Mother Nature Network on Tumblr MNN on Facebook MNN on Twitter
Mother Nature Network

31

Jul

Wild monkeys use researchers as ‘human shields’Samango monkeys in South Africa have figured out how to capitalize on their predators’ wariness of humans, raising doubts about our ability to observe the ‘natural’ behavior of such clever wildlife.

Wild monkeys use researchers as ‘human shields’
Samango monkeys in South Africa have figured out how to capitalize on their predators’ wariness of humans, raising doubts about our ability to observe the ‘natural’ behavior of such clever wildlife.

30

Jul

10 animals with the longest life spans
Elephants have a more powerful sense of smell than dogs and ratsElephants use their superior sniffers to forage for food, identify family members and determine the difference between tribes in Africa.

Elephants have a more powerful sense of smell than dogs and rats
Elephants use their superior sniffers to forage for food, identify family members and determine the difference between tribes in Africa.

Rescue dogs sniff out endangered speciesBy training shelter dogs to find the scat of threatened species, Conservation Canines is saving the lives of both dogs and wildlife.

Rescue dogs sniff out endangered species
By training shelter dogs to find the scat of threatened species, Conservation Canines is saving the lives of both dogs and wildlife.

Pangolins may be eaten to extinctionConservationists estimate that more than 1 million pangolins have been removed from their habitats over the last decade.

Pangolins may be eaten to extinction
Conservationists estimate that more than 1 million pangolins have been removed from their habitats over the last decade.

29

Jul

The Internet’s most famous cats team up to save tigersLil Bub, Princess Monster Truck, Nala Cat and Hamilton the Hipster Cat teamed up with Greenpeace on International Tiger Day to launch Cats Save Tigers, a social media campaign that promotes awareness about the plight of tigers. With only 3,000 tigers left in the wild, the campaign calls on cat owners to create their own cat memes and share them with the hashtag #CatsSaveTigers to spread the word about this endangered species.Watch the video and learn how to make your own tiger-saving cat meme.

The Internet’s most famous cats team up to save tigers
Lil Bub, Princess Monster Truck, Nala Cat and Hamilton the Hipster Cat teamed up with Greenpeace on International Tiger Day to launch Cats Save Tigers, a social media campaign that promotes awareness about the plight of tigers.
 
With only 3,000 tigers left in the wild, the campaign calls on cat owners to create their own cat memes and share them with the hashtag #CatsSaveTigers to spread the word about this endangered species.

Watch the video and learn how to make your own tiger-saving cat meme.

11 photos that prove tigers have a softer side
July 29 is International Tiger Day, a holiday that raises awareness of their endangered status and advocates a global system for conserving their natural habitats.
 
While tigers are known for their striking stripes, massive size, barbed tongues, razor sharp teeth and predatory instinct, it’s also important to recognize how cute and lovable they can be. Here are just a few photos demonstrating the gentle side of these beautiful creatures.

See all the photos.

28

Jul

Why do birds sunbathe?This unusual behavior, which varies by bird species, plays two important roles in protecting healthy feathers.

Why do birds sunbathe?
This unusual behavior, which varies by bird species, plays two important roles in protecting healthy feathers.

Songbirds dying from DDT in Michigan yardsThe birds are contaminated by pesticides in the soils, and residents in the town are asking if they’re at risk as well.

Songbirds dying from DDT in Michigan yards
The birds are contaminated by pesticides in the soils, and residents in the town are asking if they’re at risk as well.

Why owls have ‘flat’ facesOwls stand out from other raptors in many ways, from their night time hunting habits to their stealthy silent flight. But one of the most distinguishing physical characteristics is that their faces seem to be flatter than those of hawks, eagles and other raptors. This is somewhat of an optical illusion on our part. Here’s why.

Why owls have ‘flat’ faces
Owls stand out from other raptors in many ways, from their night time hunting habits to their stealthy silent flight. But one of the most distinguishing physical characteristics is that their faces seem to be flatter than those of hawks, eagles and other raptors. This is somewhat of an optical illusion on our part. Here’s why.