When the monsoon rains settle over Tucson and the rest of the U.S. southwest, they bring with them enough rain that water-dependent species go into hyperdrive. They must feed, mate, breed and create life in the shadow of a few days or weeks. But with the arrival of West Nile virus, cities are moving to rid the area of water — and breeding grounds for all kinds of animals — faster than ever.
Sea otters are popular stars at the local zoo, but they might also be important tools in the battle to combat climate change. New research shows the cuddly little creatures have a big job in keeping kelp forests alive and well and removing carbon from our atmosphere.
Scientists are always discovering new species, but usually they're insects, or maybe a bird. Rarely are they a mammal. But that's exactly what they discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo recently: A new species of monkey, the Lesula.
There are literally thousands of different species of ants around the world. A trio of American researchers are traveling the world, to museums and natural habitats, to take high-quality pictures of them, to preserve and make accessible their complex diversity for scientists around the world.
For three years now, Vernon Yates has been trying to catch a wild monkey that's made the streets of Tampa, Fla., his home. Sure, Yates has captured and kept countless other mischievous or troubled animals in that time, but this silver macaque has somehow eluded him.
Brazil's Amazon rainforest is renowned for its biodiversity. But the Atlantic waters off its coast are also home to incalculable numbers of animals for hundreds, if not thousands, of species. In recent years, Brazil has moved to protect those animals as well.
At a zoo in The Netherlands, a two-month old baby sloth was saved from dehydration by the quick action of zookeepers. But their efforts would have been much harder if not for a 2-year-old girl who gave the sloth her teddy bear.
As Australia tries to confront continued growth among non-native species that are decimating its eco-system, naturalists are considering a back-to-basics approach to getting things in order. The dingoes and Tasmanian devils are native predators that may be reintroduced in a bid to keep invasive species at bay.
The number of cheetahs the world over has declined dramatically over the past 100 years. Now, the population is so small that its genetic diversity is limited. If something doesn't change, their survival could be threatened.
Turkish media took a conspiratorial turn recently after a bird was found in a field, dead, with a metal band around its leg. The band said "Israel Tel Aviv," which immediately raised suspicions that the bird was on an espionage mission. Of course it wasn't, but it's not the first time banded animals aroused suspicion of nefarious intentions.