Saving Pangolins from Extinction

Saving Pangolins from Extinction

Pangolins are in crisis, with all eight species threatened with extinction. This means that an entire taxonomic Order, the Pholidota, faces going the way of the dodo. Fortunately, pangolins are starting to receive the attention and conservation action that they deserve and there is cause for optimism. Pangolins are truly unique. There are no other […]

6 Tips to Beckon a Bevy of Butterflies

 6 Tips to Beckon a Bevy of Butterflies

It’s no wonder butterflies have fascinated human beings for as long as we have coexisted. These colorful creatures appear delicate—fragile, even—but perform dazzling feats of acrobatics and endurance, by design. Many members of this diverse family have the strength to withstand whatever nature throws at them, from high winds and heavy rains to frigid winters […]

Problem-Solving Abilities Help Explain the Grey Squirrel’s Success

Problem-Solving Abilities Help Explain the Grey Squirrel’s Success

It’s entirely possible, even likely, that you underestimate the eastern grey squirrel. Despite having small rodent brains, they are capable of remembering,  with a high degree of precision, where they stashed thousands of nuts. If they sense they are being watched, they may pretend to bury their food, suggesting a certain level of self-awareness and […]

Talking Rhinos and Stem Cells with Award-Winning Journalist Rachel Nuwer

Talking Rhinos and Stem Cells with Award-Winning Journalist Rachel Nuwer

 This February, we aired “The Last Rhino”, a film about the three remaining Northern White Rhinos; Sudan, an elderly male, his daughter Fatu, and his granddaughter Najin. Together, they are last living representatives of their kind. However, this dire situation hasn’t deterred a group of scientists from trying to rescue the Northern White. Using […]

For Pacific Mole Crabs, It’s Dig or Die

For Pacific Mole Crabs, It’s Dig or Die

Among the surfers and beach-casting anglers, there’s a new visitor to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach shoreline. Benjamin McInroe is there for only one reason — to find Pacific mole crabs, creatures commonly known as sand crabs. They are tiny animals whose burrowing causes millions of small bubbles to appear on the beach as the tide […]

Standoff Over Mexican Gray Wolf Continues in Southwestern U.S.

Standoff Over Mexican Gray Wolf Continues in Southwestern U.S.

The Mexican gray wolf is lucky to be alive; it came as close to extinction as possible without vanishing, in the 1970s. But doubts remain about its survival. In November, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a recovery plan to outline a path forward. Yet the plan was condemned by many who don’t think […]

Wildlife Filmmaker Gordon Buchanan On ‘Animals with Cameras’

Wildlife Filmmaker Gordon Buchanan On ‘Animals with Cameras’

In our latest podcast episode, NATURE executive producer Fred Kaufman speaks with BBC cameraman and presenter Gordon Buchanan. Gordon hosts the upcoming NATURE mini-series “Animals with Cameras”, which premieres on PBS three consecutive Wednesdays, starting on January 31st. If the name doesn’t give it away, “Animals with Cameras” employs state-of-the-art cameras worn by animals themselves. […]