Photographer’s Mission to Change the Way You Think About Sharks

When National Geographic photographers go on assignment, it’s not just a job—it’s a mission. Covering stories that are as urgent as they are timeless, they travel to every corner of the globe to show us what we need to know now, and change how we think about the world. In this episode of Mission Critical, award-winning…

Ferreting Out an Unlikely Friendship

There’s no doubting that a multi-pet household comes with plenty of challenges, from vet bills and vacation time to just finding some peace and quiet in your home. But for as many cats and dogs living in harmony, the third most popular category of pets in the U.S. lays low and burrows under the radar.…

The Most Valuable Pearl in the World

The coveted pearl has been prevalent in human history since ancient Egypt and Rome, and has since remained a prized gem. Yet unlike its valuable counterparts such as gold, rubies, and diamonds, pearls are a precious jewel created by a living animal. Its formation is hypothesized, but the definitive process remains a mystery as the…

8 WILD Ways to Get Into the St. Patrick’s Day Spirit

Bring on the shamrocks and leprechauns, we’re feeling lucky and seeing green this St. Patrick’s Day. But what better way to do as the Irish do, than to celebrate the Emerald Isle’s wildlife? Meet some of Ireland’s most tough and tireless, cute and cuddly native creatures. 1. Irish Setter This canine is known for its friendly, playful,…

A Statement Regarding The “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan

Cesar Millan has dedicated his life to helping dogs and to showing how even the most difficult “problem dog” can be rescued and rehabilitated. In a recent episode of the Nat Geo WILD series Cesar 911, Cesar works with an aggressive French bulldog/terrier mix named Simon, who has a history of attacking other animals, including…

Channeling Your Inner Alpha Dog

Dogs are incredibly in sync with their human owners’ needs, emotions and habits—so much so that we think of them as family members—no different than humans. While we personify our furry friends, however, it doesn’t cross our minds that they could be thinking of us as dogs. Yet research suggests that dogs consider us members of…

Why Do Cats and Tigers Love Boxes So Much?

If the Internet-cats of the world have taught us anything, it’s domesticated cats’ affinity for boxes. Despite their fickleness as felines, cats will generally apply the,“If it fits, I sits” principle to any available container–be it suitcases, a warm computer, shopping bags or the occasional sink–but never abandon any housecat’s steadfast favorite, the humble cardboard…

5 Times Dogs Proved They Were More Than Pets

While humans view dogs as our friends, they view us as members of their pack. Ever since early history, dogs have solidified their special bond with humans and their place in our hearts as man’s best friend by protecting us and impressing us with demonstrations of loyalty, companionship and assistance. Here are some incredible examples of this human/canine alliance: When…

How Long Can Your Dog Be Left Alone?

As much as we love to imagine our dogs happy with their alone time when we leave for the day, we know that they would much rather be by their owner’s side. They consider their humans their pack, and all the whimpering, barking and chewing that bothers you and your neighbors from time to time…

Jerry Seinfeld’s Dog Has a “Hating-Jerry” Problem That Only Cesar Millan Can Fix

Canine expert Cesar Millan is back and facing more aggressive cases than ever on a new season of Cesar 911. Stakes are high as Cesar tackles everything from domesticating dogs with vicious histories to transforming comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s dachshund from adversary to ally. This season, there’s no shortage of combative pups who test Cesar’s patience,…