Animals

  • Bring on the conservation champions!

    Aquariums and zoos collect the data – now let’s do the science on endangered species.

    My passion has always been in conservation. Before my PhD I worked at The National Kiwi Hatchery in Rotorua. It’s the...

    Animals September 17, 2021
  • Video

    Is this frogpocalypse? The frogs are vanishing

    But we can be part of the solution – here is how we can save the frogs.

    Frogs have been vanishing in concerning numbers along the east coast of Australia since June, and we’re not yet sure ...

    Animals September 14, 2021
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    Moths vs bats, weird asteroids, and ancestors with a sweet tooth – catch up on the science you mi...

    Moths vs bats: moths use sound to thwart bat attacks Photograph of the Atlas moth (Attacus atlas). This large silk...

    Animals September 13, 2021
  • Our 5 favourite Ig Nobel Prize Winners

    Upside-down rhinos, nose-clearing sex and chewing gum forensics.

    Every year, the science humour magazine the Annals of Improbable Research awards the Ig Nobel Prizes – a riff on the ...

    Animals September 12, 2021
  • Butterflies feed on live young to steal chemicals for good sex

    The toxic seduction secrets of the milkweed butterfly – and a new word for stealing chemicals.

    Eat your young, load up on supplements, and woo the ladies – it’s all in a day’s work for male milkweed butterflies, ...

    Animals September 9, 2021
  • After 10,000 years of inbreeding, the kākāpō is hanging on

    Genetic study of the critically endangered kākāpō shows some hope for survival.

    The kākāpō (Strigops habroptila), the world’s heaviest and arguably dumbest parrot, doesn’t seem to suffer from a his...

    Animals September 9, 2021
  • How a leopard gets its spots

    Study identifies a specific gene that may influence the colour and pattern of animal fur.

    It’s been a more than 70-year mystery in the making, but now we may finally understand how the leopard got its spots ...

    Animals September 8, 2021
  • Animals are 'shapeshifting' because of climate change

    Animals around the planet are adapting to climate change in ways that are measurable, remarkable ...

    Some warm-blooded animals are “shapeshifting” in response to a warming climate, growing larger legs, beaks and ears a...

    Animals September 8, 2021
  • Lizard vs snake: Venom showdown

    Unravelling the secrets of defence against one of Australia’s deadly snakes.

    The humble blue-tongue lizard, an iconic Aussie species, is resistant to the venom of the deadly red-bellied black sn...

    Animals September 7, 2021
  • East coast frogs dying by the thousands

    Frogs are vanishing in numbers along the east coast, and we’re not entirely sure why – but locals...

    In early to mid-June, a few reports started coming into Dr Jodi Rowley, reptile and amphibian curator at the Australi...

    Animals September 3, 2021
  • Crashlanding geckos rely on their tails to get a grip

    High-speed cameras reveal the extraordinary dynamics of gecko flight – and landing.

    Crash landings are quite normal for geckos – it is their habit to launch themselves into leaps between trees to trave...

    Animals September 3, 2021
  • Wanted: Spotted skunks doing handstands

    Researchers call for skunk specimens with an arresting poster, and discover new species.

    These posters don’t show wanted criminals. They call for the capture of handstanding spotted skunks – and it’s all in...

    Animals September 1, 2021
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