African white-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) serve an important function in their sub-Saharan ecosystem. However, these once plentiful scavengers are now critically endangered.
The beautiful fur of the African leopard (Panthera pardus pardus) is a source of protection−and vulnerability.
Habitat loss is a leading threat to animal species. The African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is particularly susceptible to this problem.
Learn more about the flamingo’s unique adaptations and why its wetland habitats are under threat.
A deadly fungus is spreading through amphibian communities around the world.
Amur hedgehogs (Erinaceus amurensis) are found in some parts of eastern Asia. They have sharp, strong quills that they use for defense.
Peromyscus polionotus phasma is a native of Florida, where it burrows in sand dunes along the barrier island ecosystems of the Atlantic coast, competing with humans eager for development.
Antillean manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus) are closely related to the manatees found along the coast of Florida. Populations of these marine mammals are considered endangered.
Unknowns abound for a common bat in the southwestern United States.
Small but abundant, the Atlantic stingray (Hypanus sabinus) thrives in a wide range of habitats, including freshwater.
The Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii) is the national animal of Belize, but habitat loss threatens the future of the species.
Conservation efforts saved the majestic bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) from extinction.
Photo Ark: Bloodworm
Learn more about the Texas indigo, one of North America’s largest snakes.
Photo Ark: Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater
The green spotted pufferfish (Tetraodon fluviatilis) is toxic, has an impressive natural defense mechanism, and may teach us something about ourselves.
Animals adapted to island life struggle to survive.
It’s armored and can roll into a ball, but can it stand up to habitat destruction?
The Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is an Australian marsupial facing a serious threat to its survival as a species from a transmissible cancer.
The Texas redheaded centipede (Scolopendra heros) looks like a frightening predator, but it’s also a source of prey in nature’s food web.
The two-horned beetle (Dicheros bicornis) is a species of scarab beetle.
Mexico’s tiny volcano rabbit (Romerolagus diazi) faces many challenges, including competition for the grasses it depends on for survival−but there are signs of hope for this endangered animal.
These West African great apes need careful planning and multinational coordination to preserve their habitat and wild populations.
This African species is suffering from an increase in illegal trade from Africa into Asia, where its scales are used in traditional medicine.
A large and social North American rodent knows the benefits of playtime.
A common tropical oriole leaves many questions unanswered.