving" and GMO rodents.

Orcas Altered Their Own Evolution

Orcas have culture, just like humans do. And that culture can influence their evolution.

Alexander Camelton, the Baby Camel Taking the Internet by Storm

The baby camel is definitely cuter than his namesake, don't you think? No word yet on how Alexander Camelton feels about Federalism.

Why There Are More Sumatran Orangutans Than We Previously Thought

The good news is that new research expands the orangutan count, but the bad news is that it's not because the population has grown.

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.

Prairie Dogs Savagely Kill Squirrels to Eliminate the Competition

Prairie dogs are cute little vegetarians … who have no problem casually snapping the neck of a ground squirrel. And those that kill have another sexy benefit, too.

'Off Switch' for Appetite Accidentally Discovered in Brain Enzyme

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have stumbled upon a previously unknown type of brain cell that tells mice when to stop eating. Could that work for humans?


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