Believe it or not, there is no true species of 'black panther' stalking the dark jungles of the world. Often, they are unusual variants of cougars, jaguars, or even leopards. This certainly holds true for the Malaysian black panther - leopards with sleek black coats and, oddly enough, invisible black spots. Now researchers have determined how to make the unseen seen - a boon for conservation.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently ruled that the North American gray wolf will remain classified as an endangered species despite its speedy recovery across the continent. Strangely enough, many conservationists looking to compromise with angry farmers and state officials are saying that this is not the good news they were hoping to hear.
Mice exposed to cat urine at a young age will very likely fail to run off when they see cats later in life.
It's official: the rare and elusive "eastern puma" has been removed from the list of North American wildlife protected under the Endangered Species Act. Traditionally, this would imply a recent loss or success for conservationists, but not so with this top cat. In fact, officials have revealed that the cougar in question may have been extinct for decades.
In the past decade, many of the more exciting finds in paleontology have been taking place in the Far East - in areas like the Jehol region of northeast China, which has come to be known as the country's "Jurassic Park."
With flashbacks to Jaws in mind, it seems like an insane idea to leave the safety of a diving cage with a massive great white shark swimming just a few feet away. And yet that's exactly what one lucky diver did near Guadalupe Island in Mexico.
For most, jellyfish have always been those overly alien things that float in aquariums and across our television screens. Some are even mistaken for drifting plants, barely moving as the currents dictate where they head. However, researchers have now identified one group of jellies that actively lure and capture prey - a revelation that soundly disproves assumptions that these creatures lead a mindless existence.
In summertime, ladybugs, or ladybirds, are perhaps the most friendly-looking insects around, but be careful, because they are also toxic. And new research shows that the brightness of their color reveals the extent of their toxicity to predators.
The fossilized remains of a gigantic, 20-foot shark - the size of a two-story building and over 100 million years old - have been unearthed in Texas.
Parasitic "vampire" plants may get a bad rep from their name, but new research shows that they aren't so bad, after all, and that they could actually benefit the abundance and diversity of vegetation and animal life around them.
We all know that it's hard to keep up appearances when you're constantly on the go. That's why the fashion police will probably give some female warblers a free pass, even after researchers found that they boast drabber feather when their migration routes are particularly long.
If you've ever seen a massive sunfish in the ocean, it's hard not to think of these animals as lazy. That because the strangely shaped animals tend to just drift around in surface currents while they soak up the Sun - a behavior that earned them their common namesake. Now however, new research has found that while these 'lazy' fish aren't darting around, they are diving deep to ravage unsuspecting prey.
Picture this: it's a beautiful spring day and the graceful fluttering of a butterfly catches your eye. The delicate insect alights on a nearby flower and, for a moment, it's wings remain unfurled. Suddenly you're face-to-face with a hideous monster, complete with 18 eyes and a crooked, segmented nose. For some time, this is what most people thought the strange "eye spot" patterning on some butterflies' wings were for. Now, however, researchers are arguing that they have a far better use than simply frightening gullible humans.
To protect their cats... and the rest of Florida's delicate ecosystem, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is launching a hunt for Nile monitor lizards in Palm Beach County. According to biologists, these large invasive lizards should be coming out of hiding to breed very soon, making it the perfect time for locals and professionals alike to strike.