Wildlife

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If It Moves, Grab It, but Try Not to Get the End That Bites

That's the advice researchers in Venezuela give volunteers who help them find and collect specimens of the world's biggest boa

This image shows an about 1.6 inch (4 cm) large male Yellow-winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) from the side

Dragonflies Are an Odd Combination of Beautiful Things

Don't be misled by their dainty appearance. These ornaments of summer are aggressive predators, amazing fliers and bizarre suitors

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New Ideas in the Air at the National Zoo

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How Taxonomy Helps Us Make Sense Out of the Natural World

We all have a need to classify plants and animals, which is what the National Museum of Natural History does on a grand scale

Clyde Roper Can't Wait to Be Attacked by a Giant Squid

After studying (and eating) smaller squid for years, the Smithsonian's cephalopod man is now ready to face the biggest calamari of all

Zebra crossing a dirt road near Mpala Research Centre, Kenya

Creatures Wild and Wonderful Thrive at a Living Lab in Kenya

The Mpala Research Centre offers a pristine environment for collaborative study on how humans and wildlife can coexist in the future

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In the Company of Cannibals That Sting...and Glow

Found everywhere from beaches to 14,000 feet up in the Himalayas, scorpions kill more people than any other animal except snakes and bees

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The Object at Hand

The story behind the Smithsonian's display tiger leads back into tiger history, man-eating and otherwise, and back to the fact that tigers are endangered

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That 'Little Armored Thing' Doesn't Get by on Looks Alone

It appears to be made out of spare parts, but the only mammal equipped with a carapace is actually a model of ecological efficiency

Elephant Seals

Elephant Seals, the Champion Divers of the Deep

These ponderous pinnipeds continually set new records for diving to crushing depths; researchers are hard at work to discover just how they do it

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My Dog Has Fleas, Also My Cat, My Bird, My...

These tiny prehistoric parasites have evolved a bold array of weapons, the better to torture their hosts

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The Object at Hand

How a snake, attended by alarums and excursions, made it from an Asian jungle to the National Zoo and so to its present berth in a Smithsonian museum

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Flutter by and Be Counted!

At the Fourth of July Butterfly Count, devotees census swallowtails, wood-nymphs and all their colorful kin

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Review of 'Chimpanzee Travels'

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On the Trail of the Stealth Birds of Our Wetlands

With its cunning camouflage and some mighty morphing, a bittern can be one tough bird to find —and a tough customer to boot

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The Cattle Ranch That Doubles As a School for Doers

Punching cows and hitting the books go together at Deep Springs, a feisty college that acts like it's run by the students — and it is

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Human Moms Teach Chimps It's All in the Family

A nursery school at the Yerkes Primate Center gives lessons to the offspring of lab chimps on how to live like their wild-born relatives

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The Biggest Fish That Ever Was

Gentle whale sharks roam the world's warm seas but were rarely seen until an Australian gathering place was found

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What's Good For the Goose May Not be Good For You

Honk if you've had it up to here with geese on the golf course, in your yard, all over parks and beaches. You are not the only one

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