Animals

July 3, 2020

Adorable “Strawberry Finches” Plumage Turns as Bright as Berry to Find a Mate

Hopping across the grasslands and fields of tropical Asia, the strawberry finch is a delightfully small bird that takes on spectacular plumage during its breeding season. It’s also known as the red munia or red avadavat, and their original populations are spread across Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Pakistan. Now, they can also be found in parts of southeast Asia and several introduced populations flourish in the tropical climates of Hawaii, Fiji, and Malaysia.

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June 22, 2020

Tortoise Credited With Saving His Species Finally Goes Home to Retire

One tortoise who has dedicated his life to helping his species is finally getting a rest. Diego, a Galápagos tortoise that’s more than 100 years old, has spent over three-quarters of his life in captivity and, for much of that time, has been in a special breeding program. Diego, along with 14 other tortoises, is finally going into retirement and returning home now that the Galápagos National Park has ended its captive breeding program.

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June 17, 2020

These Stunning Antelopes in Africa Have Incredibly Symmetrical Spiral Horns

With their grand stature and symmetrical, spiral horns, the greater kudu cuts an impressive figure. Native to eastern and southern Africa, these woodland antelopes are herbivores that spend much of their time foraging for shoots and leaves. This beautiful animal can still be found in great numbers in the southern part of their territory, as they are protected in many countries and exist in large numbers on reserves like Kruger National Park.

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