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
Bees Are Smart But Don't Try Training Them at Home
Not All Birds Fly South for Winter: Partial Migration Is on the Rise
Sharks Dig Jazz? Not So Fast
Orca Mother Grieves Dead Calf More Than Two Weeks
Stinging 'Sea Lice' Invading Atlantic Beaches
Here's Why You Shouldn't Eat a Box Turtle in the Wild
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
Watch out if you want a bite of this bad boy. The Asian common toad has been spotted in Madagascar, and conservation ecologists are worried sick about it.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 18, 2018
You can't tell a book by its cover, and you can't tell a squid by its Nosferatu getup.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 11, 2018
Sea spiders don't do anything by the book, and researchers have just gotten to the bottom of how they breathe.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 1, 2018
Once you accept squirrels aren't going anywhere, you can apply a more creative approach to keeping the critters away from your prized tomatoes.
By Jamie Allen May 31, 2018
It's easy to mistake a crow for a raven or vice versa. But the two birds are actually pretty different.
By Mark Mancini May 29, 2018
A new study seems to suggest that sharks prefer jazz to classical music but the researchers set us straight.
By Alia Hoyt May 29, 2018
Researchers have successfully used RNA to transfer a memory from one sea snail to another.
By Jesslyn Shields May 25, 2018
African Matabele ants always take the quickest route back to headquarters, which may not be the shortest path.
By John Perritano May 24, 2018
Spontaneous sex reversal in chickens is pretty rare, but it does happen. Find out how Miss Lucille became Mr. Lucille.
By Alia Hoyt May 23, 2018
Think your bed is cleaner than a chimp's? Researchers at North Carolina State University set out to find the answer.
By Kristen Hall-Geisler May 22, 2018
Tiny Satellite to Search Universe for Missing Matter
Schizophrenia's the Price of Neural Evolution?
Where Have All the Seashells Gone?