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Your Shot Pictures: More Albino and Oddly White Animals

See an albino bat, wallaby, deer, and more in our roundup of photos submitted by National Geographic readers.

Lending a Helping Hand to Rescue African Penguin Chicks in South Africa

Guest Blog by Tim Binder, VP of Collection Planning at Shedd Aquarium As a nationally recognized leader in rescue and rehabilitation work, Shedd Aquarium has responded to animals in need for over two decades. Whether it’s providing around-the-clock care for Cayucos, one of our rescued sea otter pups, or serving as an active responder in times…

Antarctica’s Thanksgiving Bird

Thanksgiving in the USA, a time to talk turkey, but in Antarctica it’s the time to talk penguins which we do this weekend on my radio show National Geographic Weekend. We also talk about camping for five days while hanging off the side of a cliff on the frozen continent. Here’s some video of the…

November 24, 2013: Hanging From Antarctic Cliffs, Living With Wolves and More

This week, we live for days hanging from an Antarctic cliff in high winds, then we join a Mexican circus, live with wolves for six years, and crush six tons of ivory.

If the Shoe Fits: Animals That Wear Boots

From penguins sporting shoes to an elephant with a prosthetic foot, check out animals that strut their stuff in booties.

Tragedy on the Antarctic High Seas

Last week history was almost made. Delegates from two-dozen nations gathered to discuss the fate of the Southern Ocean. Several countries were proposing what would have become the world’s largest marine reserves to protect biodiversity at the bottom of the world. Years of science – in some cases spanning more than 150 years – were built…

Sheep Glow, Robots Feel, and More… Today’s Top 10 Headlines

On National Geographic’s radar today: Scientists create world’s first glow-in-the-dark sheep, a newly developed skin may allow robots to feel, and…

Get Out Your Tuxedo, it’s World Penguin Day

Today, April 25, is World Penguin Day, a time to marvel at these amazing flightless birds. In honor of the occasion, The Pew Charitable Trusts has produced a fun quiz that asks users to see what type of penguin personality they are most like. In the style of a Cosmo or Seventeen quiz, the tool…

Rare Video: Vampire Bats Feed on Baby Penguins

Bat experts weigh in on first ever footage of vampire bats feeding on baby penguins.

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #5

Explore the wilderness with us… Within the next 10-15 years we will see the last-remaining wilderness area on earth dominated by the demands of growing human populations and undermined by accelerated climate change. When the earth’s last wild places are gone, all we will have are fenced off protected areas dependent on constant intervention to persist…

Cool Math 101: Physicists Use Fluid Dynamics To Study Penguin Huddles

What do the members of the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics discuss during their annual meetings? Math, usually. Lots of math. But this week they’ll also be talking about something a little different: penguins.

Penguin Invasion: South African Town Is Fed-up with Stink and Braying of Endangered Birds

When the African penguin made a comeback to the South African mainland in the 1980s, most people were thrilled that the embattled bird was again breeding in places other than on a few rocky islets off the coast of Cape Town. Fences and viewing platforms were erected to protect the penguins from tourists flocking to…

Galapagos Expedition Journal: In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin

In 1835 Charles Darwin arrived on Floreana Island in the Galapagos, noting in his journal that it had long been frequented, first by buccaneers, latterly by whalers–and then political dissidents exiled from mainland South America. The giant tortoises Darwin saw on Floreana have since been extirpated from the island and the prisoners and pirates exist only in history. But the scenery he described remains much the same, and a tradition of leaving mail in a “post office barrel” for collection and delivery by passing ships has endured for two centuries.

Galapagos Expedition Journal: Arrival on the Enchanted Islands

Bewitched, enchanted, beguiling. Those are just some of the terms explorers across five centuries have used to describe the Galapagos, an unmatched archipelago of islands drifting in the vastness of the open ocean, in the middle of nowhere.

Penguin Photo Takes the Prize

There are some National Geographic photographers whose work never fails to dazzle even the most jaded eye. One of them is Paul Nicklen, just named 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year…