Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Nature Reads Round-Up


With so many exciting and compelling things happening in the natural world and biology these days, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest natural science news. We at NATURE love reading all the latest reports, as well as keeping tabs on specific animals we’ve featured in our films. Here’s a round-up of articles we’ve been reading this week:

Urban Elephant

A shot from the NATURE film Urban Elephant

Remember our film Urban Elephant? Shirley, one of the elephants featured, celebrated her 70th birthday, making her the 3rd oldest elephant in North America.

Fitting news for our Summer of LoveScientists have found that the African annual fish can reach sexual maturity in about two weeks, the fastest known among vertebrates.

Beavers may be the ultimate keystone species, but read why two countries want them wiped out. 

On the opposite side of the spectrum, a fungus threatens to decimate amphibians in North America, but this time, scientists stand ready. 

Throw it back this Thursday to a previous Nature podcast episode and listen to how an international team of scientists set out to save the vaquita, the most endangered whale in the world.

Finally, read how this one odd bird embodies the Endangered Species Act debate, and be sure to tune in to watch our rebroadcast and streaming of The Sagebrush Sea on September 19!


PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.