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African elephant society remains disrupted by culling operations that took place decades ago, research reveals.
Snakes can control the blood flow in their eyelid-like spectacle scales, scientists find.
Young parrotfish rapidly expand their coral reef home range but only until they reach adulthood, scientists find
The BBC joins scientists in New Mexico who are fitting transmitters to golden eagles to help determine what is killing them in alarming numbers.
Which animals benefit from royal conservation efforts?
The burrows of giant armadillos in Brazil are used by a further 24 different species, remote cameras reveal.
We're becoming less connected with wildlife. So what are the easiest ways to get back to nature this autumn?
Scientists say there was a widespread extinction of bees 66 million years ago, at the same time as the event that killed off the dinosaurs.
Male and female flowers of the same plant advertise their different "rewards" by giving off different scents, scientists say.
The detection of gold in tree leaves helps to locate deposits buried in the earth, Australian scientists find, and it could also apply to other metals.
A giant oarfish has been found on a Californian beach - the second such discovery in less than a week.
A school is forced to close because of an outbreak of Britain's most venomous spider.
Experts have found the first venomous crustacean - a centipede-like creature that lives in underwater caves.
A dog virus is the latest threat to precarious populations of Siberian tiger.
Badgers with TB spread the infection more easily to other badgers and to cattle when social groups are disturbed, a new study confirms.
Three species of desert dung beetle move with a newly discovered "galloping gait", rather than walking like other insects, scientists say.
Two new kittens born at a zoo could have a future role in a project to breed Scottish wildcats in captivity for possible release into the wild.
Marmosets engage in what appears to be "polite conversation", taking it in turns to vocalise, according to researchers.
Despite being home to about 16,000 tree species, just 227 "hyperdominant" species account for half of Amazonia's total trees, a study suggests.
The number of badgers culled during a six-week scheme in Gloucestershire has fallen short of its target, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson tells MPs.