Australian researchers investigating the hunting habits of feral cats discovered that the felines were benefitting from an unexpected ally: intense fires.
Conservation is a major issue around the world with the impacts that humans have on natural ecosystems through activities from mining, building new cities and global warming. There are many conservation groups and efforts that lobby for the conservation of particular species (for example, the polar bear) or groups of animals (for example, tigers), while others are aimed at entire habitats, such as the Amazon rainforest. Conservation efforts can also aim to protect natural resources. Some conservation is done by setting aside national parks and wildlife preserves, while other conservation works targets specific threats to particular species. Read about various conservation efforts and issues below.
If Facebook is any gauge, pandas are an endless font of cute. But revelations about where pandas live and how they coexist with people are boosting their impact beyond more than the warm and fuzzy.
Thanks to a network of motion-activated camera traps, little-seen forest animals are taking a turn in the limelight.
The towering and shaggy Wookiee character Chewbacca from the "Star Wars" movies has a new namesake — a tiny weevil recently discovered in New Guinea.
The story of jaguars in Arizona is one of bloodshed, bad feeling and debate over the best way to conserve these big cats.
Scientists recently described eight new species of a long-legged spider native to Brazil, nearly doubling the number of known species in the genus.
Tarantulas take a starring role in a new study that reorganizes their group, reclassifying the majority of 55 known tarantula species and adding 14 new ones.
Camera trap images represent birds and ground-dwelling mammals living in highly diverse ecosystems in protected areas.
The future is looking brighter for manatees — the gentle, roly-poly marine mammals once mistaken by sailors for mythic mermaids.
Group living helps elephants with the difficult decisions that they make on a regular basis – how are these bonds affected by poaching?
Younger female elephants take up new social positions when an older matriarch dies, forging links with other elephant daughters that mirror mothers' connections.
Attention, sea-loving explorers: There's a $7 million reason to get serious about your passion for ocean research right now.
At least 626 baby right whales have died off the coast of Argentina since 2003, and no one knows why.
One of four northern white rhinoceros left on Earth died yesterday (Nov. 22), leaving only three surviving members of the critically endangered species.