Conroe native Heather West was snorkeling near the Florida Keys when she fought off a six-foot lemon shark.
Ila Loetscher took costumed turtles on late-night TV and founded a nonprofit that has rescued thousands of the creatures.
You need a (Sid Miller–type) hero.
Nacogdoches researcher Ashley Wahlberg, whose arachnid collection is nightmare fodder for many, says spiders help us more than they hurt us.
The newest species is named after the grad student pub Valhalla, on whose grounds it was found.
Tiffany Kersten saw 726 species in 48 states, setting a new record for the mind-boggling achievement birders call a Big Year.
This is a reunion we all can shellebrate.
Every year, dozens of Texans report sightings of this elusive cat. But scientists are increasingly skeptical that it’s here at all.
But many breeders say the new regulations go too far.
Need help saddling your 1,300-pound dromedary? The Southwest Camel Conference is the place to be.
A longtime San Antonio resident is thrilled—but puzzled—by the presence of monk parakeets in her hometown.
You’ll need the right kind of milkweed and plenty of patience.
The elusive, playful creature is even popping up in downtown Houston.
Why the fluffy-tailed rodents are making Texans nutty this year.
So is a little fish that swam along the San Marcos River.
Ben Lamm’s latest company, Colossal, hopes to reverse climate change by reintroducing the long-extinct creature to the Arctic. What could go wrong?
These humble creatures don’t have the star power of ocelots and whooping cranes, but they’re just as crucial to their ecosystems.
The sheriff blames his death on a big cat—but animal experts aren’t buying that theory.
From South Texas’s simple ocelot culverts to San Antonio’s pioneering land bridge, these passageways can reduce car accidents and help animals thrive.
Yes, it has fearsome pincers and shoots acid when threatened. But it’s essentially harmless!
As dog owners return to offices, pets are struggling with separation anxiety. We asked Texas dog trainers for their best advice.
Mimi Swartz remembers her days caring for her father, and the dogs who took care of them both.
A very wet spring has a San Antonio woman looking for some relief from an arthropod invasion.
Red Wolves Are on the Brink of Extinction, but a Texas Breeding Program May Help Them Make a Comeback
Fewer than twenty red wolves remain in the wild. At Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, biologists are trying to change that.
Adriene Mishler’s blue heeler, Benji, is one of the most famous canines in the country, but he hasn’t let it go to his sweet, soft little head.
Joe Exotic has a lot of competition. The big cat seen roaming a Houston neighborhood this week is just the latest.
The unrelated incidents both ended safely for the animals.
One of the rarest birds in North America is making a comeback.
In the ’90s, Texans lost their minds—and their shirts—investing in ostriches and emus. But some think the industry could take flight again.
His new book traces the evolution of caracaras—a strange and beautiful type of falcon.
Scientists at a Baylor College of Medicine lab in Houston are sequencing the genomes of the world’s animals, one strand at a time.
S. Kirk Walsh used her time with the animals and their caretakers for her new book, ‘The Elephant of Belfast.’
A turf war disturbs the peace in Port Aransas.
Last month’s winter storm decimated the state’s populations of the winged mammals, which may have lasting ecological effects.
Exotic species brought to Texas from Africa and Asia fared poorly in freezing temperatures.
Conservationists worked to bring the endangered animals to shore—but getting the turtles warm amid a blackout is the next challenge.
The birds have been waddling around the Copper Grove neighborhood for years, but now some residents are crying fowl.
Sprawling ranches. Rare animals. Rich folks with guns. Welcome to the state’s booming business of stalking wildlife from around the globe.
Plus: the pleasures of pickling, a feminist take on the Mexican Revolution, and a Georgetown jeweler.
The Best Thing in Texas: Hundreds of People Are Knitting Tiny Sweaters for a Hairless Possum in Lubbock
Are possums ugly? Not when they’re wearing tiny purple sweaters, they’re not!
Crested caracaras used to range no farther north than Texas’s southern tip, but now they’re expanding across the state—perhaps because of climate change and habitat loss.
A Texas Program Has Achieved Remarkable Success in Protecting Rare Sea Turtles. So Why Does the National Park Service Want to Defund It?
The world’s most endangered sea turtle has made an impressive comeback, attracting thousands of visitors to North Padre Island, but now advocates say it may be at risk again.
Rewarding and ignoring are the two key tenets of dog training. They’ve helped me get through this summer, too.
Contrary to what a viral video suggests, it’s unrelated to the pandemic.
Documentarian Ben Masters tracks some of the few Leopardus pardalis that are left in Texas.
As Texans flock to the hobby in record numbers, we convened a virtual staff roundtable to share tips.
Merlin Tuttle has spent his career dispelling myths about bats. Now he’s defending them once again.
In Houston, officials say people are coming into more and more contact with otters, owls, and other animals.
Tips from Texans who trap, kill, and study wild pigs.
Once widely hunted in Texas, the beloved game birds have been dwindling in number in recent decades. But a West Texas hunter and professor believes he’s found a way to save them.