Half of migratory animal species are in decline – many face extinction

The wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) is classed as vulnerable to extinction imageBROKER.com GmbH & Co. KG /Alamy Hundreds of migratory species – from humpback whales to wandering albatrosses – are under threat because of human activity, according to the first United Nations report on the animals. The State of the World’s Migratory Species report, released … Read more

Diving with manatees in Mexico’s unexplored caves

IN A flooded cave system in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, on the Yucatán peninsula, a manatee mother (pictured above) swims up to cave diver Klaus Thymann, who captured stunning images of these endangered mammals living in a unique, under-explored habitat. “Of course, I think she’s looking at me,” says Thymann. “But the reality … Read more

California frog reintroduction is rare victory against fungal pandemic

Mountain yellow-legged frogs in Yosemite National Park, California Roland Knapp Wild populations of frogs appear to have evolved resistance to a lethal skin-eating fungal pathogen. Now, researchers report that moving some of these resistant frogs to habitats where the fungus has killed all the others is an effective way to restore their populations. The fungus … Read more

Inside the milk bank creating infant formula for orphaned animals

Sherman the screaming hairy armadillo pup being fed a custom infant formula Roshan Patel/Smithsonian’s National Zoo/Conservation Biology Institute Orca milk smells dizzyingly fishy. Seal milk has a rich orange hue. Reindeer milk, perhaps fittingly, is as thick as eggnog. Not that I am tempted to try it, or any of the other unusual milks I … Read more