Animals

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Horse Appeal

In this interview, Steve Twomey, author of "Barbaro's Legacy," discusses how interest in the horse extends outside the racetrack

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Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Ape tools, flying dinosaurs and emperor penguins

Cowbirds (a male, above) "are more highly evolved than we previously thought," says Jeff Hoover.

Wiseguys with Wings

"Mafia" cowbirds muscle warblers into raising their young

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Squirrelologist

"No one ever found any dead vultures," says McGrath. "There were simply less and less of them."

Fantastically Repulsive

In this interview, Susan McGrath, author of "The Vanishing," describes getting up close and personal with vultures

In the past decade or so, over 95 percent of India's vultures have died.

Soaring Hopes

The first two Asian vultures breed in captivity

Zion's dwindling cougar population traces its roots to the late 1920s, when the park's management made efforts to increase visitation.

It All Falls Down

A plummeting cougar population alters the ecosystem at Zion National Park

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Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Parasitic plants, zebra tarantulas and wobbles in Earth's orbit

Claudine Andre, founder of Lola Ya Bonobo (Bonobo Paradise) sanctuary, rescues about ten of the endangered animals per year.

Bonobo Paradise

"Bonobo Paradise" is an 86-acre sanctuary set in verdant hills 20 miles south of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Killer whales, trap-jaw ants and dinosaurs

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Interview with Steve Kemper, Author of "Cougars on the Move"

Kemper talks about how cougars have been hated throughout history and what surprised him while researching the animals

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Wild Things: Life As We Know It

Figs, canary songs, whales with legs, ancient flowering shrubs and beaver dams

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Interview with John Seidensticker and Susan Lumpkin

The authors of "Building an Arc" talk about wildlife conservation and what drew them to work with tigers.

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Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Monkey talk, reptilian altruism, anemone stings, aquatic crabs, and Thyrohyrax

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Q&A with Laura Tangley

An interview with Laura Tangley, author of "Learning from Tai Shan" in the June 2006 issue of SMITHSONIAN.

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Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Rediscovery of a Laotian rodent, orangutan culture and crossing the Bering Strait

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Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Coyotes in densely populated areas (a Los Angeles suburb) can be alarming. But wildlife experts say they fill a niche in the urban ecology.

City Slinkers

Why are coyotes, those cunning denizens of the plains and rural west, moving into urban centers like Chicago and Washington DC?

Phoenix, a life-size model of a North Atlantic right whale, at the center of the new Sant Ocean Hall, 2008

A Whale Called Phoenix

A very large mammal will help tell an even weightier tale—about the ocean in this crowded, challenging century

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Noxious Bogs & Amorous Elephants

Smithsonian's birth, 35 years ago, only hinted at the splendors to follow

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