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.
New Species of Glass Frog Is So Transparent You Can See Its Heart
Do Flying Cockroaches Target Your Face, or Does It Just Feel That Way?
Male Cockatoos Woo Their Ladies With Impressive Drum Solos
Scientists Discover Why Half of All Farmed Salmon Are Partially Deaf
Squirrels Are Hardwired to 'Dance' When a Car's Coming
Jaws and Claws: Alligators Eat Small Sharks More Often Than We Thought
Here's Why You Shouldn't Eat a Box Turtle in the Wild
A new genetic analysis clarifies the evolutionary relationships between five modern and extinct elephant species.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 12, 2017
Despite our best efforts at eradicating them, rats keep outsmarting us. Here's how.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Jun 7, 2017
Scientists planted dummy caterpillars across the globe and discovered that when it comes to safety from predation, it's all about location, location, location.
By Jesslyn Shields May 26, 2017
We've learned that young orangutans nurse for much longer than any other mammal, knowledge which could help conservation efforts.
By Jesslyn Shields May 24, 2017
It's the first evidence researchers have of the whales using their "unicorn horns" to capture prey.
By Kate Kershner May 16, 2017
The secrets to ladybugs' wing-folding could yield new designs in flying robots and even newfangled umbrellas.
By Amanda Onion May 15, 2017
In the first-ever video of its kind, two male cuttlefish in the wild go head-to-head over a coveted mate.
By Kate Kershner May 9, 2017
Could plastic-eating caterpillars help rid the planet of trillions of bags clogging landfills and other ecosystems? A chance scientific discovery may provide answers.
By John Perritano May 4, 2017
Humans may not be the only animals that dig a soothing whiff of lavender oil.
By Tracy Staedter May 3, 2017
For one species of dragonfly, the hassle of dealing with aggressive suitors is worth playing possum over.
By Jesslyn Shields May 3, 2017
Deprived of oxygen, naked mole rats can alter their metabolic functions to something less mammalian and more plantlike, burning fructose instead of glucose.
By Jesslyn Shields Apr 25, 2017
Sure, your voice is great. But can you move? That's what female Java sparrows want to know before they get busy, a new study finds.
By Chris Opfer Apr 19, 2017
It's like the movie "Groundhog Day" every April, but with hibernation, a smaller rodent and way more hormones.
By Jesslyn Shields Apr 5, 2017
Officials are building bridges and underpasses to help animals safely cross busy roadways, which keeps the motorists and crossing creatures out of harm's way.
By Shelley Danzy Mar 28, 2017
Spiders not only eat more meat than humans every year, they also spend a lot of time getting eaten themselves.
By Jesslyn Shields Mar 22, 2017
Scientists hope to eliminate need for tagging, extend system to other wild animals.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Mar 10, 2017
The two elephants studied even went some days without sleeping at all.
By Kate Kershner Mar 9, 2017
Rhino herds defecate in giant, shared dung piles called midden, then they stick their noses in the stuff. Here's why.
By Jesslyn Shields Mar 3, 2017
Bumblebees are smart enough to improve the rules of your stupid game, scientists.
By Jesslyn Shields Mar 1, 2017
How squid brains process their external visual skin communication is fascinating, complex, and unlike anything in the vertebrate world.
By Jesslyn Shields Feb 28, 2017
It's not easy being a starfish larva. Fortunately, the tiny creatures have an efficient way to get food and swim away.
By Alia Hoyt Feb 21, 2017
It sounds crazy, but it's happened before, and it'll probably happen again.
By Joe McCormick Feb 20, 2017
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.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Feb 13, 2017
Each year, hundreds of healthy whales end up stranded on beaches, and scientists are investigating what could be behind the phenomenon.
By Laurie L. Dove Feb 13, 2017
Scientists have learned how frogs capture flying insects or even birds just by using their tongues.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Feb 9, 2017
After Cyber Monday, Will People Open Their Wallets for Giving Tuesday?
3 Myths About Smartphone Batteries That Need to Die
Do You Have to Pull Over for a Funeral Procession?