Mammals

Still from Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Chimp Movies

Project Nim and Rise of the Planet of the Apes are very different movies, but both question the ethics of chimpanzee research

A baby Cavendish's dik-dik at the San Diego Zoo

What In The World Is A Dik-dik?

Unlike other African antelope species, there are no herds of dik-diks. They form monogamous pairs that stand guard over their own territory

The Vine With Its Own Bat Signal

Specially shaped leaves lure the flying mammals. The bats get a meal, and the flowers get pollinated

Several crocodile species are known to attack humans

What Preys on Humans?

Most of us never come in contact with a deadly predator, but there are still enough encounters to remind us that humans are not the top of the food web

A leatherback turtle is just one of many predators in the ocean

Where the Pacific’s Predators Go

Scientists have found that predator species trade off between prey availability and water temperature in their travels

A stuffed solenodon in a museum
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Solenodons: No Bark But Plenty of Venomous Bite

Solenodons are unusual predators; they are among the few venomous mammals

A snow leopard caught in a camera trap in Afghanistan

The Vanishing Cats

In a recent bit of good news, snow leopards have been spotted at 16 camera traps in northeastern Afghanistan

Naked mole rats from the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo

14 Fun Facts About Naked Mole Rats

Number 11: A mole rat's incisors can be moved independently and can even work together like a pair of chopsticks

Scientists are still trying to figure out why primates have excellent vision.

Snake-Spotting Theory Brings Primate Vision into Focus

Do camouflaged predators explain why monkeys, apes and other primates evolved superior eyesight?

The European hamster is bigger than the petstore variety and has a black belly

To Save a French Hamster

A European Union court has ruled that France should be doing more to protect the Great Hamster of Alsace

Feral cats can roam over great distances, a new study finds.

The Secret Lives of Feral Cats

Free-roaming, unowned kitties live differently from our beloved pets

Most fatal black bear attacks are carried out by hungry males

How To Avoid Being Eaten By A Black Bear

A recent study of fatal black bear attacks shows that hungry males are the ones to really worry about

Black-footed ferrets at the National Zoo

Black-Footed Ferrets and Other Endangered Critters

The subject of endangered species can be a depressing one, but there are also many reasons to be hopeful

Kemp's ridleys are the world's smallest sea turtles and are also the most endangered.

North America’s Most Endangered Animals

Snails, marmots, condors and coral reef are among the many species on the continent that are close to extinction

A guanaco in Chile

Vegetation Determines Animal Migration Patterns

Scientists show that patterns in vegetation across a species' range determine whether and how it moves

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Bonobos Tell Each Other Where to Find the Yummy Foods

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Billionaire Branson to Release Lemurs on Caribbean Island

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Humpback Whale Songs Spread From West to East

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Fourteen Fun Facts About Golden Lion Tamarins

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Humans Pass on Deadly Infections to Endangered Mountain Gorillas

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