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5 startling statistics about rhinos

Rhinos are some of the planet’s most iconic animals, thanks largely to their hulking physiques and distinctive horns. Yet fame has done little to protect rhinos lately, as a poaching crisis has rapidly shrunk many populations of the ancient mammals….

Nearly 3 billion birds have disappeared from North America since 1970

If your backyard bird feeder seems a little less popular these days, it’s not your imagination. The number of birds in the U.S. and Canada has plummeted over the past 50 years, dropping by 29%, according to a study published…

Our chicken just laid a $7,000 egg

Wondering what “Atlanta to Appalachia” is all about? It’s part of an occasional series about life in the wilds of West Virginia through the eyes of a couple who never dreamed they’d love it there. Read previous installments here. *…

Cheetah cubs need best friends, too

There’s a long-held misconception that dogs and cats can’t be friends. You’d be surprised at how well they can get along sometimes. That’s what keepers at the Cincinnati Zoo were hoping when cheetah cub Kris was recently introduced to a…

A chameleon's colors aren't just beautiful, they're amazingly complex

Chameleons are known for their ability to change color. But amazingly, what we see isn’t a change in pigment. What’s actually going on is a change in millions of microscopic salt crystals just under the chameleon’s skin. These photonic crystals…

This bat-friendly town turned the night red

A sustainable neighborhood in the Dutch town of Nieuwkoop is leaving on the welcome light for bats. And if all goes well, they’ll never even notice it. The groundbreaking initiative, a culmination of more than five years of research on…

Why do cats love paper and plastic so much?

Cats are curious little creatures. As the only domesticated species in the family Felidae, the domestic cat has a mixed reputation — everything from aloof to love bug. We humans are never quite sure if our cats truly love us…

Denmark gives 4 circus elephants the perfect retirement gift

The performing days of Ramboline, Lara, Djunga and Jenny are over. Denmark’s last four remaining circus elephants were purchased by the government for 11 million kroner ($1.6 million) to allow them a happy retirement. Denmark is working on a ban…

This critically endangered skink is getting its own tropical island

It has been nearly a decade since the last confirmed sighting of a wild blue-tailed skink on Australia’s Christmas Island, where the species is now considered extinct in the wild. Scientists managed to collect several dozen of the colorful lizards…