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 […]

As the climate changes, myriad animal populations are being impacted. In particular, Arctic sea-ice is in decline, causing polar bears in the Barents Sea region to alter their feeding and hunting habits. Bears that follow sea-ice to offshore areas have higher pollutant levels than those staying on land — but […]

The newly discovered Kupoupou stilwelli would have once swam in the waters around Chatham Island near New Zealand. Illustration by Jacob Blokland, Author provided A new species of extinct penguin has been discovered. It’s helping us bridge the gap between modern penguins and their counterparts from the Paleocene epoch – the 10-million-year period following […]

When the Inuit came to North America, their dogs came with them. Those dogs’ descendants are still in the Arctic today. (Credit: Markus Trienke via Flickr) (Inside Science) — Huskies, malamutes and Greenland sled dogs are fluffy, hard-charging workers. They also share a lineage that can be traced back about […]