Black squirrels have been seen more regularly in Michigan -- many residents have even mistaken them for rats with bushy tails. Despite their unique color, however, they are still gray squirrels. They seem to occur more often in northern climates, and a project looks at them in the U.K.
Heavy El Niño rains have spurred the growth of poisonous mushrooms in California, which are potentially dangerous for pets playing outside.
North Atlantic right whales were given some more elbow room in critical foraging and breeding habitats off the coast of New England, Florida and South California. These new designations were made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in hopes of further aiding the whales' recovery.
Researchers have developed a new way to successfully grow and reintroduce endangered ghost orchids to their native habitats. They hope their methods will help save these iconic flowers, which are often poached for their unusual beauty.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources researchers are making strides toward figuring out what is killing the state's moose. Preliminary reports suggest it is a combination of health issues and increased predation.
Ever heard of a Frogfish? Think it sounds like a made-up name? A bizarre-looking fish recently surfaced in New Zealand and is being examined by museum experts. At first glance, however, this species appears to have two legs, suggesting it may be a species of Frogfish.
Although rhino poaching decreased slightly in South Africa, experts say 2015 was a record breaker for illegal rhino kills across the entire continent.
An ancient rabbit ancestor thought to exist only in Europe was recently found in present-day Siberia. The dsicovery spotlights the evolution of the species as well as how landmasses were shifting 14 million years ago during the Miocene era.
A lost sloth recently found itself stranded in the middle of a busy road in Ecuador, unable to make it to the other side. Transport officials quickly came to the animal's rescue, and after being checked out by a veterinarian, the sloth has been returned to the wild.
A rare white giraffe named Omo was recently spotted in Tanzania's Tarangire National Park. Rather than being albino, Omo has dark eyes and a genetic condition that makes her pale and unable to produce pigment in skin Although she is alive and well in the park, researchers say her unique coloration may make her a target for poaching.
Pederson's cleaner shrimp bodies are almost completely transparent. However, when these tiny shrimp exercise, or give a few tail flips, their bodies turn opaque, revealing them to predators.
A recent study of carnivorous animals foiund that those with large brains (relative to their body size) are better at solving problems than smaller-bodied individuals. Of the 140 animals tested, bears were the most successful at retrieving their favorite snacks from inside a secured metal box.
Storks and other European birds have been cutting their annual migrations to Africa short by stopping to feed at nearby landfills. Researchers say consuming "junk food" is unhealthy, and when the birds alter their travel plans they disrupt ecosystems both at home and at their winter destinations.
Conservationists urged government officials to impose a year-long hunting ban on leopards in South Africa because the standing of the current population remains unknown.