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World’s Biggest Fish

World’s Biggest Fish – the great whale shark in Western Australia Why tourists and researchers are flocking to Western Australia to swim with school-bus-sized whale sharks My god, look at the size of that one,” shouts skipper Mark Small. An enormous gray shadow as big as a bus passes silently by the bow of our […]

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Can time heal Zambia’s elephants? Though illegal slaughter for ivory has all but ended, young elephants are still paying a biological toll

Can time heal Zambia’s elephants? Though illegal slaughter for ivory has all but ended, young elephants are still paying a biological toll Mark Owens Swaying rhythmically across the African plains, like a tall gray ship sailing a grass-green sea, the young female elephant we call Gift strolled into our research camp on the Lubonga River […]

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Encounters On The Wild Side – nature photographer describes various encounters with animals

Encounters On The Wild Side – nature photographer describes various encounters with animals – Brief Article Tui De Roy A gifted naturalist recalls special moments culled from a lifetime of photographing animals My earliest childhood memories as a barefoot girl growing up on the rugged shores of the Galapagos Islands are filled with dreams about […]

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BIG ON FIGS: In Indonesia, one nutritious fruit is the wild fuel that runs the rain forest

BIG ON FIGS: In Indonesia, one nutritious fruit is the wild fuel that runs the rain forest – figs, a favorite food of animals in the rainforest, have a high calcium content Margaret Kinnaird The sun has barely risen over the sea, but its hot rays are already bathing the steamy forests of Tangkoko Nature […]

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Staying Close To Home

Staying Close To Home – In bequeathing territory to daughters, solitary leopards provide a glimpse into how social groups evolved Fiona Sunquist Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa: A 13-year-old leopard called The Mother gives birth to her ninth litter. At the same time, her adult daughter from an earlier litter delivers cubs in a den […]

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Radios To Help Stop Poaching Of Rare Macaw

Radios To Help Stop Poaching Of Rare Macaw – Brief Article Imagine seeing poachers stalking a rare bird in the wild and being unable to do anything about it. That’s the situation confronting Brazilian biologists working with a conservation group that owns one of two known roosting sites of the extremely endangered Lear’s macaw, also […]

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Stalking The BLACK-FOOTED CAT

Stalking The BLACK-FOOTED CAT – wild cats in South Africa A persistent biologist provides the first look into the nocturnal life of a pint-sized predator in South Africa Every muscle in Lamu’s small, wiry body tightens. She is now 40 minutes into a nighttime stalk, and her snakelike tail swishes violently as she closes in […]

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New Look At Cats!

New Look At Cats! – survey of the world’s big cats, and their environmental risks Fiona and Mel Sunquist Scientists have made extraordinary advances in learning how they live and what we must do to save them A cavernous room in the Sara-wak Natural History Museum bulges with skins, shells and skeletons of creatures collected […]

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Crazy like a hoatzin

Crazy like a hoatzin – Venezuelan bird Peter Zahler To study a bird like this, you need to be a little balmy yourself Yelling and clapping, we moved into the thick scrub, one eye on our quarry while the other searched for signs of feral boars and hornet nests. Dropping to our knees, we quick-crawled […]

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Black mamba! Meet the African species that one expert calls ‘death incarnate.’

Black mamba! Meet the African species that one expert calls ‘death incarnate.’ Douglas Lee Meet the African species that one expert calls ‘death incarnate’ or much of my life I lived quite happily with the vaguely held notion that a mamba was a type of Latin American dance step. I learned of my error one […]