PLACES

Explore some of our planet’s least known and most spectacular habitats—from rainforest canopies to deep ocean reefs—and see why they’re worth protecting.

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

As China prepares to unveil its brand-new national park system, the country—and the world—holds its breath to see how conservation will play out under this authoritarian regime.

article | 12.18.18

Green Glove, Iron Fist

article | 57.18.18

Green Glove, Iron Fist

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

When corals are stressed, they expel their colorful—and life-sustaining—algae. Dive into a coral polyp to see both how and why.

immersive | 05.23.18

Inside Coral Bleaching

immersive | 30.23.18

Inside Coral Bleaching

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

The future of the once-lawless, still-wild terrain of the Darién Gap will determine the fortune of Panama's national bird.

article | 04.19.18

Raptor at the end of the Road

article | 50.19.18

Raptor at the end of the Road

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 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

Scientists hope that dosing damaged corals with probiotics could fortify reefs against pollution, disease, and climate change.

article | 02.28.18

A Cure for Coral Reefs?

article | 55.28.18

A Cure for Coral Reefs?

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

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

The fences protecting the unique biodiversity of Maui’s Kīpahulu Reserve have helped to keep invasive species at bay, but climate change is now carrying new threats up its slopes.

article | 01.09.18

Paradise Under Pressure

article | 32.09.18

Paradise Under Pressure

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

To learn how life on Earth first began—and how it might evolve elsewhere in the Universe—scientists are probing rocks deep beneath the ocean's surface.

immersive | 11.21.17

Life on the Rocks

immersive | 59.21.17

Life on the Rocks

New Zealand has an ambitious plan to wipe out invasive predators. Can the island country pull it off in time to save its iconic native birds?

article | 11.14.17

Eradication Nation

article | 13.14.17

Eradication Nation

The Arctic Ocean is beginning to look and act more like the Atlantic. It's a shift that threatens to upend an entire food web built on frigid waters.

article | 10.31.17

Sea Change

article | 03.31.17

Sea Change

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

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

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

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

The U.S.-Mexico borderlands contain some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in either country. Trump’s wall would imperil all of it.

article | 09.06.17

Up Against the Wall

article | 59.06.17

Up Against the Wall

A new approach aims to help nature persist even as a city creeps outward.

article | 08.23.17

Connecting—and Protecting—the Dots

article | 47.23.17

Connecting—and Protecting—the Dots

Life can be fleeting in one of the world’s hottest and most tectonically active environments.

spotlight | 08.15.17

Salts of the Earth

spotlight | 42.15.17

Salts of the Earth

Living off the energy they extract from heavy metals, these bacteria create spectacular natural displays—and leave clean drinking water in their wake.

spotlight | 08.08.17

A Colorful Cleanup

spotlight | 38.08.17

A Colorful Cleanup

For some snakes, taking the path of least resistance requires getting off the ground.

spotlight | 08.01.17

Making Tracks

spotlight | 34.01.17

Making Tracks

A showcase of amazing creatures and gorgeous environments—some threatened, some thriving—from around the globe

photo gallery | 06.20.17

The Big Picture

photo gallery | 16.20.17

The Big Picture

This tiny songbird treks cross-hemisphere over deserts, oceans, and mountain ranges in one of the animal kingdom’s most impressive migrations.

spotlight | 05.31.17

World Traveler

spotlight | 22.31.17

World Traveler

While President Trump considers pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate, the Arctic is telling us what’s at stake for our planet.

article | 05.31.17

On Thin Ice

article | 21.31.17

On Thin Ice

The world’s largest aquatic frog may soon vanish from its namesake home high in the Andes.

spotlight | 05.16.17

Troubled Waters

spotlight | 38.16.17

Troubled Waters

Living at the extreme edge of its range, an alpine frog begins its breeding season with a march across a rather forbidding landscape.

spotlight | 04.04.17

The Ice Frog Cometh

spotlight | 57.04.17

The Ice Frog Cometh

Coastal dunes set the stage for a surprisingly valuable partnership between a fungus and a tree.

video | 04.04.17

Invisible Nature: Star of the Dunes

video | 56.04.17

Invisible Nature: Star of the Dunes

In the Golden State, dangerous drug cartels are growing pot on public lands—putting wildlife, water supplies, and outdoor enthusiasts at grave risk.

article | 03.28.17

Backcountry Drug War

article | 11.28.17

Backcountry Drug War

Lancing their granite backdrop with a streak of pink, Chilean flamingos soar over Torres del Paine National Park.

spotlight | 03.28.17

High Fliers

spotlight | 10.28.17

High Fliers

Even a night sky of pirouetting stars can’t upstage the otherworldly beauty of a red-gilled nudibranch.

spotlight | 01.24.17

Star Attraction

spotlight | 55.24.17

Star Attraction

Ecuador's Yasuní National Park may be the world's richest rainforest. What will become of it now that oil extraction has begun?

photo essay | 01.10.17

Breaking Precious Ground

photo essay | 16.10.17

Breaking Precious Ground

What began as the seasonal arrival of just a few dozen cranes has become one of India’s most renowned wildlife spectacles.

spotlight | 12.27.16

Bird’s-eye View

spotlight | 41.27.16

Bird’s-eye View

It took decades to hammer out a landmark conservation deal to save Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest. Now the real work begins.

article | 12.06.16

How to Save a Rainforest

article | 45.06.16

How to Save a Rainforest

As the trees at the heart of America’s western wilderness are dying, ecologists are trying to grow their way out of the problem.

article | 11.15.16

The Seed Savers

article | 17.15.16

The Seed Savers

Weary, bloodstained, and ultimately victorious, one bird symbolizes the plight, fight, and recovery of our nation’s most iconic species.

spotlight | 11.08.16

Blood, White, and Blue

spotlight | 40.08.16

Blood, White, and Blue

From transparent bodies and glowing appendages to motion-sensing cells, these denizens of the deep are highly adapted for life in a world without light.

photo gallery | 11.01.16

Aliens of the Deep

photo gallery | 54.01.16

Aliens of the Deep

Unlocking the ecological secrets of one of the planet’s most important salmon fisheries—and the specter of industrial development that threatens its very existence

article | 09.20.16

The Nursery

article | 32.20.16

The Nursery

Spellbound by an idea, a writer sets out to find the mythical cloud forest—and shines a bright light on an endangered ecosystem.

article | 09.13.16

A Forest Hidden by Fog

article | 16.13.16

A Forest Hidden by Fog

Solving an entomological mystery in the Canadian Rockies

article | 09.06.16

Bugs on Ice

article | 27.06.16

Bugs on Ice

Orangutans weather the storm against an onslaught of threats to their canopy home.

spotlight | 08.09.16

A Life Aloft

spotlight | 14.09.16

A Life Aloft

Both native and invasive—protected and reviled—western junipers are a living contradiction.

article | 08.09.16

The Tree that Ate the West

article | 13.09.16

The Tree that Ate the West

Hundreds of thousands of bats emerge from a hole in the ground, and scientists with high-speed video cameras are there to make sense of the overwhelming spectacle.

video | 08.02.16

Lens of Time: Bat Ballet

video | 15.02.16

Lens of Time: Bat Ballet

A lemon shark cruises through the submerged branches of a mangrove forest, oblivious to the many threats this critical habitat faces.

spotlight | 08.02.16

Shark Haven

spotlight | 14.02.16

Shark Haven

It's no accident that the opportunistic wild boar has become one of the most widely distributed mammals on the planet.

spotlight | 07.12.16

Foraging by Starlight

spotlight | 41.12.16

Foraging by Starlight

A photographer slips into the ocean to swim among hundreds of sperm whales, and witnesses a rarely seen social spectacle.

photo essay | 07.12.16

A Gathering of Giants

photo essay | 41.12.16

A Gathering of Giants

Once driven to near extinction by trophy hunting, the black rhino’s slow recovery is now encountering a new threat.

spotlight | 07.05.16

Arid Apparition

spotlight | 41.05.16

Arid Apparition

The fate of the Southeast's longleaf pine forests, and the endangered woodpeckers that depend on them, may rest in the hands of the U.S. military.

article | 06.28.16

The Birds and the Bombs

article | 12.28.16

The Birds and the Bombs

Corals occupy their own time dimension, but if given enough time, they reveal a surprising array of behaviors that give them an edge deep below the ocean's surface.

video | 06.28.16

Lens of Time: Corals in Motion

video | 10.28.16

Lens of Time: Corals in Motion

In the harsh, hot soda lakes of East Africa, flamingos thrive, and now scientists are beginning to understand how these birds live where other species die.

photo essay | 06.21.16

March of the Flamingos

photo essay | 28.21.16

March of the Flamingos

A team of herpetologists treks into one of South America’s most pristine and poorly understood mountain ranges and discovers animals found nowhere else on Earth.

immersive | 06.14.16

By Foot into Peru’s Lost World

immersive | 18.14.16

By Foot into Peru’s Lost World

These beautiful invasives most likely escaped from pet owners, but now they’re firmly established across the English countryside.

spotlight | 06.07.16

Feral Spirits

spotlight | 29.07.16

Feral Spirits

As if in defiance to the many threats they face, sage-grouse perform one the West's most impressive mating rituals.

spotlight | 05.31.16

Wyoming’s Bird of Paradise

spotlight | 01.31.16

Wyoming’s Bird of Paradise

A rash of unusual seal deaths perplexes scientists along the North Atlantic, and challenges our desire to find tidy explanations in nature.

article | 05.24.16

Mystery of the Corkscrew Seals

article | 45.24.16

Mystery of the Corkscrew Seals

Back from the brink, Eurasian beavers are once again an integral part of the river ecosystem in France's Loire Valley.

spotlight | 05.24.16

Mealtime Swim

spotlight | 44.24.16

Mealtime Swim

An eider duck seeks shelter and sustenance in the the icy waters along the central Norwegian coast.

spotlight | 05.17.16

Ducking and Diving

spotlight | 25.17.16

Ducking and Diving

Recently rediscovered—or discovered for the first time—these survivors offer hope for future conservation efforts.

photo gallery | 05.17.16

In Search of Lost Frogs

photo gallery | 24.17.16

In Search of Lost Frogs

To protect rhinos from poachers, conservation workers have taken to the air to move these massive animals quickly and efficiently to safer ground.

spotlight | 05.10.16

Rhino Relocation

spotlight | 42.10.16

Rhino Relocation

Once threatened by over-hunting, yacare caimans now number in the millions across Brazil’s Pantanal region.

spotlight | 05.03.16

Night of the Caiman

spotlight | 32.03.16

Night of the Caiman

Meet Lake Baikal’s most famous resident, the world’s only freshwater-specific seal.

spotlight | 04.26.16

Ice Seal

spotlight | 43.26.16

Ice Seal

Once hunted to near-extinction, Europe’s great egrets find refuge along Hungary's Danube.

photo essay | 04.26.16

Great Egrets Take Flight

photo essay | 34.26.16

Great Egrets Take Flight

Burmese pythons are slowly, inexorably eating their way through Florida’s small birds and mammals. Is hunting them the answer?

article | 04.26.16

The Problem with Pythons

article | 33.26.16

The Problem with Pythons

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