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Chad Zakouma National Park In Africa Offers Elephants Refuge From Poachers

The Zakouma National Park in Chad, Central Africa is now home to a growing number of African elephants, which were once on the verge of extinction because of rampant poaching.

Animals February 8, 2017

LOOK: New Bucktoothed Ghost Shark Species Discovered

The 50th ghost shark species has recently been discovered and recorded by researchers. Get to know the mysterious Bucktoothed ghost shark and its equally mysterious origins.

Animals February 5, 2017

Mind Controlling Wasp Discovered: Meet The Euderus Set And Other Sinister Parasites

The newly discovered crypt keeper wasp has an ingenious albeit diabolical means of survival. Meet the hyperparasite Euderus set and other equally sinister parasites in nature.

Animals February 5, 2017

Scientists In China Clone 'Tuberculosis-Resistant' Cattle: Widespread Agricultural Use Targeted

Scientists from Northwest A&F University in Shaanxi, China report that they have successfully cloned cattle that are resistant to bovine tuberculosis, an infectious disease plaguing many countries today.

Animals February 1, 2017

Tinder For Apes: Dutch Zoo Lets Orangutan Choose Mate On A Tablet

A Dutch zoo is launching Tinder for orangutans in a bid to find a prospective male partner for 11-year-old female Samboja. It will show her pictures of prospective partners from an international great ape breeding program.

Animals February 1, 2017

Frog Saliva An Important Hunting Tool: Study

A recent study has revealed that frog saliva can change viscosity while capturing flies and insects and pulling them in the mouth. The study has been published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Animals February 2, 2017

Scientists Find 195-Million-Year-Old Collagen In Dinosaur Bone

Scientists have found ancient collagen and other iron-rich proteins in the bones of a Jurassic-era dinosaur. What helped preserve the soft tissue for nearly 200 million years?

Animals January 31, 2017

Ancient Bag-Like Sea Creature Could Be Oldest Human Ancestor

An ancient bag-like creature that lived during the Cambrian period could be the oldest relative of humans. Saccorhytus coronaries is the most primitive member of deuterostomes.

Animals January 31, 2017

Bumblebees May Be Endangered But It’s Nothing To ‘Bee’ Worried About, Says Entomologist

Despite bumblebees being placed in the U.S. endangered list, entomologist Jeff Whitworth at Kansas State University said there is no reason to worry about the insects going extinct. He also suggested steps that will improve the bumble bees’ population.

Animals February 1, 2017

WATCH: Caterpillar Discovered In Peru Builds And Crawls In Strange Leafy 'Armor'

YouTube star and real-life biologist, Joe Hanson, discovered a unique caterpillar while filming his documentary show in the Peruvian Amazon. The crawling insect builds its own moving shelter out of leaves.

Animals January 31, 2017

Shark DNA Study Gives Insight Into Wound Healing And Cancer Resistance Capabilities

A recent study has found that sharks have immunity genes which could be used to protect them from acquiring cancer. The study concentrated on the Great White and Hammerhead sharks.

Animals January 30, 2017

Invasive Asian Carp Posing Threat To Great Lake Habitat

Invasive fish species Grass carp has slowly started taking over freshwater ecosystems in the great lakes of Erie, Huron, and Ontario. A study states that if not controlled within 10 years, Grass carps will outcompete native fish in the lakes.

Animals January 29, 2017

All Corn Diet Turns Hamsters Into Cannibals That Eat Their Pups Alive

Hamsters that were fed a monotonous diet of corn ate their young alive. The rodents also exhibited other odd behavior and characteristics, such as having a dark and swollen tongue.

Animals January 28, 2017

Baby Dolphin Dies On Argentina Beach As Tourists Seek Selfies

Argentinean paper La Capital reports another animal death from tourist selfies. Tourists have been seen dragging a baby dolphin from the waters of San Bernardo, located around 200 miles south of Buenos Aires.

Animals January 28, 2017

Man's Best Friend Shares Food Rewards With Other Dogs, New Research Finds

A new study suggests that dogs, like humans, shows generosity toward its fellow species during complex situations. The study was conducted by behavioral biologists at the Messerli Research Institute in Vienna.

Animals January 28, 2017

Dinosaur-Era Insect Found Preserved In Amber Looks Like An Alien

An insect that lived during the time of the dinosaurs resembled the appearance of E.T. Its features were unique enough that scientists placed it into its own order.

Animals January 26, 2017

Daily Dog Diet Significantly Influences Canine Gut Microbiome, Report Says

A new research has revealed that obese dogs have a serious gut microbe deficiency problem compared to lean and healthier ones. This can be managed by the balancing proteins and carbohydrates in their diet.

Animals January 27, 2017

Irula Tribe Snake Hunters From India Help Catch Pythons In Florida

Snake hunters belonging to India's Irula tribe are helping Florida find and capture Burmese pythons. The pair of tribesmen caught 14 snakes in just two weeks.

Animals January 24, 2017

Fossils Of Prehistoric Giant Otter In China Hint Of Convergent Evolution

A prehistoric otter found in China is up to three times the size of modern otters. The discovery offers information on the evolution of these mammals.

Animals January 24, 2017

Humans Drove Australia's Car-Sized Kangaroos And Tortoises To Extinction

More than 85 percent of Australia's megafauna went extinct after humans arrived on the continent. The large animals, however, did not necessarily die out because of intensive hunting.

Animals January 23, 2017

WATCH: This Huge Alligator Roaming A Florida Reserve Is Real

A video of a massive alligator strolling through a Florida reserve is circulating on the internet, and experts confirm that the footage is real. The once endangered giant is endangered no more.

Animals January 22, 2017

Excellent Navigators: Ants Use Celestial, Terrestrial Cues To Find Their Way

A new research has revealed that ants use celestial cues and memorize their surroundings to navigate their movements. The study also said ants decouple their direction of travel from the body orientation.

Animals January 22, 2017

Scientists Explain Why Baboons Kill Offspring Of Other Males, Attack Pregnant Females

A section of male baboons has been found to kill and maim infants and attack pregnant females, forcing miscarriages. A new study has found why the animals resort to this unusual behavior.

Animals January 20, 2017

More Than Half Of World's Primates Threatened With Extinction

About 60 percent of primate species face possible extinction and 75 percent suffer from declining numbers. What are the factors that pose threats to primate populations?

Animals January 19, 2017

Live Long And Prosper: Restricting Calories Helps Rhesus Monkeys Live Longer, Healthier Lives

A joint study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and NIA found that rhesus monkeys on planned nutritious diets with restricted calories lived longer and healthier. However, efficacy in curbing diseases and prolonging age was also linked to other factors.

Animals January 19, 2017

81 False Killer Whales Dead In The Largest Recorded Stranding Of The Species in Florida

More than 80 false killer whales have been found dead after a mass stranding along the remote coast of Southwest Florida in Everglades, the NOAA has reported.

Animals January 18, 2017

New Species Of Moth With Yellowish-White Scales On Head Named After Donald Trump

A new species of moth found throughout Southern California and across the Mexico-U.S. border in Baja California, Mexico was named after Donald Trump. The yellowish-white scales on Neopalpa donaldtrumpi’s head resembles the hair of the U.S. President-elect.

Animals January 17, 2017

‘Baby Talk’ In Marmoset Monkeys Highlight Role Of Parents In Developing Vocalizations, Says Study

New research conducted on marmoset monkeys suggests that feedback from parents has a crucial role in the way babies develop vocalizations and acquire linguistic capacities.

Animals January 21, 2017

Female Zebra Shark Separated From Mate Turns Asexual, Develops Ability To Have Babies On Her Own

A rare case of a zebra shark giving birth to pups without a male partner has been reported in Australia. Removed from a male partner and living in isolation for many, the shark surprised all by producing three offsprings.

Animals January 18, 2017

Chemical Commonly Used On Crops Leaves Bees Susceptible To Deadly Viruses

A new study has found that an adjuvant used for increasing the toxins in pesticides of crops has been harming honey bee larvae - making it vulnerable to pathogen attacks and increasing its mortality rate. The agrochemical, however, is officially classified as inert.

Animals January 17, 2017

Cold And Darkness After Asteroid Impact Killed The Dinosaurs

A dark and cold period followed after the Chicxulub asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago. How did this contribute to the mass extinction of the dinosaurs?

Animals January 16, 2017

Light Activates ‘Kill Switch’ In Mice, Turns Them Into Predators

In a new experiment, laser activation has turned on hunting instincts in mice and led them to pounce on potential prey and display a range of predatory acts.

Animals January 13, 2017

Rare Ruby Seadragon Spotted In The Wild [Video]

Researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography recorded the first-ever sighting of the third species of seadragon, dubbed the Ruby seadragon, in Western Australia. Apart from Ruby, two other species of seadragon can be found in the wild.

Animals January 13, 2017

Killer Whale Study Sheds Light On Why Orcas Undergo Menopause

Why do killer whales go through menopause? New study reveals this may have something to do with the family structure of killer whales, competition for food, and survival chances of calves.

Animals January 13, 2017

Do Adult Dogs, Puppies Respond Equally To Dog-Directed Speech?

New research showed that, while baby dogs answer better to dog-directed speech, their mature counterparts record no difference depending on the tone of voice. The research added evidence to studies trying to explain human-dog communication.

Animals January 13, 2017

Vampire Bats In Brazil Now Start To Feed On Human Blood At Night

The hairy-legged vampire bats in Brazil known to exclusively feed on bird blood have started to feed on human blood. Why are these bats starting to eat something outside of their set menu?

Animals January 12, 2017

Baboon Vowel Sounds Point To 25-Million-Year-Old Roots Of Human Speech

Human speech may have its beginnings at least 25 million years ago, according to a new study. Researchers postulate that if baboons can make such varied vowel sounds, certainly the building blocks of human speech must extend to the last common ancestor of baboons and humans.

Animals January 12, 2017

Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon: New Ape Species Named After Star Wars Jedi Character

A Jedi name for a gibbon? Scientists named a newly recognized species of hoolock gibbon after Luke Skywalker of 'Star Wars.' Fewer than 200 of these primates live in China.

Animals January 12, 2017

Baboons Can Make Five Human-Like Vowel Sounds, Reveals Study

A recent study revealed that baboons have the capability of producing human-like vowel sounds. The study was conducted by Louis-Jean Boë of Grenoble Alpes University, France.

Animals January 12, 2017

Tarantula Spotted Eating Snake In The Wild For The First Time

A rare case of a Tarantula spider eating up a snake in the wild has been reported from Brazil. This was surprising despite certain species of spiders are known for eating snakes.

Animals January 12, 2017

Rendezvous Between Monkey And Deer Renders Interspecies Sex Possible: Study

Researchers cite mate deprivation as the most likely reason for the unusual site of a male snow monkey attempting to have intercourse with female sika deer on Yukushima Island in Japan.

Animals January 11, 2017

Passive Climate Change Action May Drive Polar Bears To Extinction

Passive climate change action may cause the extinction of polar bears. Although a "recovery" plan was presented, it was focused on short-term survival that still does not address the long-term fate of the species.

Animals January 11, 2017

First Time In The US: Bumblebee Species Enters Endangered Species List

For the first time in American history, a bumblebee species, namely the rusty patched bumblebee, has been added to the endangered species list with an astonishing decline over the years.

Animals January 11, 2017

Genetic Study Proves Urgent Need To Protect Humpback Whales In The Arabian Sea

The number of humpback whales in the Arabian Sea still reveals a smaller population compared to those in other regions. The widest genetic study on the marine mammal seeks to provide better understanding to help in formulating marine conservation laws.

Animals January 11, 2017

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