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A tiger’s vertical stripes help it blend in with trees and grasses in its homelands in Asia. Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images

Why do tigers have stripes?

How do tigers – a top predator – successfully hunt their prey when they have bright orange fur? The secret's in their stripes!
Woolly monkeys are hard to miss in Colombia’s jungles. Now, they face extinction. Mónica Ramírez

We train Colombian woolly monkeys to be wild again – and maybe save them from extinction

Colombian researchers hope to revive an endangered species by rehabilitating monkeys confiscated from smugglers. The captive animals' struggles show that survival is not guaranteed.
The cheetah population almost halved since 1975 with only an estimated 7,100 left in the wild today. Shutterstock

Cheetahs often don’t thrive in captivity. We set out to find out why

Captivity isn't kind to cheetahs where most develop diseases that are unusual in big cats. It's never been clear why this is the case, but understanding their metabolism might provide the answer.

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