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Trail of the Cougar

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NATURE’s Trail of the Cougar profiles the “king cat” and its struggle for survival. Hunted almost to extinction over the past three centuries, cougars are making a comeback today, with some 30,000 living in the wilds of North and South America. But still they face uncertain prospects, as human encroachment continues to shrink their natural […]

Trail of the Cougar

Cougar Attacks

One minute, David Parker was stooped under a rock ledge seeking shelter from a drenching rain. The next, the 61-year old Canadian was rolling in a muddy roadside ditch, his jaw smashed, fighting for his life against a 100-pound cougar eager for a meal. Cougar attacks are on the rise in North America. Such ambushes […]

Trail of the Cougar

Interview: Photographer Brian Call

It was perhaps the saddest photograph Brian Call had ever taken. But it may help the Florida panther reach a happy ending in its struggle for survival. Brian Call took this photo of a cougar that was struck by a car. In the spring of 2001, Call — a Florida wildlife illustrator and photographer — […]

The Reptiles

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The Reptiles: Alligators and Crocodiles looks at the ultimate predators at the margins of the water and the land. Some amuse us, others terrify us. They slither, swim, walk and crawl, leap and lunge, and some spend their entire lives contained within a shell. Their ranks include some of the most skillful predators on Earth. […]

Flight School

Interview: Joseph Duff, Operation Migration

As a young boy, Canadian sculptor William Lishman wanted to be a military pilot. Vision problems grounded that dream, but he did eventually take up flying ultralight aircraft. And in 1988, he made ornithological and aviation history by leading a flock of 12 Canada geese that had imprinted on him; bonding to his plane as […]

Flight School

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Whooping cranes learn survival lessons from human surrogate parents on NATURE’s Flight School. At five-feet tall, with a wing span of nearly 8 feet, whooping cranes are among the largest and most beautiful birds of North America. But hunting and other forms of human encroachment drove them to the very edge of extinction in the […]

What Females Want | What Males Will Do

To Have, to Hold, and to Cheat

Of the 4,000 or so species of mammals, only a handful of animals have ever been thought to mate for life. This short list of animals includes among others: gibbon apes, wolves, coyotes, barn owls, bald eagles, gorillas and barn swallows. But as it turns out there are some cracks in these monogamous images — […]

Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History

Interview: Gloria Grow

Q: Why did you decide to take in all of those chimps at once? A: I didn’t have a choice. The day that I went to the lab and met the chimps, I decided I would be taking whomever I met. I was introduced to two groups of chimps — 15 in total, 7 of […]