Vultures, yes vultures, are increasingly important to the economy and health and safety of a poor, rural area of Bulgaria. The vulture of the Eastern Rhodope Nature Reserve not only dispose of local dead animals, preventing disease, but also are a powerful tourist draw.
The rapidly melting sea ice in the Arctic is threatening the livelihood of polar bears and their prey. In response, a group of researchers is suggesting a program of supplemental feeding as a potential solution.
Scientists, naturalists finding increasingly large number of undiscovered species in unexpected place
Europe has a long history of searching for and cataloging its indigenous species. But, surprisingly, a number of species still went undiscovered. Now, there's a renewed effort to find the insects and other small creatures previously unknown — before humans unknowingly force them into extinction.
Falconry has been an integral part of the heritage of the United Arab Emirates. And despite the rapid modernization the country has undergone, falconry remains culturally significant. So much so that there's a massive veterinary hospital devoted to caring for the birds.
Rodrigo Medellin has loved animals for his entire life. He's especially fond of bats, which have been the focus of his work as an adult in Mexico. Medellin's research is focused on helping make sure bats thrive long into the future.
Prairie dogs used to rule the prairies of America and Mexico. But when ranchers moved in, prairie dogs were exterminated. Now, an ecologist says the black-tailed prairie dogs are critical for turning Mexico's desert back into prairie.
Soaring demand and soaring prices for tuna on the global market has sent fishing through the roof. It's also led to a dramatic decline in tuna populations. The waters off a handful of central Pacific islands have the only remaining healthy populations -- and those are coming under threat now too.
You've almost certainly seen fungus throughout the environment. Growing on top of, inside of and underneath all sorts of surfaces. But fungus, which may be a nuisance to you, make up an incredibly important part of the ecosystem.
Costa Rica's environmentalists for years have been trying to get hunting banned, with little success. So this year, they turned to a popular initiative and forced a bill in front of the legislature. It passed and is poised to make it the first country in the Americas to ban virtually all hunting.
Coping in the cold months of winter can often be a drag for humans. But for animals who hibernate or migrate they have developed strategies to get through the cold dark season.