Animals & Nature

Close up of praying mantis walking on stone ground against a blurred background in Japan
6 Animals That Eat Their Mates After Sex

Mating is a dangerous game in the animal world. In many cases, the males may end up dead. 

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Big beaver gnawing on limb at river's edge
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Monogamy in the Wild: Animals that Mate for Life

Lifelong monogamous relationships are common among humans but far less so within the broader animal kingdom.

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Opium. Opium poppy. Papaver somniferum. Seed. Spice. Poppy seed. Pile of poppy seeds.
Can Eating Poppy Seeds Make You Fail a Drug Test?
Will you regret that poppy-seed muffin?
American black bears (Ursus americanus), mother with cub in forest.
Why Do Some Animals Hibernate?
And are they really sleeping?
Honey mushroom (Armillaria ostoyae) in a forest, Romania.
Do mushrooms really use language to talk to each other? A fungi expert investigates
New research suggests that mushrooms and other fungi have a very complicated electrical “language” all their own and that they might even use “words” to form “sentences” to communicate with their neighbours.
A pet macaw. Large colourful parrot native to tropical America. Bird, companionship, bird, beak, alert, squawk. For AFA new year resolution.
11 Popular—Or Just Plain Odd—Presidential Pets
The American First Family is more than just humans.
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) standing on rock, side view, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
The Fastest Animals on Earth
Now that’s fast!
Snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) with its Summer coat on the left side and its winter coat on the right.
7 Animals That Turn White in Winter
Furred and feathered phantoms of the snow.

Spotlight: Lions

These large, powerfully built cats are famous apex predators (meaning without a natural predator or enemy). The proverbial "king of the beasts," the lion has been one of the best-known wild animals since earliest times. They're unique among cats in that they live in a group, or pride. And the lionesses are the chief hunters.


Lion (panthera leo)
Deadliest Animals Quiz
Do you know which species of shark is most likely to attack a human? Or what animal has the strongest bite?
Sunflowers growing in a field
Name That Flower!
Can you tell the difference between a lilac and a hyacinth?
Red and yellow cherry tomatoes, some forming a question mark, against a light blue background. (organic, fruits, vegetables)
Fruit or Vegetable? A Quiz
How to be a smarty-pants in the produce aisle.
The cheetah is the fastest land animal over short distances. It has become an endangered species in Africa, and is almost extinct in Asia. Cheetah mother with young. Cheetah cubs
Moms of the Animal Kingdom Quiz
The mother of all animal quizzes.


Watch polar bear cubs leaving their den, emerging into the outside world for the first time
Watch polar bear cubs leaving their den, emerging into the outside world for the first time
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