PHOTOS

Hundreds of new dams are currently planned for Central American rivers, posing a threat to Indigenous peoples and wildlife. Preserving the integrity of these corridors between mountains and sea will help them both.

photo essay | 03.27.19

Free-Flowing, For Now

photo essay | 08.27.19

Free-Flowing, For Now

One of the most attentive of all insect parents, this tiny treehopper fiercely defends her offspring until they're fully grown, using her thorn-shaped headdress as both shield and intimidation tool.

spotlight | 03.17.19

Mighty Mom

spotlight | 24.17.19

Mighty Mom

Africa's rarest carnivores face mounting threats from disease-carrying domestic dogs, but scientists hope a new vaccination campaign will give Ethiopian wolves a fighting chance at survival.

photo essay | 02.27.19

The Last Wolves

photo essay | 24.27.19

The Last Wolves

What looks like a flamboyant fashion accessory is actually this jelly's brilliant evolutionary strategy for attracting prey.

spotlight | 02.27.19

Allure of the Flower Hat

spotlight | 23.27.19

Allure of the Flower Hat

To understand how and why these highly social animals have evolved such complex systems of cooperation, scientists have resorted to a very simple strategy.

spotlight | 02.07.19

Herding Meerkats

spotlight | 08.07.19

Herding Meerkats

Australia’s corals may get all the headlines, but the country’s kelp-dominated temperate reefs are at least as important and imperiled. Now they're finally getting the restoration focus they deserve.

photo essay | 01.25.19

The Unsung Reef

photo essay | 26.25.19

The Unsung Reef

When an octopus known for its size and hunting prowess encounters a football-field-sized team of spider crabs, the outcome isn’t what you might expect.

spotlight | 01.25.19

Banquet on Legs

spotlight | 39.25.19

Banquet on Legs

This caterpillar combines next-level camouflage and shelter-building to disappear into one of the most vibrant and biodiverse ecosystems on the planet.

spotlight | 12.18.18

Mobile Home

spotlight | 58.18.18

Mobile Home

The lionfish that haunt one of the world’s most famous shipwrecks are now laying claim to new battlegrounds.

spotlight | 12.12.18

The Wreckers

spotlight | 38.12.18

The Wreckers

For these hunters, no right-sized target is off-limits—regardless of whether or not it has a backbone.

spotlight | 11.06.18

Spider House Rules

spotlight | 25.06.18

Spider House Rules

Climate change may have forced these Galápagos sea lions to turn to a new food source. Since they can't outswim their prey, they use wits and teamwork instead.

photo essay | 11.06.18

The Tuna Herders

photo essay | 24.06.18

The Tuna Herders

Finding—and defending—prime fruit-picking perches is no easy task in the rainforest, but toucans have a few tricks up their beaks.

spotlight | 10.23.18

The Better to Bite You With

spotlight | 19.23.18

The Better to Bite You With

Their prey may be tiny, but these Indian mackerel need both gaping mouths and an assist from their school-mates to successfully snag a meal.

spotlight | 10.09.18

Open Wide

spotlight | 36.09.18

Open Wide

Shockingly, being eaten alive by dozens of hungry wasp larvae may have its advantages.

spotlight | 09.11.18

It’s a Wasp-Eat-Caterpillar World

spotlight | 07.11.18

It’s a Wasp-Eat-Caterpillar World

Kangaroo Island’s iconic animals are orphaned all too often by speeding cars. But a dedicated group of volunteers is working to save as many survivors as possible.

spotlight | 08.28.18

Raising Joey

spotlight | 02.28.18

Raising Joey

While its partner is away at sea, this sooty albatross patiently holds down the nest and awaits its turn to forage—contributing to an equal partnership that will last a lifetime.

spotlight | 08.15.18

The Long Haul

spotlight | 53.15.18

The Long Haul

Grabbing ahold with both claws, a crab defends itself—and steers the course of another species’ evolution.

spotlight | 07.31.18

Double Fisted

spotlight | 37.31.18

Double Fisted

Some Tasmanian devils have taken a surprising turn in response to a devastating cancer, offering new hope for the endangered species' survival.

photo essay | 07.31.18

All Eyes on the Devil

photo essay | 36.31.18

All Eyes on the Devil

Before embarking on an icy fishing expedition in the Southern Ocean, king penguins pause to soak up the morning’s first light.

spotlight | 07.18.18

Facing the Day

spotlight | 03.18.18

Facing the Day

In a display that rivals even the most dazzling of firework shows, millions of squid gather off the coast of Japan each spring to perform a sparkling spawning ritual.

photo essay | 07.03.18

Flashes of Brilliance

photo essay | 10.03.18

Flashes of Brilliance

For American pikas, the rush to store enough food for winter is becoming more hazardous—and climate change isn’t the only culprit.

spotlight | 06.12.18

Dine and Dash

spotlight | 03.12.18

Dine and Dash

An "unholy" river in India may be the last, best hope for one of the world's largest and most imperiled crocodilians.

photo essay | 06.05.18

Basking on the Brink

photo essay | 30.05.18

Basking on the Brink

Cuba’s sustainable farming practices could provide a recipe for restoring struggling coral reefs around the world.

photo essay | 05.08.18

Farm to Reef

photo essay | 04.08.18

Farm to Reef

On the island of Nauru, a young noddy hunter practices a skill that’s been passed down for centuries—one that now requires more patience.

spotlight | 05.08.18

By the Skin of His Teeth

spotlight | 03.08.18

By the Skin of His Teeth

From the beautiful to the bizarre, this photographic showcase of life on Earth shines a light on some of our planet's most amazing species and places.

photo gallery | 05.01.18

The Big Picture 2018

photo gallery | 23.01.18

The Big Picture 2018

This might be your only chance to meet the best-named fish in the sea.

spotlight | 04.24.18

Mystic Minipizza

spotlight | 55.24.18

Mystic Minipizza

Sometimes the best way out of a sticky situation is up, up and away.

spotlight | 04.19.18

High Drama

spotlight | 49.19.18

High Drama

In California’s Mono Lake—whose alkaline waters are deadly to most insects—these diving flies don’t just survive; they thrive.

photo essay | 03.27.18

Scuba Flies

photo essay | 50.27.18

Scuba Flies

Aboard a reef dweller that acts as a living cruise ship, this tiny hitchhiker may receive much more than just a free ride from one patch of coral to another.

spotlight | 03.27.18

Pacific Piggyback

spotlight | 49.27.18

Pacific Piggyback

The world’s largest frogs are among the most coveted in the African bushmeat trade. Can grassroots efforts save the goliath frog from extinction?

spotlight | 03.08.18

Taking Down Goliath

spotlight | 11.08.18

Taking Down Goliath

In Iceland's Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, arctic foxes are thriving—and offering hope that the species will be able to adapt to a changing climate.

photo essay | 03.08.18

Kingdom of Foxes

photo essay | 10.08.18

Kingdom of Foxes

Specialized though it may be, Madagascar’s largest living lemur may need an extra hand to survive in a rapidly changing world.

spotlight | 02.28.18

A Helping Hand

spotlight | 53.28.18

A Helping Hand

With eight eyes, two hydraulic legs, and impressive cognitive abilities, this jumping spider has a leg up on even the feistiest prey.

spotlight | 02.20.18

Face Off

spotlight | 55.20.18

Face Off

They do almost everything else in slow motion, but Panama’s pygmy sloths are surprisingly proficient swimmers—and they find relative safety in the sea.

photo essay | 02.20.18

Keeping Pygmy Sloths Afloat

photo essay | 52.20.18

Keeping Pygmy Sloths Afloat

To woo a potential mate, a male humpback whale pulls out some surprisingly smooth—and tender—moves.

spotlight | 02.13.18

Head over Heels

spotlight | 05.13.18

Head over Heels

Risking it all, some orcas have taken their hunt onto the shore, and their strategy is catching on.

spotlight | 02.06.18

Beach Crashers

spotlight | 12.06.18

Beach Crashers

Western lowland gorillas dwell deep in the forests of the Congo Basin, but their days may be numbered if we can't bring them into the light.

photo essay | 01.23.18

The Forest Between Us

photo essay | 59.23.18

The Forest Between Us

Quiver trees thrive in arid conditions, but as climate change makes the Namib Desert hotter and drier, can these immobile icons find a way to beat the heat?

spotlight | 01.23.18

Quiver Kingdom

spotlight | 58.23.18

Quiver Kingdom

For these spectacular South American birds, the key to attracting a mate is finding—and fighting for—the right time and place to shine.

spotlight | 01.17.18

Golden Hour

spotlight | 45.17.18

Golden Hour

A simple lifeform, prevalent in freshwater pools the world over, could reveal the secret to ever-lasting life.

spotlight | 01.09.18

The Pond of Youth

spotlight | 31.09.18

The Pond of Youth

Female hares can deftly defend themselves when unwelcome suitors pay a visit, but when climate change comes calling, fighting back proves more difficult.

spotlight | 01.02.18

Boxing Day

spotlight | 18.02.18

Boxing Day

Something strange is happening off the northern coast of Norway—transforming natural enemies into unlikely partners.

spotlight | 12.19.17

Unexpected Dinner Guests

spotlight | 36.19.17

Unexpected Dinner Guests

This apex predator's widely set eyes give it much better binocular vision than most sharks—just one of several reasons why hammerheads are such successful hunters.

spotlight | 12.13.17

Hammerhead Gaze

spotlight | 56.13.17

Hammerhead Gaze

Just minutes from a major metropolis, Malaysia’s Penang Hill rainforest boasts some of the richest backyard biodiversity on the planet.

photo gallery | 12.05.17

The Rainforest Next Door

photo gallery | 30.05.17

The Rainforest Next Door

As New Zealand’s odd “owl parrot” climbs toward recovery, its ultimate survival hinges on a nationwide effort to eradicate millions of invasive predators.

photo essay | 11.14.17

Kakapo Comeback

photo essay | 14.14.17

Kakapo Comeback

We’ve feared and maligned them for centuries, but it’s the bats that really have something to be afraid of.

spotlight | 10.31.17

Bat Odds

spotlight | 03.31.17

Bat Odds

Tracking dogs and their Maasai handlers are helping to keep wildlife and people safe in northern Tanzania—and word is spreading.

photo essay | 10.24.17

Where the Dogs Lead

photo essay | 21.24.17

Where the Dogs Lead

The secret to this squid’s disguise lies in its relationship with a smaller, brighter species.

spotlight | 10.24.17

Hide and Glow Seek

spotlight | 12.24.17

Hide and Glow Seek

A newborn elephant's aunts, sisters, and cousins all lend a helping trunk to support the newest member of their clan.

spotlight | 10.19.17

Are You My Allomother?

spotlight | 40.19.17

Are You My Allomother?

What was once a popular vacation destination for Hollywood's elite has become a last stronghold for some of Africa's most beleaguered species.

photo essay | 10.19.17

Vultures of Eden

photo essay | 39.19.17

Vultures of Eden

Normally invisible to humans, fluorescent light shows like the one this fireworm puts on are helping medical researchers fight disease.

spotlight | 10.10.17

Fire on the Reef

spotlight | 40.10.17

Fire on the Reef

These clownfish host some uninvited, and undesirable, guests on the tips of their tongues.

spotlight | 10.03.17

Tongue-tied

spotlight | 22.03.17

Tongue-tied

Encroaching development is putting pronghorns at risk, but new conservation strategies are giving these record-setting runners a leg up.

photo essay | 10.03.17

Migration, Interrupted

photo essay | 21.03.17

Migration, Interrupted

To catch and swallow their prey, these eels use both an obvious set of tools and an even more remarkable secret weapon.

spotlight | 09.26.17

Last Grasp

spotlight | 56.26.17

Last Grasp

Portrait-worthy for more than just its beauty, this toxic frog may revolutionize our approach to pain management.

spotlight | 09.19.17

Framed Frog

spotlight | 09.19.17

Framed Frog

A remote island that harbored the world’s last mammoths is becoming a holdout for Arctic wildlife once again.

photo essay | 09.13.17

High Stakes in the High North

photo essay | 08.13.17

High Stakes in the High North

Even sea turtles’ taste buds change with age.

spotlight | 09.13.17

Turning Turtle

spotlight | 07.13.17

Turning Turtle

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