Biting your partner’s nose - a winner for birds, not always for humans.
From dancing to giving presents, animals have evolved some effective and surprisingly familiar ways of wooing a mate.
Paul Meyerheim’s Victorian menagerie.
Exotic animal escapes are relatively rare today, but in the 19th century it wasn't unusual to find a tiger loose in the street.
Roaming Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania.
It's an amazing evolution story happening in our backyards and forests – should this wily canid be called the eastern coyote a 'coywolf'?
Your beak’s in my ear, darling.
Animals can be remarkably reminiscent of humans when it comes to relationships – changing behaviour, eating habits and even friends for the sake of their mates.
Hair as helpers in the quest for cleanliness.
Cleanliness is next to godliness. Did you know hairiness is a part of the equation as well?
Sunflowers contain less protein than aloe plants and bees need more of this.
Nutrition is another factor - in addition to pesticides and bee disease - that has led to the dwindling of the global bee population.
Mass extinctions are more complicated than ‘strength in numbers’.
Being big – larger than a dog – increases the risk of being wiped out in a mass extinction.
Myths and theories abound about how and why the zebra got its stripes.
There are a number of reasons why zebra's stripes are useful to a zebra. The key question is: could some of them benefit society?
Guppies who are under constant threat of predation do worse than those who live without predators.
Humans can learn a thing or two from animals on how to deal with stress.
Thomas Piketty’s book provides new tools to consider the property status of animals in contemporary society.
Should animals be treated like other forms of property such as land, machinery and “stocks”? What role do animals that are owned by humans play in the concept of global wealth?
Not hard to read.
Pain is a subjective experience that often relies on talking to patients so it's harder to know what animals think.
Don’t fence me in: a coyote finds Portland, Oregon a perfectly good habitat.
Urban wildlife is here to stay. Cities and their residents need better policies to coexist with the many animals making their homes in cities and suburbs.
Rapid changes in technology are transforming the contributions ordinary citizens can make to scientific research.
Make the next one a single.
Ronald Wittek / EPA
Lots of animals consume alcohol but only humans do it to get drunk.
The story of Johnny Depp’s dogs and their potential fate attracted global media attention.
Behind the uproar over Johnny Depp's dogs lies a serious and evolving idea: our animal companions have an important place in our lives that entitles them to rights akin to a sort of citizenship.
Did you feel that?
Cloud computing has the potential to predict earthquakes based on animal behaviour.
RSPCA inspectors seized these dogs from one of the puppy farms that meet much of the pet shop industry demand.
The pet industry meets 'demand' driven by the 'right' to own a puppy. Animal welfare advocates respond with a 'vigil' to mark the 'shameful' fate of 250,000 dogs abandoned each year.
Don’t give up the day job, Nelly.
The natural world throws up all kinds of beautiful creations, but many still say art is for humans.
Secret footage revealed that Australian greyhound trainers are still using the banned practice of live baiting.
Australia’s greyhound industry is reeling from the ABC’s Four Corners expose, featuring graphic footage of racing dogs tearing other mammals apart in the illegal training practice of live baiting. The…
Try putting an ice-cube in your mouth. The insides of your mouth and tongue instantly turn numb. Hold it in still and you will feel pain. Now try sucking on peppermint. The mint itself is at room temperature…