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Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #18

Africa is our closest representation of the “Pleistocene megafauna”, the massive land animals considered archetypical of the last ice age, the mammoths and mastodons, sabre-toothed cats, and giant sloths, horses, bears, tortoises, and much else that disappeared with the subsequent rise of humankind. To walk in Africa’s wild places is to listen to yourself and understand your place on…

A Colorful View of Incredibly Sticky Feet

National Geographic grantee Travis Hagey reveals the secrets of geckos’ super-powers, and opens wide the doors of worldwide gecko diversity.

7 Demonic Creatures: Thorny Devil, Satanic Gecko, More

From “demon” ants to satanic geckos—see some of nature’s most devilish-looking creatures.

Don’t Rake This Leaf

Lately, National Geographic has helped fund my research on toxic frogs in Madagascar‘s Ranomafana National Park. On a prior trip to that park, I encountered several snazzy reptiles to admire, including the aptly-named leaf tailed gecko, Uroplatus phantasticus, pictured above. No, that brown thing in the foreground isn’t a leaf—that’s really the gecko’s tail! This…