As more animals crowd social media the pressure for them to stand out is intensifying, but a growing number of vets and animal welfare groups argue this trend is promoting the adoration of inbred and deformed animals with health problems.
Scientists sequence the genome of world-famous giant tortoise Lonesome George, revealing information about the longevity and size of giant tortoises, and their ability to fight cancer.
A mysterious giant species of rhinoceros — named the Siberian unicorn due to its enormous single horn —survived in Russia until 36,000 years ago. Yet many of the species it shared a habitat with still survive today. Here's why.
If you're travelling to Asia, you're probably mindful of the risks of malaria, dengue, or Zika. But authorities are warning Australians to take care to avoid another mosquito-borne disease.
The ABC's Malcolm Sutton takes us on a fictional tour through the Adelaide Zoo's dark and turbulent past, a sometimes sickening account of violence and tragedy and a snapshot of redundant practices etched into its history.
East-coast Australians may face an exceptionally hot and dry summer, but does this mean there'll be fewer mosquitoes buzzing about? It's complicated, writes Cameron Webb.