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Elephants on the Ground, Bats in the Sky, and Rivers Running Underground

Finding “safe” netting sites is not always easy as we discovered while on the Huab River during our quest to learn more about the desert bats of Namibia.

Wolverine Research Isn’t Pretty

NG Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish tracks down wild wolverines to sniff out what their scat can tell us about them and their world.

No Ice in Sight: Polar Bears Scrabble Onshore to Find Food

On June 4, 1773, English naval officers were dispatched on an expedition to the Arctic. Their goal was to locate a passage from the British Isles to the Pacific Ocean. Instead, on ice floes near Spitsbergen (Svalbard), Norway, they found polar bears. The explorers were the first Europeans to describe the bears as a distinct…

Learning Big Answers From Small Creatures

Studying bats in Madagascar, Cara Brook reflects on what the small things can tell us about the big picture.

R4WO Invited To The United Nations To Discuss Marine Plastic Pollution

The R4WO had a lot on its plate in the Big Apple in order to keep on passing the message about the urgency to act for our oceans. Litter is found in all the world’s oceans and seas and concerns are growing about impacts of marine litter on ecosystem health, biodiversity and human health. For this reason,…

Epic Mountain Hike Leads to Discovery of New Microbes

“Diatoms are to microscopic organisms as grizzly bears are to mammals. They are beautiful for their intricate designs and symmetry, and amazing for their incredible variety.”

DNA Reveals Unknown Ancient Migration Into India

As the Genographic Project celebrates its 10th anniversary, team scientists announce intriguing results from a study of more than 10,000 men from southern Asia.

Punk Rock Bird Sports Mega Mohawk

With a mohawk of feathers, a painted red face, and a diet that includes cobras, the secretary-bird is a flamboyant predator.

3-D Modelling Corals on the Real Skull Island

On Skull Island, the skulls of head-hunting victims lie entombed beneath the skulls of their captors, while under the waves, a living treasure of coral is being enshrined digitally for all to see.

Women Lead on Conservation in Nepal

“Women do most of the work in rural communities, they are the ones collecting firewood or fodder from the forests or fetching water from the faraway spring. Given how connected women are to nature, they are the most knowledgeable about natural resources and their connection to better livelihoods. Communities without empowered women are missing the backbone that strengthens them and helps them climb out of poverty.”

Bat Man of Borneo

Trudging through piles of guano up to 70 feet high, Donald McFarlane is getting to know the secrets of bats deep in the caves they call home.

Hope for the Future of Curaçao’s Coral Reefs

Curaçao is one of the most culturally vibrant places I’ve been – a melting pot of the Caribbean. Papiamentu, the local dialect, reflects this diversity with its inclusion of Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, English, and African languages.  Underwater, Curaçao is similarly diverse and vibrant, with one of the healthiest coral reefs in the Caribbean. But, as…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #76

This is the 76th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” and represents one of the best wild bird photograph collections we have ever seen. This is a testament to how far this community has come and how much effort all of the contributing photographers and enthusiasts have to put in. We…

Primate Survey Raises Question: Are Uganda’s Northernmost Chimpanzees Vanishing?

We set out to confirm whether chimpanzees remain in northern Uganda, and which other primates are supported by the magnificent Otzi Mountains on the South-Sudanese border. Here’s what we found.

Mountain Lion Dispersal

M80 and F96, young mountain lions followed by Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project, dispersed from their mother’s home range in northwest Wyoming, about April 1st, 2014, when the pair were 19 months old. In northern climates, there is a Spring pulse of young mountain lions setting out to find territories of their own. M80 moved north…