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All informative and interesting articles about the world of animals. Curiosities about fauna, information about the animal kingdom, its protection and many other contents about the species that compose it.

Wolf tracks (footprint) in the frozen snow. By Maksymus | Shutterstock.com

Field guide: identifying animal footprints, traces and signs

Habitat loss or destruction is a direct consequence of our current economic and social system, as well as one of the greatest threats to animal species and to wildlife sustainability. Biodiversity reduction and the extinction of species are some of the devastating effects of this degradation, which is at...
The Amazon molly does not produce any male offspring. The females reproduce asexually through gynogenesis. Nevertheless they need sperm to trigger the cloning process. By Manfred Schartl

The Amazon molly: the small fish making a big splash in science

What is the Amazon molly and how did it get its name? The Amazon molly (Poecilia formosa) is a small, inconspicuous freshwater fish. It belongs to a genus of around 40 fish species, which includes the well-known guppy. Amazon mollies are omnivores and spend their days feeding on small invertebrates,...
Zebras. By Fabrizio Frigeni

What is homeostasis?

Environmental factors are the characteristics of the external environment that have a direct impact on our organism. Sometimes, the alteration of some of these parameters (such as temperature or humidity) can negatively affect bodies, damaging and disrupting the execution of physiological functions. It's important for animals to be able...
Great grey Shrike Cover

4 animals and their fascinating feeding habits

Eating like animals  A part of growing up is learning how to eat, but mealtime etiquette can be a tricky business. From culture to culture, there are a range of elaborate rules that apply. For example, in China, leaving some food on the plate is a sign of politeness. While,...
Elephant mother and baby in forest, Thailand. Pic by tdee photo cm | Shutterstock.com

Wildlife hotspots in Southeast Asia: Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Borneo

Extraordinary biodiversity This decade has seen a tourism boom in Southeast (SE) Asia, with millions of international visitors flocking to Indochina and beyond in search of adventure. Budget-friendly backpacking, exotic cuisine, historical and cultural treasures. The list of reasons for visiting is endless but, for us, wildlife holds the top...
Twins sisters with Appaloosa horse and Dalmatian dogs in rainy autumn park. By Julia Shepeleva | Shutterstock.com

Do other animals give birth to twins? Examples from the animal kingdom

Assuming you’re human, the likelihood of having twins is quite little. But, depending where you’re from, there’s a surprising amount of variation. In Central Africa, the twinning rate is almost 30 in every 1,000 births; in much of Asia and Latin America, the average is as low as eight...
Spirit bear (Kermode). By Anette Holmberg | Shutterstock.com

Have you ever heard of the Kermode bear, also known as the Spirit bear?

The Kemode bear: Spirit of the forest Deep within the Great Bear Rainforest, in Canada, all is not as it seems. The unique ecosystem produces strange natural scenes. On this coastal land, dampened by dense mist, we can still find indigenous tribes who began living there long before the white...
Close up portrait of a grey wolf (Canis Lupus) also known as Timber wolf in the Canadian forest during the summer months. By FOTOimage Montreal | Shutterstock.com

The Grey Wolf. Our changing relationship with one of Europe’s apex predators

The legend You close your eyes and picture a wolf. Your mind will probably conjure up a snarling canine with pointed ears, wide eyes and sharp, white teeth. This is the image that forms in early childhood, reinforced by stories and folklore. We all know Aesop’s cautionary fable, The Boy...
Portrait of a baby chimpanzee. Republic of the Congo. Reserve Conkouati-Douli. By Gudkov Andrey | Shutterstock.com

One of the Great Apes: chimpanzee life in numbers

The Great Apes and us We’re all guilty of anthropomorphism. It’s something Yago tapped into when he first came up with the idea for Zoo Portraits. But – more than with any other animal – when we look at apes,  we see ourselves. The likening of the great apes to humans...
Fruit bats. By Jeffrey Paul Wade / Shutterstock.com

Perception in the animal kingdom: three unique information systems

Having an accurate perception of the environment is vital in the day to day of any animal and fundamental to its survival. Usually, they can perceive and interpret their surroundings quite easily, through basic senses, like sight, hearing or smell. However, some animal groups have developed...
Two wolves fighting on snow. By David Dirga | Shutterstock.com

The social system of dominance in animals: hierarchy and submission

As we have already discussed in previous articles, there are many species of animals around the world that have decided to live in a collective, associative and participative way. That is, they have determined that the most effective means of survival is to live in a group. This...
A cute koala. By Yatra | Shutterstock.com

What are the longest sleeping mammals?

You've probably heard that adult humans should sleep an average of 8 hours a night to properly fulfil their (or "our") daily personal, professional and academic obligations. Getting enough rest is extremely important, as it brings a lot of physiological (and adaptive) benefits and advantages. But resting is not...
Two foxes fight in a snowy environment in Zao, in the North of Japan. Zao is the home to the only fox village in the world, which is a sanctuary for rescued foxes. They are tame enough to get close to. By CloudVisual | Unsplash

Biological interactions: male-male competition during the breeding season

Autumn is a time of change and opportunities, a season to face new challenges and experience new feelings and sensations. Autumn smells of rain, forests and wet soil. One can hear the whisper and the voice of the wind. And while the brown, ocher and yellow tones take over...
Aldabra giant tortoise. By Daniel Wilson | Shutterstock.com

Longevity: a look at the shortest and longest lives in the animal kingdom

Life, but not as we know it. For all the scientific advances that humankind has made, we’re still grappling with some of the fundamental questions about life. Not just the distant, existential questions, such as the origins or meaning of life, but more immediate questions about life on Earth. Are...
An adorable sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps) climb on the tree. By Arif Supriyadi | Shutterstock.com

8 fascinating animal facts about 8 different species

A spider that eats birds? An animal with five hands? An amphibious antelope? This week's article features eight animal facts related to their feeding habits, physical characteristics and where they live. The feathers of some sacred and exotic birds Quetzals (Pharomachrus) are a very...