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See an albino bat, wallaby, deer, and more in our roundup of photos submitted by National Geographic readers.
Male rain forest frogs sing love songs that create water ripples—and attract bat predators, a new study says.
From “sword” fights to singing to sonar jamming, here are five of the more unusual ways animals employ their genitals.
A species of tiny bat seems to be using rolled-up leaves like trumpets to amplify its voice, a new study says.
National Geographic photographer Christian Ziegler shares pictures and thoughts about the marvelous diversity of Barro Colorado, a tropical island sanctuary in the middle of one of the world’s most famous and busy waterways. The award-winning photographer has updated “A Magic Web,” a large-format picture book about the island and its thousands of species.
Moths vibrate their genitals to jam bat sonar, making them invisible to the predators, a new study says.
National Geographic Weekend celebrates the new Age of Exploration by meeting some of the most celebrated explorers of our past. We chat with astronaut Buzz Aldrin about the future of space exploration, American Everest pioneer Jim Whittaker about the past and present of climbing on Everest.
Young Explorer Cara Brook is in Madagascar studying the impact of human land development on biodiversity and how it could potentially spread infectious diseases that are transmitted from animals to people…diseases like the bubonic plague.
Vampire bats can identify other bats by their voices—just like people, a new study says.
The greater wax moth evolved to hear better than any animal on Earth—all to avoid their nemesis, the bat, a new study says.
Cay Ogden, retired National Park Service wildlife biologist, discusses the bats that live in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, and why we should do all we can to help bats co-exist with us in urban areas. Ogden’s role in the BioBlitz was to organize two teams of scientists to confirm the seven species of bats…
When house flies get busy, they run the risk of becoming a bat’s dinner.
By Sean O’Connor Artificial lights flood the night sky, making the urban and suburban lives that so many of us live a little brighter, but not necessarily for the better. Light pollution also drowns out the sea of stars shining through our atmosphere. Who doesn’t love to look up at the night sky and…
Martin Wikelski uses tiny sensors and radio transmitters to trace the secret journeys of even the most elusive birds, bats, butterflies, and bees–some of them astonishingly small. Great Migrations continues tonight in the U.S. on the National Geographic Channel. By Ford Cochran The largest programming event in the ten-year history of the National Geographic Channel,…
As millions of people prepare for fun and a candy-overload this Halloween, bats will feature prominently in their plans for costumes and decor on Fright Night. But we should spare a thought for the flying, insectivorous mammals that play a critical role in the planet’s ecology. This Halloween is particularly scary for bat colonies in caves across North America. A deadly…