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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Buffalo Roundup Evokes Images of the Wild West

The annual bison roundup in South Dakota's Custer State Park is a spectacle full of cowboys, horses and of course wild buffalo, all set against the backdrop of the rolling Black Hills. It's also about as Americana as you can get.

Some Butterflies Hear Through Their Wings

Structures in some butterflies' wings are actually part of their ears.

Sea Cucumber: Animal or Vegetable?

The kindest thing you can say about a sea cucumber's physique is that it looks very much like a large hoagie bun dressed in a lumpy old sweater.

Bees Stopped Buzzing During the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Thanks to a citizen science project in the path of totality, researchers studied bee activity and were surprised by the results.

How Birds Get Berry, Berry Drunk

Berries are a great food source for birds, but this diet can backfire when the fruit starts to ferment.

Scientists Figure Out Why Elephants' Skin Is So Cracked

Scientists have known for a long time that elephants have no sweat glands and keep cool through slinging mud on their skin. But they didn't know what made the skin so wrinkled — until now.

Only Birds Have a Syrinx and That's Why They Sing

Only birds have a special voice box — the syrinx — and it's what they use to sing. But what's so unique about the syrinx is that it's actually an evolutionary anomaly.

Contrary to Popular Opinion, Cats Are No Good at Catching Rats

The old saw about cats being good catchers of rats was finally put to scientific study — and the results were pretty sad.

Who Knew a Praying Mantis Could Learn?

For five nights in a row, a praying mantis came to the same garden spot to hunt for fish, completely confounding scientists.

Baby Giraffes Get Their Spots From Mom

A new study found that those spot patterns are not only inherited from mom, they help camouflage baby giraffes in the wild.

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.

PCBs Are Killing Killer Whales

A new study paints a grave future for the killer whale, all because of the now-banned chemicals polychlopinated biphenyls — PCBs.

Researchers Stunned by Gorgeous New Fish Find

Scientific divers from the California Academy of Sciences discover new species of dazzling, neon-colored fish.

Oh, Birds! Please Don't Fly Into Our Windows

Why do birds do that? A global citizen science project wants you to help them find out.

What a Tangled Web a Few Squirrels' Tails Can Weave

It's a natural phenomenon known as a 'squirrel king.' But what's the deal and why do squirrels get tangled up?

How Beekeeping Works

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.

How Billie the Dolphin Taught Her Flippered Friends to Bust a Move

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.

New Species of Parasitic Wasps Found Inside Fossilized Fly Cocoons

The tiny fly cocoons are between 34 and 40 million years old and contained well-preserved parasitic fossils.

Several New Species of Tarantula Found High in the Andes

A Columbia University scientist stumbled upon the first of seven new spiders while hunting for local frogs.

Don't Hate This Squirrel Because He's Beautiful

The Indian giant squirrel is covered in flamboyant colors like orange, black and bright purple. But why?

Goats Really Like it When You Smile at Them

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.

French Rooks Trained as Park Janitors

A French theme park has trained a crew of six rooks to pick up after its messy guests.

Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer

A strange evolutionary plot twist has been uncovered in the search for why elephants rarely get cancer.

Cheap Magnets Could Keep Sharks Out of Fishing Nets

Commercial fisheries accidentally kill around 100 million — yes, 100 million — sharks each year. The solution to this problem might lie in magnets.

New Tick Species Appears in U.S. for First Time in 50 Years

The Asian longhorned tick has shown up in six states so far, and nobody knows how it got here.

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