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Sea hares fool hungry predators with a sticky secretion that deactivates their sense of smell, scientists say.
How a lack of Arctic summer sea ice may put the future of polar bears at risk.
Commonly used pesticides are damaging the brains of honey bees and affecting their ability to learn, two studies suggest.
The first wild beaver in more than 400 years is trapped at a Perthshire nature reserve in order to perform health checks and a DNA test.
Author Sir Terry Pratchett revisits Borneo to consider the fate of his beloved, endangered orangutans.
As bears and humans increasingly cross paths, wildlife researchers in Colorado are tagging the beasts to track their unpredictable behaviour.
Falcons rapidly evolved their renowned hunting skills in an evolutionary race to survive, a study finds.
A nine-year-old girl from the Isle of Wight has a prehistoric flying beast whose fossilised bones she found named after her.
Giant squid around the world are "basically identical" despite looking very different, scientists say.
Isolated water voles in London are given miniature ladders to encourage them to venture further afield.
A group of scientists conducting a biological survey in the mountains of Papua New Guinea has discovered over 80 new exotic animals and plants
Pro-shark fishing nations narrowly fail to overturn landmark regulations on three endangered species at the Cites conference in Bangkok.
Hair-like structures inside the throats of filter-feeding whales tangle to trap food, according to a study.
Scientists reveal insights into a peculiar, phallus-shaped creature found in Canada.
The last session of the Cites conservation conference could see decisions on shark trade overturned, and sanctions on ivory trade watered down.
A basking shark tagging and tracking project is to be extended for another year.
A study of shorebirds helps shed light on why some species reverse the roles of the sexes, with males carrying out the parental duties.
Giant rhinoceros beetles' large and elaborate horns used for fighting have little effect on flight, a study has found.
Poison is emerging as the latest and most dangerous threat to the survival of the last remaining wild tigers in Thailand.
A study of Neanderthal skulls suggests that they became extinct because they had larger eyes than our species.