Mammals

Collared cougar in a tree.
This stealthy felid – which goes by several names, including mountain lion, puma and cougar – is among the most adaptable big cats in the world. 
Primatologist Kathelijne Koops explains why bonobos would rather chat over a garden fence than build one. 
Male orangutan
Discover something new about these endangered and enigmatic apes. 
African elephants
It is the biggest land mammal on Earth and eats 50 tonnes of food a year. Here’s all you need to know about this (usually) gentle giant.
These raccoons were filmed playing in a storm drain in Metzger, Oregon, US by Clean Water Services. 
Jamaican fruit bat flying at night
BBC Wildlife contributor Karen Emslie answers your wild question. 
Gray kangaroo
Baby kangaroos famously hunker in their mother's pouch while young - but how long till they hop free? 
Owl butterfly
New research confirms the theory that butterfly eyespots exploit a predator's fear of large eyes.
Migrating wildebeest, Serengeti
Here are some of the world’s most amazing migrations, from the best-known wildebeest in the Serengeti to the not so famous bearded pig in South East Asia – in 1983 the number migrating through the rainforests of Borneo was estimated at one million.
Deer
Bone vs keratin, branched vs unbranched, shed vs permanent... Ben Garrod explains what sets antlers apart from horns.
We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Cookies perform functions like recognising you each time you visit and delivering advertising messages that are relevant to you. Read more here