African white-backed vultures serve an important function in their sub-Saharan ecosystem. However, these once plentiful scavengers are now critically endangered.
The beautiful fur of the African leopard is a source of protection−and vulnerability.
Habitat loss is a leading threat to animal species. The African wild dog is particularly susceptible to this problem.
Learn more about the flamingo’s unique adaptations and why its wetland habitats are under threat.
A deadly fungus is spreading through amphibian communities around the world.
Amur hedgehogs are found in some parts of eastern Asia. They have sharp, strong quills that they use for defense.
Peromyscus polionotus phasma is a native of Florida, where it burrows in sand dunes along the barrier island ecosystems of the Atlantic coast, competing with humans eager for development.
Antillean manatees are closely related to the manatees found along the coast of Florida. Populations of these marine mammals are considered endangered.
Unknowns abound for a common bat in the southwestern United States.
Small but abundant, the Atlantic stingray thrives in a wide range of habitats, including freshwater.
The Baird’s tapir is the national animal of Belize, but habitat loss threatens the future of the species.
Conservation efforts saved the majestic bald eagle from extinction.
The bright colors of this delicate butterfly make it easy to identify—and might warn predators to stay away.
Rediscovery, continued decline, and invasion: the Barbary sheep faces recovery in its native range and invades abroad.
A once-common bird faces human and environmental pressure across its range.
Despite habitat loss and threats from introduced species, the blackneck garter snake is holding its own in its extensive range.
Illegal poaching and the black market selling of rhino horns are the biggest threat to Africa’s black rhinoceroses.
The bloodworm may look like your average slimy critter, but copper jaws extending from a squirming proboscis give it a quirky distinction.
Although protections for the bobcat vary across its range, the species’ numbers have increased in recent years.
Facial hair and an elongated snout make the Bornean bearded pig hard to forget. But that’s not all that’s striking about Borneo’s only native pig.
The Brazilian salmon pink birdeater is not as voracious a bird consumer as its name implies, but it is an agile hunter.
The Canada lynx roams the northern forests of North America in pursuit of its main prey, the snowshoe hare.
Southern Africa’s Cape fox is one of the smallest member of the Canidae family, but that’s not keeping it down. Discover more about this good listener and how it is expanding its range.
A critically endangered subspecies of parrot endemic to the island of Sumba in Indonesia.
Rain forest logging threatens the future of the Colombian black spider monkey. Learn about its life in the forest canopy and how it helps promote new growth.
The common bluebottle has uncommon eyes. Discover how their vision equips them for survival.
The common warthog ranges widely throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Its unusual grooming habits include help from birds and even mongooses.
The adaptable coyote is not just tolerating the changes to its habitat, it is thriving in them.
Cusk eels live along the ocean floor, from shallow areas down to the deepest parts of the ocean where light from the sun does not penetrate.
The diamondback terrapin is an iconic coastal dweller from Massachusetts to the Gulf Coast.
The dusky pademelon is a small member of the Macropodidae family, which includes all kangaroos. It is native to New Guinea and minor surrounding islands.
A variety of adaptations enable the emperor tamarin to survive in forests of the Amazon.
The European wildcat is a undomesticated feline staple of the European landscape that mainly hunts rodents, rabbits, and other small animals for sustenance.
The fennec fox is unmistakable with its large ears, used for hunting and staying cool in the desert.
Fishing cats are not averse to getting wet and can be found in wetlands, mangroves, and sometimes aquaculture farms, across South and Southeast Asia.
This subspecies of mountain lion once roamed throughout the southeastern United States, but is now endangered and inhabits wild lands in Florida.
The giant anteater is an odd-looking and mostly solitary mammal with remarkable physical traits, including a two-foot-long tongue and formidable claws.
The giant Pacific octopus is one of the largest of the octopus species and resides in the northern part of the Pacific Ocean. It is mostly a solitary creature yet displays capacity for socializing.
A beloved symbol of wildlife conservation, the Giant Panda is one of the rarest bears on the planet. A recent change in its status suggests there is hope for its future.
Golden lion tamarins are New World monkeys that inhabit limited areas of coastal forest near Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
Researchers have new insights into how−and why−Africa’s graceful chameleon, and all other chameleons, change color.
Able to mimic the appearance of the tree where it feeds, Gray’s twig is a master of camouflage.
This widespread South American parrot is common in the wild and in captivity.
A showy green bird faces population decline amidst pressure from hunting and trade.
The green spotted pufferfish is toxic, has an impressive natural defense mechanism, and may teach us something about ourselves.
A regal African bird has suffered a precipitous population decline.
A colorful Old World primate has a large, healthy population with pre-emptive protection.
Hard-headed birds face challenges from rivals and humans.
The horse conch is a very large marine snail that is found in shallow waters along the Atlantic coast of the United States and Mexico.
The tiny Iowa Pleistocene snail, a relic from the Ice Age, can only be found in a very specific habitat in the United States. Find out where this interesting animal lives and the changes that threaten the snail’s survival.
Kirk’s dik-dik has some unusual traits to help it survive in the hot, dry areas it calls home. Learn how this small antelope copes with its environment and its predators.
One of Australia’s prominent endemic species faces pressure from shifting climate and expanding human settlements.
Small but feisty, the Leadbeater’s possum depends on a mix of old and young trees for food and shelter. Learn about its special habitat and why this tiny mammal is disappearing.
Like the leopard, the long-nosed leopard lizard is easily recognized by its dark spots.
Though long-tailed chinchillas are common pets, they were hunted nearly to extinction in the wild. Today, they are considered an endangered species.
A subspecies of the common pheasant, the Pallas’s ring-necked pheasant is a native of Asia.
Mandrills display some of the most striking mammalian coloration in the animal world and exhibit a distinctive sexual dimorphism between males and females.
Indian elephants are an endangered species. Shrinking habitat puts them into conflict with humans on the Asian mainland.
Animals adapted to island life struggle to survive.
A common camouflaged frog may face unseen challenges.
The Malayan porcupine spends much of its time foraging in the ground for food and has a rump full of black-and-white banded quills it will use when threatened or attacked.
The Malayan tiger is a critically endangered subspecies of tiger that lives on t he Malay Peninsula. A variety of conservation efforts are underway to save the tiger from extinction.
Small and toxic, brightly colored mantella frogs have developed a number of adaptations to help them survive in the forests of Madagascar.
Marbled newts are distinctive green-and-black amphibians found in Spain, Portugal, and France.
Marbled salamanders rely on vernal pools and wetlands habitats across much of the eastern United States to breed.
The killing of an endangered Mexican gray wolf in Arizona illustrates the conflict between rangers and environmentalists over managing the reintroduction of the subspecies.
An endangered Southeast Asian waterbird faces unique challenges but may benefit from reintroduction efforts.
The Miller’s saki lives in the trees of the western reaches of the Amazon rain forest. Populations of this monkey are threatened by habitat loss and hunting.
The New Guinea crocodile shares the biodiverse island of New Guinea with other crocodile species.
Northern elephant seals migrate long distances twice a year. Their migration patterns are unique among mammals.
The northern Luzon giant cloud rat is a rodent endemic to the Island of Luzon in the Philippines.
A desert mountain goat faces poachers and water shortages on its road to recovery.
Humans are the greatest threat to the oncilla, or little-spotted cat, of Central and South America.
Fierce and colorful, the opalescent sea slug is a nudibranch to look for in the tide pools along the Pacific coast.
The oriental whip snake is a common snake found throughout parts of Asia.
Simple, ancient animals provide shelter for others but face challenges in marine environments.
The world’s largest bear species faces challenges from warming weather and disappearing ice.
The red and white giant flying squirrel is found in parts of China, and uses a membrane of skin between its limbs to glide. It is found in parts of China.
Madagascar’s beautiful red ruffed lemur−and its pointed nose−plays a key role in the ongoing growth of its habitat.
The ring-tailed vontsira has been evolving on Madagascar for millions of years.
The endangered red wolf’s population was decimated in the United States, but its reintroduction in North Carolina provides hope for recovery.
Rock squirrels are ground squirrels that live throughout the American southwest and much of Mexico.
The uniquely shaped scrawled cowfish thrives in a variety of habitats in the temperate and tropical waters off the east coast of the Americas.
The short-beaked echidna has spines on its back, a stiff snout, and a sticky tongue. It can be found in all of Australia’s biogeographic regions.
Despite some population declines, this acrobatic owl can be found worldwide.
Because small-toothed palm civets are arboreal and nocturnal, monitoring them can be challenging. This makes estimating their population and understanding their behavior more difficult.
A widespread Northern Hemisphere bird of prey may face future challenges from climate change.
An invasive mantis spells doom for lovestruck natives.
These great apes face the destruction of their forest habitat in Indonesia.
It’s armored and can roll into a ball, but can it stand up to habitat destruction?
The Tasmanian devil is an Australian marsupial facing a serious threat to its survival as a species from a transmissible cancer.
Learn more about the Texas indigo, one of North America’s largest snakes.
The Texas redheaded centipede looks like a frightening predator, but it’s also a source of prey in nature’s food web.
The two-horned beetle is a species of scarab beetle.
North America’s only marsupial might look a little strange, but it’s an important contributor to healthy ecosystems.
Mexico’s tiny volcano rabbit faces many challenges, including competition for the grasses it depends on for survival−but there are signs of hope for this endangered animal.
These West African great apes need careful planning and multinational coordination to preserve their habitat and wild populations.
This African species is suffering from an increase in illegal trade from Africa into Asia, where its scales are used in traditional medicine.
A large and social North American rodent knows the benefits of playtime.
A common tropical oriole leaves many questions unanswered.