Marine sanctuaries, shark hoaxes & an epic elephant lost

This week in our roundup of nature news: Kenya’s biggest tusker killed by poachers, an update on the battle to save Africa’s oldest national park, a great white hoax and plans for the world’s largest marine sanctuary. All those stories and more wrapped up in just two minutes.

via Earth Touch.

Can You Guess The Animal? - Brazil Special

As there is so much attention on Brazil’s World Cup, we’ve focused on Brazil’s amazing wildlife. Can you guess what Brazilian animal featured in this video? Thanks to Bristol Zoo for letting us film at their facility.

via Earth Unplugged.

Meet the Paleontologists

Meet the paleontologists who helped create the Museum’s new exhibition, “Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs,” and learn about the latest cutting-edge technology that researchers are using to study pterosaurs, the flying reptiles that lived from about 220 and 66 million years ago.

Mark Norell, curator in the Museum’s Division of Paleontology, and Alexander Kellner, Associate Professor at the Museu Nacional in Brazil, have led expeditions to the most remote areas of the planet. And yet, discovering bones that have been buried for millions of years is just one aspect of their job.

Paleontology has traditionally combined a number of disciplines, including earth history, geology and biology. Many paleontologists today spend more hours in computer labs than they do in the field. Michael Habib, a neurobiology professor at the University of Southern California who consulted on the exhibition, applies principles of engineering and biology to understand how pterosaurs might have flown and behaved.

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs is on view from April 5, 2014, through January 4, 2015. Learn more about the exhibition at

via American Museum of Natural History.

Why Do Fish Come In So Many Colors?

If you’re a fan of sushi, or and ocean enthusiast, you have probably noticed that fish come in just about every color! Why is this? Tara and Trace list out all factors that give a fish it’s colorful appearance.

via DNews.

We Finally Know Why Chimpanzees Cooperate With Each Other!

Chimpanzees might seem primitive, but they actually share a lot in common with humans! Dr. Carin Bondar joins DNews to discuss how new research shows that chimpanzees willingly cooperate to complete tasks!

via DNews.

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Cute Bonobos

Bonobos are the only ape that doesn’t kill. And unlike any other ape, bonobos help each other out (a lot like humans do). Through the use of “bonobo TV,” researchers found that bonobos’ yawns are contagious (also like humans). But while they have humanlike traits, their biggest threat comes from humans.

Learn what bonobo research reveals about human kindness:

via National Geographic.

Feather Shape, Chemistry Keep Diving Birds Dry

Feathers have long been recognized as a classic example of efficient water-shedding— as in the well-known expression “like water off a duck’s back.” A combination of modeling and laboratory tests has now determined how both chemistry and the microstructure of feathers allow birds to stay dry even after emerging from amazingly deep dives.

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via Laboratory Equipment.

How to get rid of Wasps

Wasps are annoying and when they bite or sting you it hurts. So why deal with that situation at all? Let’s take care of it. Follow these instructions and rid yourself of these pesky pests for good… at least around your house…

via Household Hacker.

Kemosabe Teeth Trimming

via animalwondersmontana:

New video about Kemosabe getting his teeth trimmed. Also a few of the other animals that needed some checking up on: Ash the chinchilla, Pearl the Columbian black and white tegu, and Joy the blue and gold macaw.

In the wild prehensile-tailed porcupines would naturally file their teeth down using their top incisors against their bottom. All rodents do this since they have ever growing teeth. Kemosabe had a nasty infection in the root of his incisor when he came to us and we had to remove the entire tooth. Since he only has one top incisor the bottom incisors don’t align properly and become overgrown.

I’m happy that this is something that we can help him with. If this happened to a coendou in the wild they would die from the infection in the tooth. Other than his visits with the vet for his teeth, Kemo is happy and healthy. Oh, and he loves bananas.

What Were Ancient Sloths Like?

Sloths are adorable, and they’ve been around for thousands of years! What did ancient sloths look like? Tara breaks down some prehistoric sloths, and discusses why they’re so interesting!

via DNews.

8 Reasons To Love Sloths Even More

Sloths spend their entire life in the trees and only interact with other sloths once a year to mate. 35 million years ago sloths weighed 7 tons and were over 22 feet tall!

Check out for more hilarious and adorable sloth videos!

via Animalist.

Teaching Ancient Nautilus New Tricks

With its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods’ intellectual prowess.

via Science Friday.