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Rats can change the way they use their whiskers depending on how well they know their surroundings, new research shows.
Policeman kills reptile after being 'attacked' at home.
Wild elephants are being held in horrific conditions in Myanmar as smugglers seek to resume a lucrative trade to Thailand, a report says.
Scientists at the Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia teach international groups to track wild animals - a skill they hope will help keep count of endangered species around the globe.
A rare bird of prey has been spotted hunting on the River Mersey, says a wildlife charity.
A baby rhino who was saved after his mother was killed by poachers is on the road to recovery, his rescuers have said.
Researchers say they have worked out the meaning of the gestures that wild chimpanzees use to communicate.
Budding bumblebee enthusiasts are being encouraged to take part in a research project designed to help save crucial species.
Plants have been grown inside a microscope to allow scientists to watch their roots developing in 3D.
Members of the public are being asked to send in their sightings of the UK's bizarre and beautiful woodland moths for Moth Night 2014.
Video shows a young sea eagle pushing the Springwatch eagle chick out of its nest in an attack never before caught on film in Scotland.
Scientists have worked out the unique anatomy that allows giraffes' long, spindly legs to support their weight.
An ancient creature halfway between a dinosaur and a bird had feathered "trousers" on its hindlimbs, a new fossil reveals.
Preserving the UK's vulnerable wildlife
African cichlid fish's memory of feeding areas can span up to twelve days, scientists show.
Many coral reefs in the Caribbean could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a report published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Naps may help dormice save energy and survive until it is time to hibernate, say scientists.
New tracking data shows that Chilean devil rays dive down nearly 2km below the ocean surface.
A lifeboat is launched to help a cow near Aberdeen Harbour.
A bat is recorded for the first time on the remote Scottish archipelago of St Kilda, says the National Trust for Scotland.