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It's 'Birds Gone Wild' Out On Australia's Heron Island

Normally, the buff-breasted rail is a shy little creature. But on this island out on the Great Barrier Reef, it's become the avian equivalent of a weed. And the island is dotted with other pesky and sometimes (to visitors) menacing birds.
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National Zoo Opens Swanky New Home For Asian Elephants

The Smithsonian National Zoo spent $56 million over seven years to renovate their Elephant Trails exhibit, which opens to the public this Saturday.


Broadway Understudy Is Less Than 'Purrfect'

The Broadway show Breakfast at Tiffany's opened Wednesday in New York, but it was curtains for one understudy. The black-and-white feline apparently refused to follow stage directions.

Indonesian Zoo Breeds Rare Komodo Dragons

Seven baby Komodo dragons emerged from their shells at a zoo in Indonesia's East Java province.
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Pediatrician Treats Lemur's Chronic Allergies At National Zoo

A pediatrician, a veterinarian and a sneezing primate. It's no joke — it's an innovative medical partnership that involved the first ever endoscopy on a lemur.


And The Award For Best Picture Goes To....

More than 450 photographers submitted a shot to SciFri's Winter Nature Photo Contest, and thousands of fans helped choose a winner. Contest judge Clay Bolt discusses the winning entry, and what makes for a prize-winning shot. Plus, tips for budding nature photographers.

It's Called 'De-Extinction' — It's Like 'Jurassic Park,' Except It's Real

Science writer Carl Zimmer says we're not going to bring back dinosaurs. But we might be able to resurrect other extinct species.

Monarch Butterflies Population Falls To Record Low, Mexican Scientists Say

The orange-and-black butterflies that winter in massive numbers in central Mexico each year, have fallen precipitously since a census count began 20 years ago.