Foreign Worm Alert

Aliens are tunneling through North America. Who'd have thought these earth tillers have a downside?


Nightjars Are Everywhere, But Just Try Finding One

Catching a glimpse of these night-loving birds, which include the whip-poor-will, challenges even the most avid bird-watcher


Horning In?

Bighorn sheep have made a big comeback in recent years, but some developers out West think they're intruders


Supermodels with Six Legs

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

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