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No Place Is Safe: Poachers Are Emptying Key African Reserve Of Elephants

Poaching has slaughtered many forest elephants in Minkébé National Park in Africa in only a decade, killing roughly 81 percent of the population. And it was supposed to be one of the largest and most important preserves in Central Africa.

Animals February 21, 2017

Scientists Working On Better Flu Vaccine For Dogs

Researchers are working on improving canine flu vaccine. They are targeting the creation of the live-attenuated canine influenza vaccine, away from the killed or inactivated virus currently being used for canine shots.

Animals February 20, 2017

Gene Editing Can Produce Hornless Cows And Boost Livestock Production - Here’s How

An animal geneticist highlights the benefits of gene editing in complementing traditional animal breeding techniques. The move, although hampered by current regulations, is seen to produce hornless cows and disease-resistant farm animals.

Animals February 21, 2017

Colony Of 1 Million Penguins Flock To Argentina To Feast On Fish

More than a million Magellanic penguins flocked to the shores of Argentina to feast on an abundance of small fish. Visitors who plan to visit the Punta Tombo peninsula will be treated to a spectacular sight.

Animals February 19, 2017

Resurrecting Extinct Woolly Mammoth May Help Mitigate Climate Change: Scientists

Creating a hybrid of the woolly mammoth is possible in as little as within two years. Scientists say that resurrecting the extinct Ice Age animal can help mitigate climate change. How?

Animals February 17, 2017

Tracking Lemurs Could Become Less Invasive, Thanks To Facial Recognition Software

Scientists have successfully developed a facial recognition software that is less invasive and more effective in tracking lemurs in the wild. Researchers hope the software could be applied in a wide range of animal conservation efforts.

Animals February 17, 2017

Extinct Woolly Mammoth Can Be Brought Back To Life, Scientists Reveal

Using the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic engineering technology, a team from Harvard seeks to create a hybrid embryo that can potentially resurrect the woolly mammoth. The basis will be the endangered Asian elephant, the extinct creature's closest living kin.

Animals February 16, 2017

Iowa Town Devotes 1,000 Acres Of Land To Saving Bumblebees

Amid concerns over the declining population of pollinator bees, especially bumblebees which are moving to the endangered species list, Iowa town Cedar Rapids is building a vast natural habitat in 1,000 acres to bolster bee populations.

Animals February 17, 2017

Fossil Of Pregnant Dinocephalosaurus Offers Evidence Of Live Birth In Dinosaur Relative

The fossil of a pregnant Dinocephalosaurus, a member of a now extinct reptilian group, showed the creature gave birth to live youngs and did not lay eggs. What does this tell about viviparity and adaptation to aquatic life?

Animals February 15, 2017

Trump Administration Sued Over Delay In Protecting Vanishing Bumblebee

An environmental group is suing federal officials for delaying the listing of the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species. The group filed the suit Tuesday, insisting that listing is already final as it has already entered the Federal Register.

Animals February 15, 2017

Embryo-carrying Dinosaur Relative Pushes Back Archosauromorphs Reproductive Biology By 50 Million Years

Embryo-carrying, 250-million-year-old fossil of the long-necked dino relative has its profound effect on the present knowledge about the reproductive biology among archosauromorphs. The fish-eating Dinocephalosaurus thrived during the Middle Triassic Period.

Animals February 17, 2017

Everything For Man's Best Friend: Newly Discovered Drug May Increase Survival In Dogs With Cancer

Newly discovered drug used in a dog trial for cancer treatment has obtained a remarkably positive survival rate. Researchers suggest a transfer for the trial in humans as well.

Animals February 17, 2017

Squid Can Survive Twilight Zone In Ocean Thanks To Mismatched Eyes

Cockeyed squids have been found to have two differently aligned eyes to help them survive in the twilight zone in the ocean. One eye can see shadows, while the other eye can detect bioluminiscence.

Animals February 14, 2017

Deep-Sea Squid Has Mismatched Eyes To Help It Survive In The Twilight Zone Of The Ocean

The mismatched eyes of the deep sea 'cockeyed' squid Histioteuthis heteropsis evolved so the creature can better survive in the twilight zone of the ocean. What is its bigger eye for?

Animals February 13, 2017

New Zealand Moves 300 Whale Carcasses From Recent Mass Stranding

New Zealand is now tasked to move the carcasses of about 300 whales that died in the major whale beaching on Farewell Spit in Golden Bay. The recent event saw more than 400 pilot whales washed up on a narrow stretch of land.

Animals February 13, 2017

Dogs Judge You Based On How You Treat People: Study

A new study showed that canines and monkeys probably know when someone is being nice or rude. This lends further insight on the evolution of dog-human relationship as well as the furry friends' potential sense of morality.

Animals February 13, 2017

Bad Dog! Research Shows Dogs Mirror Owner's Traits

Bad dog? Research has shown that the dog and its owner could mirror each other's traits, which means that canine with neurotic tendencies are likely to behave according to what they see in their owners.

Animals February 15, 2017

LOOK: Newly Observed Beetle Species Pretends To Be Ant Butt To Hitch A Ride

One beetle species has been observed to pose as ant abdomen to hitch a free ride. Get to know the Nymphister kronaueri and its interesting adaptation strategy.

Animals February 12, 2017

Scientists Built Pollinating Drone That Can Transfer Pollen: Can This Replace Bees As Pollinators?

Tiny drones that can transfer pollen from one flower to another cannot replace honeybees. Experts enumerate reasons why technology cannot defeat bees when it comes to pollinating plants.

Animals February 12, 2017

Rescuers Refloat About 100 Stranded Whales On New Zealand Beach

About 100 of the 400 beached whales in New Zealand have been refloated by rescuers. Some of the marine animals though may still come back to the beach.

Animals February 11, 2017

African Penguins In Distress: Climate Change Ups Food Crunch

A new study has said African penguins are in a climate trap and deprived of the right habitat and desired food, caused by climate changes as well as overfishing and forcing them to eat less nutritious jellyfish.

Animals February 13, 2017

Giant Toothless Flying Reptile Dominated Ancient Romania: Study

Giant flying reptiles may have been dominant predators in an island in ancient Romania, a new study reveals. Scientists shed light on a creature called Hatzegopteryx, and studied its remains.

Animals February 11, 2017

More Than 400 Beached Whales In New Zealand: What Caused The Mass Stranding?

New Zealand sees one of its worst mass stranding events, where more than 400 pilot whales washed up on a narrow stretch of land Friday. The mass beaching event on Feb. 10 has resulted in more than 250 dead whales.

Animals February 10, 2017

Scientists Test Pollinating Drone Amid Dwindling Bee Populations

Japanese researchers have created insect-sized drones, which have horsehairs on their backs and a special gel, to potentially help bees pollinate plants. This may usher in automated pollination methods amid bee population declines.

Animals February 10, 2017

LOOK: Why This Amoeba Was Named After 'Lord Of The Rings' Character Gandalf

A new species of camoeba, a member of the amoeba family, was named after Gandalf, a fictional character in the high-fantasy novel, 'Lord of the Rings,' by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Animals February 16, 2017

Glow In The Dark: These Fish Rely On Bioluminescence As 'Flashlight' To Hunt For Plankton Prey

Researchers looked into a school of flashlight fish (Anomalops katoptron) placed in water tanks with artificial coral reefs to delve deeper about its bioluminescent behavior under different conditions.

Animals February 17, 2017

Thousands Of Dead Bees Wash Ashore On Florida Beach

Thousands of dead as well as dying bees have washed up on a Naples beach in Southern Florida beach starting this weekend. Here is the likely cause and what to do with a bee sting.

Animals February 9, 2017

Incredible Photo Of Frozen Pike Fish Eating Bass Goes Viral: Is It Fake?

Two brothers who went ice fishing took an incredible snapshot of an object that went viral on Facebook: a frozen pike fish swallowing a bass. How did that happen? Is the photo real?

Animals February 8, 2017

Disease Threatens To Wipe Out Critically Endangered Population Of Saiga Antelope

The critically endangered population of saiga antelope is threatened to be wiped out with the outbreak of a disease that comes from sheep and goats. To save the saiga population from extinction, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists said there is a need for further immunization to include the unaffected population.

Animals February 12, 2017

New Species Of Gecko Can Jump Out Of Its Skin To Escape Predators

A newly discovered species of gecko in Madagascar has the exceptional ability to jump out of its scaly skin to escape predators. What makes this bizarre defense mechanism possible?

Animals February 8, 2017

Bye, Granddad: World's Oldest Public Aquarium Fish Dies In Chicago

The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago has euthanized Granddad the Australian lungfish. The almost 100-year-old fish is the oldest zoo animal in the city and the longest among aquarium fish worldwide to live.

Animals February 7, 2017

Dorado Catfish Holds Record For World's Longest Freshwater Fish Migration

The dorado catfish holds the record for the world's longest exclusively freshwater fish migration, an international study has proven. Researchers uncover the species' epic life cycle journey from birth to adulthood.

Animals February 7, 2017

Mating As Endgame: Australian Male Phascogales Embrace Death After Non-Stop Sex

A rare case of male Phascogales ending their life in the quest of sex has been reported from Australia. They spend last days of their life chasing sex without even eating and ultimately the sexual exhaustion kills them.

Animals February 7, 2017

Zimbabwe’s Rare ‘Cave Squeaker’ Frog Spotted For The First Time Since 1962

Zimbabwe’s rare frog 'cave squeaker' got its name from its preference for Chimanimani Mountain’s caves. It was last seen in 1962 and its rediscovery brings hope for amphibian conservation around the world.

Animals February 6, 2017

Hurtling Toward Extinction: Only 30 Of The World’s Smallest Porpoise Remain Today

Scientists warn that only 30 specimens of the vaquita porpoise remain on planet Earth. According to them, humans are fast losing the battle and could lose the 'panda of the sea' despite international efforts.

Animals February 7, 2017

LOOK: Specimen Shows Pterosaur Was King Of The Food Chain But It Relied On Filter Feeding

A more than 160-million-year-old specimen of the ancient flying reptile pterosaur was discovered in China. Researchers believe it is the earliest known pterosaur with filter-feeding habits similar to those of modern-day flamingos.

Animals February 6, 2017

Chimp Behavior Disturbing Following Death Of Other Chimps, Says ISU Anthropologist

A new scientific report has shown shocking signs of aggressiveness among chimpanzees, after a former leader was killed and assaulted for four hours. According to the anthropologist who published the report, this behavior is highly odd.

Animals February 6, 2017

WATCH: Appalling Video Of Sun Bears Begging For Food At Bandung Zoo, Indonesia

In a heartbreaking video uploaded on YouTube by Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group, the starving sun bears of Bandung Zoo, Indonesia can be seen begging for food and eating their own excrement.

Animals February 7, 2017

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

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