No man is an island, but can the same be said for animals? Different species of animals approach solitude in varying degrees. In the spirit of Independence Day, here’s a rundown of a few of the most self-sufficient creatures on the planet.
With nearly endless exposure to pesticides, parasites, and more, the European honey bee (Apis mellifera) has certainly had its share of troubles. Still, even when life—and particularly “romance”—goes according to plan for honey bees, it isn't all sweetness and light.
With Father’s Day around the corner, it’s only fitting that we take a moment to acknowledge a handful of animals who happen to be some of the most dutiful dads in the animal kingdom. While many males play a role in the rearing of their young, these five fabulous fathers go above and beyond.
Editor’s note: Victoria Bromley’s film, The World’s Most Wanted Animal premiered on PBS on May 23, 2018. Below she gives some insight into what led her to the project and the plight of pangolins today. I first became aware of Maria Diekmann and Honey Bun when I saw a short film that Sanne [Sanne Christophersen, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Over a span of 16 years, nearly 150,000 orangutans have disappeared from the island of Borneo. That’s about half of the total population on this western Pacific island, and worrisome news for a species that is already critically endangered. Researchers conducted the survey by counting nests of Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus), one of three species […]