Whether they crawl, fly, swim, slither, walk, run or pounce, wild animals rely on their instincts. Read about all kinds of wild animals, mammals, birds, fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians.
Toxic Toad Threatens Madagascar's Biodiversity
How Beekeeping Works
French Rooks Trained as Park Janitors
Cheap Magnets Could Keep Sharks Out of Fishing Nets
How Billie the Dolphin Taught Her Flippered Friends to Bust a Move
Stinging 'Sea Lice' Invading Atlantic Beaches
Here's Why You Shouldn't Eat a Box Turtle in the Wild
Beekeeping, when you get down to it, is the art and science of removing honey from hardworking bees without them missing it. But beekeeping is about so much more than just the honey.
By Dave Roos
A dolphin named Billie learned a dolphin-show trick from some captive dolphins, taught her wild friends how to do it and started a fad.
By Jesslyn Shields Sep 11, 2018
The tiny fly cocoons are between 34 and 40 million years old and contained well-preserved parasitic fossils.
By Mark Mancini Sep 10, 2018
A Columbia University scientist stumbled upon the first of seven new spiders while hunting for local frogs.
By Mark Mancini Sep 6, 2018
The Indian giant squirrel is covered in flamboyant colors like orange, black and bright purple. But why?
By Jamie Allen Aug 31, 2018
Domesticated animals like dogs and horses are known to respond to human facial expressions, but a new study finds that goats also like it when we smile.
By Jesslyn Shields Aug 31, 2018
A French theme park has trained a crew of six rooks to pick up after its messy guests.
By Jesslyn Shields Aug 29, 2018
A strange evolutionary plot twist has been uncovered in the search for why elephants rarely get cancer.
By Jesslyn Shields Aug 24, 2018
Commercial fisheries accidentally kill around 100 million — yes, 100 million — sharks each year. The solution to this problem might lie in magnets.
By Jesslyn Shields Aug 23, 2018
The Asian longhorned tick has shown up in six states so far, and nobody knows how it got here.
By Mark Mancini Aug 14, 2018
Partial migration — where some animals or birds in the same species migrate regularly and others don't — is more common than you'd think. But what explains that behavior?
By Mark Mancini Aug 13, 2018
A mother orca spent more than two weeks clinging to her dead calf. But why?
By Jesslyn Shields Aug 10, 2018
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 Aug 2, 2018
Is it a whale ... a dolphin? Is it a whale-pin?
By Kristen Hall-Geisler Jul 31, 2018
Teaching bees to do things like sniff out certain smells is easy. The tricky part is training them to use the skills in the wild.
By John Donovan Jul 20, 2018
Being eaten from the inside out by wasps sounds like something out of a nightmare, but for some caterpillars, sadly, it's just life.
By Jesslyn Shields Jul 17, 2018
The Humboldt marten was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1996. Now it is threatened again.
By Jesslyn Shields Jul 12, 2018
Bees "beard" together, sometimes to swarm, but usually to keep the hive cool during hot summer weather.
By Carrie Tatro Jul 11, 2018
Sea lice aren't actually lice — they're jellyfish — but they're no fun when they get in your bathing suit.
By Jesslyn Shields Jul 6, 2018
The American swamp sparrow has created an oral tradition that's lasted more than a millennium.
By Laurie L. Dove Jul 2, 2018
Breaking news: Dolphins and porpoises don't actually look very much alike.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 28, 2018
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 Jun 27, 2018
The newest goblin spiders hail from Sri Lanka, and they're named after fanciful and fictional goblins and brownies.
By Robert Lamb Jun 21, 2018
What benefit does one bird get from copying another bird's calls?
By Mark Mancini Jun 20, 2018
Could such a simple change make a major impact? A new study says it's possible.
By Michelle Konstantinovsky Jun 20, 2018
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