Animals

Male Dolphins Seen Playing ‘Wingman’ to Help Each Other Find Mates

Male Dolphins Seen Playing ‘Wingman’ to Help Each Other Find Mates

Humans have long been thought to be distinct from other animals in our ability to form complex, multilevel alliances in order to reach shared goals.  However, new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday shows that male bottlenose dolphins do the same thing, and they do it for a very […]

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    Drought Forces Zimbabwe to Relocate 2,500 Wild Animals to New Reserve

    Drought Forces Zimbabwe to Relocate 2,500 Wild Animals to New Reserve

    The effects of climate change are outpacing poaching as the No. 1 threat to wildlife. In Zimbabwe, officials are now moving more than 2,500 wild animals from a reserve in the southern part of the country further north due to an ongoing drought. Rangers are relying on trucks, cranes and even helicopters to move the animals from the drought-stricken area.

    Is the Jaguarundi Extinct in the United States?

    Is the Jaguarundi Extinct in the United States?

    By John R. Platt A few times a year, wildlife officials in Texas receive excited phone calls. “I just saw something that looks like a really big cat, or maybe a giant weasel,” a caller might say. “Was it a jaguarundi?” No, they’re not reporting a sighting of a mythical beast like the chupacabra. But […]

    Ecuador Investigates Alleged Poaching of Four Galápagos Tortoises

    Ecuador Investigates Alleged Poaching of Four Galápagos Tortoises

    There were once so many giant tortoises living on Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands that Spanish explorers named the archipelago after the Spanish world for tortoise — galápago — when they first explored it in 1535, according to National Geographic. Yet hunting caused their numbers to plummet from at least 250,000 hundreds of years ago to only […]

    History of Manatees Across World’s Oceans Tracked by New Research

    History of Manatees Across World’s Oceans Tracked by New Research

    Manatees, large herbivores that grace the world’s coastal marine waters, estuaries, rivers, swamps and marine wetlands, are gentle creatures often referred to as “sea cows.” Their enormous size — an average manatee is ten feet long and weighs 1,200 pounds — might remind you of their closest relative, the elephant. According to Ocean Today, manatees […]

    Roundup Weedkiller Linked to Convulsions in Animals

    Roundup Weedkiller Linked to Convulsions in Animals

    Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that found more than three quarters of urine samples tested from adults and children in the U.S. contained glyphosate, the herbicide used in Roundup weedkiller, a press release from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) said. A new FAU and Nova Southeastern University study has […]