Mariana fruit bat Pteropus mariannus

Batty About Flying Foxes

Long considered black devils with wings, these bats today are stealing hearts – and mangoes – across Australia


The Biggest One That Didn't Get Away

A real fish tale hangs on a monster marlin caught nearly a half-century ago


Hawaii's Vanished Birds

For the National Zoological Park, an artist depicts the diversity of the islands' extinct avian species


Night Belongs to the Kiwi

It may look fuzzy and adorable but this New Zealand bird is one tough customer


Last of the Wild Buffalo

Long displayed, long dispersed, the famous Hornaday bison "family" is reunited in a new home


"You Gotta Remember, Eels Are Weird"

They're slimy, snaky, ugly and repulsive, but once you acquire a taste for this much-maligned species, "slippery as an eel" becomes a compliment


Sloth Bears: They Eat Ants, but Take on Tigers

Still used as "dancing bears," they can hold their own with the big cats but not with human expansion

Animal Old Folks

For the National Zoo's esteemed senior citizens, only the very best in geriatric medical care will do


The Return of the Elk

Monarchs of the mountain West, they once ranged all the way to the Eastern Seaboard. Now they are coming home


The "Sea Canary" Sings the Blues

The beluga whales of Canada's St. Lawrence River have endured a lot over the years, but they're still around, and still controversial

Border Collie

"A Good Dog Knows What to Do"

In competition, workaholic Border collies fetch, pen and shed to prove they have the right stuff


The Man Who Invented Elsie, the Borden Cow

A Census of the Wild

A government report takes a look at what we have left and where we are heading

Dwarf mongoose at the National Zoo

Creature Keepers

Conservation and research remain key elements in the National Zoo's ever-expanding programs


Something Just Bit You?

Was it a scorpion? A spider? A snake? The toxin experts at APDIC can tell you what to do


Do Not Take the Javelina Lightly

Oh yes, it's a touchy-feely creature all right, but the collared peccary, or javelina, has very big teeth and it knows how to use them


Relax, It's Only a Piranha

Never mind its savage reputation. The piranha is a pussycat— most of the time


Stories in Stone Read From Ancient Leaves

A Smithsonian scientist studies the relationship between Eocene insects and the plants they ate


The Peaceful Primates

Costa Rica's squirrel monkeys are adorable, charismatic, sexy and critically endangered


If You're a Bear, These Dogs Will Give You Paws

When grizzlies and black bears start hanging around people, Carrie Hunt and her feisty Karelians persuade them to go away

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