As the continent rapidly warms, unique communities of tiny animals like water bears are transforming in profound ways. Antarctica has a reputation as a wasteland where no trees grow, and where few large animals roam, save for penguins and seals. But step into the  Martian-like dry valleys and you’ll be treading […]

Dissections are a staple of high school science classes. But they may not benefit everyone. (Credit: PJ Garrett/Shutterstock) Each time Karina Frey picked up a scalpel to begin a dissection in her high school science classes, she felt sad. “I’m an animal lover,” she says, “so knowing animals were killed […]

Australian sea lions (Neophoca cinerea) are one of the rarest pinnipeds in the world and they are declining. Jarrod Hodgson, CC BY-ND Australian sea lions are in trouble. Their population has never recovered from the impact of the commercial sealing that occurred mainly in the 19th century. Currently, the Australian sea […]

Koalas on Australia’s Kangaroo Island have been hit hard by the bushfires On an island famed as Australia’s “Galapagos” for its unique and abundant wildlife, rescuers are racing to save rare animals in a bushfire-ravaged landscape. The charred forest floor on Kangaroo Island is littered with corpses of animalsincinerated by the […]