Mammals

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Humans Don’t Have the Last, or Only, Laugh

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Howl at the Moon for Science

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The Cat’s 10,000-Year Journey to Purring on Your Lap

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The Hubbub About Ida

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The Avenging Narwhal Play Set

Orangutans

A Newly Discovered Orangutan Population on Borneo

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Why We Don’t Have a Baby Panda

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Dolphin Bubble Rings

The dolphins at SeaWorld Orlando have learned an interesting trick all on their own: they create rings of bubbles and play with them

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Picture of the Week—Underwater Tiger

A gray wolf in Yellowstone National Park.

Wolves to Lose Protection in Idaho and Montana

Since the first wolves were reintroduced in Yellowstone National Park in 1995, the population has grown to 1,500 or more

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Meerkats and Ground Squirrels Live Together, Respond to Threat Differently

Charles Darwin

Emotional Expression in Apes Going Ape

One of the big themes of this year's AAAS meeting was—you guessed it— Charles Darwin

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How Many Ugandan Mountain Gorillas?

Mountain gorillas are rare and endangered, and they have the misfortune to live in a part of the world wracked by human violence

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Picture of the Week—Baby Gorilla

Did you hear? A western lowland gorilla named Mandara gave birth last Saturday at Smithsonian’s National Zoo

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What Happens When You Remove the Cats From a Rabbit-Laden Island?

Australians of European descent might be forgiven for thinking they could turn the continent into another Europe

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Some Whispering Bats Might Need a New Name

These whispering bats never really whispered. Their echolocations were thought to be about 70 decibels, about the level of sound coming from speaking

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Primatologist’s Prison Sentence Commuted

Primatologist and Amazon adventurer Marc van Roosmalen was convicted last year in Brazil of illegal wildlife trafficking and theft of government property

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Mountain Gorilla Rangers Negotiate Safe Passage in Congo

One of the first Smithsonian articles I worked on was last year’s Guerrillas in Their Midst, about the endangered mountain gorillas of Rwanda and Congo

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When Will There Be Herds of Mammoths?

With the announcement that the woolly mammoth genome has been sequenced, it seems natural to ask when we will finally see live mammoths

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Sabertooth Cat: More Like a Lion or a House Cat?

It is difficult to figure out the behaviors of an animal that lived thousands—or millions—of years ago when all you have are its fossilized bones

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