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Wild orangutan teeth provide insight into human breast-feeding evolution
Biomarkers in the teeth of wild orangutans indicate nursing patterns related to food fluctuations in their habitats, which can help guide understanding of breast-feeding evolution in humans, according...
Endangered elephant killed in freak accident
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A park ranger in Cambodia says an endangered wild elephant has died after an electrical pole fell and electrocuted the animal.Nup Thet, a ranger at Wildlife Alliance, said the 3-ton...
The ultimate power nap: Researchers use 'Fitbits' to track elephant sleep in the wild
Behavioral studies of elephant sleep in zoos record that they sleep around four hours per day and can sleep standing up or lying down -- but how much do they sleep and how do they sleep in their natural...
Antelope revived in Sahara years after going extinct in the wild
Home at lastZSL-SCF-EADBy Alice KleinThey’re back. Scimitar-horned oryx have been reintroduced to the wild after a two-decade absence and are flourishing in their old stomping grounds. The desert antelopes...
10 games you should get excited for in 2017
2016 is said and done from a gaming perspective, but don’t fret - there are enough great titles coming out in 2017 to put your New Year’s resolution of getting outside more or spending less on games...
Rare Arabian leopards forced out by frankincense harvesters
Under threatcourtesy Hadi Al HikmaniBy Kata KaráthThe habitat of one of the world’s rarest and most elusive big cats is shrinking fast, with the latest pressure coming from frankincense collectors. Only...
Most mammals have a greater life expectancy in zoos
Life in the wild harbors the risk of predation, food shortages, harsh climates, and intense competition. Zoo animals, by contrast, are protected from these dangers. Researchers were part of an international...
SeaWorld's massive mission to aid a pregnant manatee
A complex rescue effort involving a Coast Guard plane is helping return a pregnant manatee to the wild. The 800-pound marine mammal was rescued in September off the coast of Massachusetts.Less than a month...
Jia Jia, the world’s oldest-ever captive panda, dead at 38
HONG KONG - The world’s oldest-ever panda in captivity was euthanized Sunday at the Hong Kong theme park where she lived because her health had deteriorated.Ocean Park said in a statement that a veterinarian...
Female chimpanzees don't fight for 'queen bee' status
New research provides the first detailed look at how social status among wild chimpanzees changes throughout their lifetimes. For wild chimpanzees, social status is more than just a matter of pride. High-ranking...
Wild chimpanzee mothers teach young to use tools
The first documented evidence of wild chimpanzee mothers teaching their offspring to use tools has been captured by video cameras set to record chimpanzee tool-using activity at termite mounds in the Nouabalé-Ndoki...
Feral chickens spread light on evolution
Different genes are involved during the adaptation of a domestic animal to life in the wild than when a wild animal becomes domesticated, concludes a new study. The results increase our understanding of...
Flowers critical link to bacteria transmission in wild bees
Flowers are a hot spot of transmission of bacteria that end up in the microbiome of wild bees, new research has found. The work shows for the first time that multiple flower and wild bee species share...
Giant pandas hit milestone amid fresh concern about their future
BEIJING -- The giant panda, one of the symbols of China, is off the endangered list thanks to aggressive conservation efforts.The International Union for Conservation of Nature said in a report released...
Pokémon Go is so yesterday as cell phone gambling hits the Vegas strip
Jester Poker is one game you can play virtually at MGM Resorts in Vegas.easyPLAYMGM Resorts on Wednesday unveiled what it's billing as the nation's first "real-money" mobile tournament gambling platform....
3 lions ID'd as man-eaters caged for life
NEW DELHI -- Three lions identified as having eaten villagers in western India have been caged and will never be released back into the wild, forest officials said Thursday.The male and two females were...
E3 2016: 8 things we've learned about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
ZeldaThe new Zelda may be Nintendo's only playable game at E3 2016, but damn, it's being generous with its portions.We've been treated to hours of gameplay footage, while attendees have been getting stuck...
The wild weather is here to stay
Southern Queensland and parts of New South Whales bracing for powerful storm cell this weekend. Yep, it’s going to be a pretty wild weekend. Might be worth staying indoors. Pic: Wade Dines IF you had plans...
World's wild tiger count rising for first time since 1900
The world's count of wild tigers roaming forests from Russia to Vietnam has gone up for the first time in more than a century, with 3,890 counted by conservation groups and national governments in the...
Wild tiger numbers increase for first time in 100 years
Wild tiger numbers have increased for the first time since detailed records began, with almost 3,900 thought to be living worldwide.The figure, based on national surveys, is an increase from the 2010 estimate...
Wild tiger population is rising
Feeding time in the largest natural park for wild Siberian tigers in China. Conservation efforts such as these have led to a rise in the number of tigers in the wild. Source: James Chong/2013 Sony World...
Bison return to forests across Europe as part of mass rewilding
Making a comebackGrzegorz Lesniewski & Marcin Stanczyk/Rewilding EuropeThings are looking up for the long-lost European bison. It once dominated the open countryside of Europe, but was hunted to extinction...
Study: 'Collect Crops' Wild Relatives for Future Food Security'
Many wild relatives of important food crops, which could be used to help those crops adapt and thrive in an environment impacted by climate change, are missing from the world's genebanks. Researchers with...
Report warns wild bees may be heading for extinction
WASHINGTON -- Many species of wild bees, butterflies and other critters that pollinate plants are shrinking toward extinction, and the world needs to do something about it before our food supply suffers,...
Animals in the snow
Humans aren't the only ones who have to contend with winter. Some bear with it and others brace the cold and white stuff -- just like the rest of us.In this photo, Japanese wild monkeys known as "snow...
Meet the animals that are defying odds by escaping extinction
Oryx: Born to rewildIra Block/GettyTALK about second chances: Sahara oryx are about to get a first-class ticket back to their natural mode of existence. Come March, the first 25 of a planned 500 animals...
Horses had stripes like zebras until humans broke them in, scientists say
Pale hair colour in Dun horses provides camouflage - horses in the wild are safer from attack by predators like lions and tigers because they are less conspicuous. In contrast domestic horses - as well...
Maps reveal US “hotspots” where crops could fail in the future
How dire is the problem? Koh and his colleagues decided to find out by modeling what wild bee populations look like now—and how this might change in coming years. They used publicly available satellite...
Epigenetics in wild guinea pigs
Fathers are able to adjust to increasing temperatures within their own lifetime and do transmit this information to their offspring. This has now been shown for the first time in a wild animal. The findings...
Crow cameras give a bird’s eye view of tool-making in the wild
Video: Wild crows filmed making and using hooked tools Call it a GoCro. Cameras mounted on the tails of wild New Caledonian crows have caught these renowned tool-makers in the act of creating the hooked...
Wild populations of popular cage bird face catastrophic declines
New research suggests that wild populations of Grey Parrots—one of the world's most popular cage birds—have been virtually wiped out by poaching and habitat loss. Working in Ghana, scientists estimate...
Wild bee decline threatens US crop production
The first national study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they're disappearing in many of the country's most important farmlands—including California's Central Valley, the Midwest's corn belt, and the Mississippi...
Global amphibian killer eliminated in wild for the first time
Help is at hand for toads and their kin. For the first time, the amphibian-killing chytrid fungus has been purged from sites in the wild. Since emerging in the 1980s, chytridiomycosis has affected hundreds...
Tomatoes taste good because we slowed down their internal clocks
National Park ServiceTomatoes were probably first domesticated in the Andean region of Peru and Ecuador. From there, cultivation spread to Mexico, where conquistadors found them, returning with them to...
Cockatoo research soars to new heights
A tagged Carnaby feeding in a liquidamber tree. Credit: Christine Groom For those of us who have grown up in WA, a black cloud comprised of hundreds of cockatoos moving across the sky used to be a common...
Managed bees spread and intensify diseases in wild bees
For various reasons, wild pollinators are in decline across many parts of the world. To combat this, managed honey bees and bumblebees are frequently shipped in to provide valuable pollination services...
Wild: A game of animal survival that stretches off into infinity
If Sony's PlayStation 4 lineup is anything to go by, 2016 will be the year games go to infinity. The headline grabber is No Man's Sky, of course, but for those not keen on space travel, there's another...
Norway’s hilarious slang for ‘crazy’
Norwegians have a common saying that literally translates to “That’s so Texas”. WE Aussies have a number of unique sayings for those sacred moments when crazy things happen. Casually found a killer python...
Wild socks launch this start-up's business
Jefferson Graham visits Stance, the San Clemente, Calif. company that has re-invigorated the modern sock, with wild colors and flashy patterns. #talkingtech. ...
System 76 Unleashes Wild Dog Pro
System 76 has announced its latest desktop release, Wild Dog Pro, with a range of high-end customizable configurations to enhance video editing and media creation, software engineering, CAD, and high-end...
Wild Aurochs-Like Cattle Reintroduced in Czech Republic
Such an animal has not been seen on Czech territory for hundreds of years. A Dutch breeding program has recreated massive bovines closely related to aurochs, once the heaviest European land mammal and...
Mad cow disease changed the diet of the Galician wolf
The Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease crisis in Europe was a turning point for the diet of the Galician wolf, which until the year 2000, had primarily fed on the carrion of domestic animals. A new study shows...
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