The Brookfield Zoo welcomed an adorable Angolan Colobus baby monkey just a few weeks ago, and this little one is seriously sweet. Baby Angolan monkeys are born completely white, turn gray, and then black, which is the color they'll remain through adulthood. This unique primate is native to the dense rain forests of central Africa and are thriving in zoos. Click through for pictures of the new addition and a few interesting facts about Angolan monkeys.
Polar bears are big, bumbling, and just adorable — and they sure love the snow. We can't get enough of these amazing wild animals, from Siku, the adorable polar bear cub, to the family of bears showcased in the new film To the Arctic. Following a family of polar bears through the challenges of living on the frozen tundra, the stunning movie opened in theaters March 26 and is available on Blu-ray 3D combo pack and digital download, too. Click through for a peek at this amazing adventure.
In northern France, a 3-year-old white tiger named Lisa gave birth to two sweet white tigers in October. Now that these little guys are 2 months old, they're discovering their home and getting a little rambunctious. White tigers are a relatively rare species and their protection is a necessity! Since it is Winter, after all, what better way to celebrate than with some cute photos of these beautiful white tigers and their proud mama? Prepare for some serious seasonal cute.
Now that it's officially the year of the snake, we thought it might be helpful to share some interesting facts about the serpent. Along with being phenomenal at slithering around, snakes come after dragons in the Chinese zodiac, replacing the symbol of good fortune and power with wisdom and mystery. Part of the 12-year cycle of animals that make up the zodiac, people born under the snake are thought to have good tempers and strong communication skills but may have jealous and suspicious tendencies. Click through for a collection of snake pictures paired with more information about our slithering friends.
Today might be Hug a Bear Day, but if there's one rule you can count on while camping or hiking, it's that bears don't take kindly to embraces. In fact, if you encounter an adorable grizzly, polar, or kodiak while out on the trail, you should avoid eye contact and walk slowly away so as not to provoke or startle them. And even if you encounter a huggable-looking baby bear, get away while you can because his protective (and much larger) mother is undoubtedly nearby. Bear cubs sure are cute, though, so we thought we'd celebrate this unusual holiday with a roundup of cuddly ursine photos. And if you get the urge to give one a squeeze, please grab the nearest pal or teddy bear instead!
Haven't visited Mother Nature in a while? There's no better time than now, as National Wildlife Refuge Week comes to a close this weekend on Oct. 20. Every day should be spent celebrating the beauty of our wildlife refuges, but no other week in the year is as jam-packed with wildlife events and activities. Here's everything you need to know about National Wildlife Refuge Week and how you can join in on the action and get wild.
- Since President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has been preserving habitats for more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 1,000 species of fish. In addition to providing protection for wildlife and plants, refuges also encourage and offer comprehensive, hands-on interactions with nature.
- Beyond preserving wildlife and providing recreational nature activities, refuges have far-reaching impacts that affect more than just wildlife. According to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe, "They also have an important role in human communities. By providing healthy habitats for wildlife, refuges improve water quality, relieve flooding, improve soil quality, and help trap greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change."
- There are 553 wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts across the US, spanning 150 million acres of protected habitats, and most of them are open to the public. There is at least one wildlife refuge in every state, so anyone in the country can take advantage of this annual celebration. To find a refuge, use this locator to see what's available in your state.
- National Wildlife Refuge Week events vary from refuge to refuge, offering something for every kind of nature-lover. For the active type, there are adventures like hikes, bike rides, and races that combine nature watching with a healthy dose of competition. For those who want to learn about their surroundings, refuges are offering a wide variety of educational programs like bird watching and wildlife photography. For more information, check out the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services' official calendar of events.
You may have seen the video of two sea otters holding hands that is now a cute-animal hall of famer, but you may be surprised to know that there is a pragmatic reason behind the hand-holding. Perhaps even more surprising, sea otters play a key role in the fight against global warming. And sure, they're considered to be one of the most playful animals of the sea, but did you know that they have an unexpected feisty side, too? They may be known for their stuffed-animal-like cuteness, but there is so much more to the sea otter that makes them one of the most fascinating, important, and resilient animals in the world. Here are seven reasons why these furry mammals are otterly lovable.
It's time once again to check in with the world's zoo nurseries for the freshest batch of adorable babies! From mini monkeys and petite possums to tiny tiger cats and dainty deer, Fall is bursting with all kinds of twee. So sit down, brace yourself, and start clicking through these 20 sets of big baby eyes!
It's quite rare for a hippo to be born in captivity, but this little one — born on Sep. 7 at Planète Sauvage in Port-Saint-Père, France — is a week old and going strong! Baby hippos are born under water and weigh 60 to 110 pounds at birth. This plump cutie was born to 21-year-old mom Kara, and from now on he'll spend approximately half his life in the water. Our best wishes to mama and calf!
Quick! That quintet of quail crossing the quay: what's it called? If you said "flock," you've got some learning to do! Today, we're taking you back to school to fish for answers in our quiz about obscure names for groups of animals. So while we could talk in terms of bands and herds, we're not letting you off so easy. From muster to murder, get started now!Take the Quiz