Wild Animals

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.

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Baboons: The Monkeys With the Scarlet Booties

Those red butts on baboons do serve a purpose, sort of, but it's probably not quite what you think.

Orangutan Jungle School: Teaching Orangutans How to Be Orangutans

Orphaned Bornean orangutans need all the help they can get — the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation steps in to teach them the art of survival.

Meet the Montana Grizzly Bear Product Testers

It's the job of the huge grizzly bears at Montana's Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center to test the everything from coolers and trash cans to food storage containers.

Box Jellyfish: World's Most Venomous Sea Creature

Most jellyfish are more bothersome than threatening, but the box jellyfish is so poisonous you might not make it out of the water alive.

Grass Gobbling Goats Are Gardening Away at O'Hare, Google

Clearing land with goats rather than machinery is eco-friendly, effective and adorable.

Fisher Cats: Tough Guys of the Weasel World

Fisher cats aren't actually cats, but cat-sized members of the weasel family, and their favorite snack is — yikes — the porcupine.

We're Losing the Chemical War on Cockroaches

These nasty pests are developing cross-resistance to multiple classes of insecticides.

The Charismatic Capybara Is Chiller Than Your Dog

Arguably the most charming rodent in the world, the capybara is also the largest.

Koi Fish: Shining Jewels of the Water Garden

The colorful superstars of backyard water gardens are actually ornamental varietals of domesticated carp.

Water Moccasin, Cottonmouth: Different Names, Same Venomous Snake

Cottonmouth snakes are often called water moccasins and are one of only four venomous snakes found in North America.

The Blue Whale: Bigger Than Megalodon

It is the largest animal ever to exist on the planet.

Copperhead Snakes: Not Always Lethal, But Best Left Alone

Though a copperhead will bite if disturbed, and it is venomous, its bite is rarely fatal.

Wasps Have an Image Problem, But Here's Why We Need Them

Just like bees, wasps are pollinators that are also endangered. But you rarely hear anyone pleading to save wasps. A new study finds out why wasps are despised by the public and researchers alike.

Red Pandas Are Not the Lesser Pandas

Despite being known as the "lesser panda," the red panda is so totally cute, we simply can't use that moniker. No way. Not now. Not ever.

Where Did San Francisco's Wild Parrots Come From?

The parrots of the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco are legendary, but how did they get there?

Dive Inside the Weird World of the Ocean Sunfish

It's one of the gentle giants of the sea. It loves sunbathing, dining on crabs and taking deep dives to the ocean floor.

6 Wild Cats Still Found Roaming the U.S.

As much as human beings have encroached on wildlife over recent decades, there are still several species of big cats living wild in the U.S. today.

Meet the Ocelot: The Cutest Little Big Cat

The ocelot may look like a slightly wilder version of a domesticated tabby cat, but they are three times the size of house cats, much fiercer and, though abundant in some areas, still endangered.

The Harmless Garter Snake Is Your Garden's Best Friend

Garter snakes are harmless, very common and beneficially feed on slugs, leeches, large insects and small rodents in North American gardens.

The Brown Recluse Spider: Its Reputation Is Worse Than Its Bite

Ninety percent of brown recluse bites don't have any effect at all — but the mythology around these creatures and their bites is legendary.

Rules for Keeping a Pet Chinchilla

These adorable little rodents are popular as pets, but they require some special care.

Will the Real Banana Spider Please Stand Up?

Is the "banana spider" you're looking at the one that sits around harmlessly catching flies, or could its bite kill a small child? If we rely solely on common names, this question is complicated.

6 Reasons Monkeys Should Never Be Pets

It may seem like just the cutest thing in the world to you, but owning a pet monkey is a really bad idea. Here's why.

How Did Weasels Get Such a Bad Rap?

These little critters are super cute, so why do they have a reputation for being one of the worst of the mammal world?

Alpacas Are Totally Not Llamas

Alpacas are highly intelligent and they're not pets. They require a lot of research and specialized knowledge if you plan to bring a few home.


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