There is a growing problem in North America affecting moose, the largest species of the deer family. Whether they make their home in the Canadian Rockies or in Minnesota, moose populations are declining at a rapid rate. One reason is that many of the newborn calves are not surviving their first year. In order to […]
Snow Chick — narrated by actress Kate Winslet — airs Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). During two months of blizzards and frigid temperatures dipping to -80 degrees, each male Emperor penguin who breeds in Antarctica must nurture and protect a single egg that harbors his offspring. But […]
Have scientists discovered the biggest animal to have ever walked the planet? Deep in a South American desert, a giant is being awakened after 101 million years of sleep. Watch scientists, engineers and artists reconstruct its entire skeleton in a timelapse lasting only 60 seconds.
Sauropods were long-necked, plant-eating dinosaurs that started off relatively small. However, after 20 million years of evolution, they grew to enormous proportions. Naturalist David Attenborough compares the thighbone of an early sauropod to the largest ever found.
A mineral lick (also known as a salt lick) is a place where animals can go to lick essential mineral nutrients from a deposit of salts and other minerals. When there isn’t a natural lick nearby, moose make do with the closest salty object.
Young moose must learn to swim, so that they can feast on pond weed and other aquatic plants. These plants are the main source of sodium for moose and only available for a short time during the summer months.
Moose populations have declined in recent years and scientists still aren’t sure of the cause. A brain parasite, normally found in white-tailed deer, may be partially to blame.