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Inside the forest elephant social network

Stephanie Schuttler awoke to something clattering around outside her bedroom, knocking over garbage cans and ripping leaves off of trees. If she were back home in North America, then she…

Clawing their way to the top: lions vs. giraffes!

Sometimes the lions win…and sometimes they don’t. A male giraffe contentedly strips leaves from an acacia tree on the Serengeti plains.  He wraps his long, flexible tongue around the sharp…

The giant prehistoric amphibious beast of Ohio

Some people claim that Bigfoot roams through the forests of Northern California. For hundreds of years people have told stories of seeing large reptilian creatures swimming in Lake Champlain in…

Freaky, streaky, and squeaky

By Stuart Short & David Brown You tromp through a low elevation rain forest in Madagascar and hear strange squeaks and chirps emerging from out of the plants below you.…

Asia’s Unicorn discovered in Laos and Vietnam

Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), a 200 pound, two-horned bovine, has roamed around the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam unbeknownst to humans until its discovery in 1992 by the World Wildlife…

Bonobos are the Congo Basin’s master gardeners

The bonobo (Pan pansicus) is known for being a key stone species, a species that plays an important role in maintaining ecosystem functions. Recent studies now reveal the bonobo as…

Tenrec series: not a hedgehog!

By David Brown & Stuart Short “Does anybody know what this animal is?” asks Stuart Short as he carefully holds a small mammal up for his audience to see. Stuart is…

Tenrec series: the otter that is notter

By David Brown & Stuart Short KERSPLASH!  Deep in the rainforests of Central Africa, a biologist sees an animal that looks like an otter dart into a stream.  It has…

To save a tiger, you have to save the prey

If you want to save a top predator like the Malayan Tiger, you have to make sure it has enough prey to feed on. Scientists at MYCAT (The Malaysian Conservation…

A cuddle from the Andean cloud forests: Baby Olinguito

After the recent discovery of Olinguito-the world’s newest mammal, scientists released first pictures of a baby Olinguito from La Mesenia Conservation Project in Colombia. Olinguitos are found only in Ecuador…

Two lizards and one frog discovered in Australia

Last March, several scientists from James Cook University and a National Geographic/Harvard University photographer surveyed the remote peninsula of Cape Melville in north eastern Australia. It was the first time…