On #WorldElephantDay Learn About the Biggest Study of Africa’s Elephants

Today is World Elephant Day and we thought there was no better time to take a look at the state of Africa’s elephants. To find out how the largest living land animals are faring we spoke with Mike Chase, conversation biologist and founder of the non-profit organization Elephants Without Borders.  Starting in 2014, Mike lead the Great Elephant Census, a groundbreaking two-year study that […]

Do Fish Feel Pain?

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins by scientist and author Jonathan Balcombe. Do fishes feel pain? While it may seem obvious to some of us that they do based on their appearance, their behavior, and their membership in the group of vertebrate animals, many people […]

Why Are These Sloths Wearing Tiny Backpacks?

This episode of the InsideNATURE podcast is all about sloths–perhaps the strangest group of creatures evolution has ever produced. While other species get ahead by being the fastest, the biggest or the strongest, sloths do everything as slowly as possible, using the least amount of energy and remaining largely unnoticed. But don’t be deceived by […]

The Uncertain Future of the Vaquita

The vaquita is the smallest porpoise in the world and also the most endangered. Last year, a scientific survey determined there were about 30 vaquitas left in wild, down from the 60 or so found the previous year. With such low numbers, the species appears to be teetering on the edge of extinction, and scientists […]

Yosemite and Climate Change with Wildlife Filmmaker Joe Pontecorvo

In the latest episode of the InsideNATURE podcast, I spoke with filmmaker Joe Pontecorvo, producer of the recent NATURE film Yosemite. As the name suggests, Joe’s film is about Yosemite National Park, one of America’s oldest parks, nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California. The film features a diverse cast of animal characters including […]

The Crab with the Kung Fu Grip

Poking around on the beach, you may have encountered a hermit crab — a typically petite crustacean whose home is the shell it carries around on its back. Now imagine that tiny crab grew bigger and bigger until it could no longer find a large enough shell. With no means of defense, it develops a […]