The Best Biome

Indian Painted Grasshoppers mating on plant.

Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers As an important component of the ecosystem, grasshoppers may yet save the world… if they don’t destroy it first.  Time to Evolve Few people realize that grasshoppers have been around since the early Triassic, about 250 million years ago, and hopped right alongside the dinosaurs. All this time to evolve means the grasshopper is …

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Midwestern Oak Savanna

The U.S. hosts a globally imperiled ecosystem not many recognize: the Oak Savanna. Let’s restore this once ubiquitous, parklike grassland.

Coyotes

The cunning trickster, adaptable to all terrains, foods, and lifestyles. Loved and hated by many.

Pleistocene Park

The concept behind
Pleistocene Park
is deceptively simple: rewild the Pleistocene Siberian arctic, slow the effects of climate change in the arctic. All it takes to revive the 10,000-year-old Mammoth Steppe, restore permafrost, and seriously reduce carbon and methane emissions–according to scientists–is releasing long-gone megafauna and watching the ecosystem shift under their influence.

Toco Toucan

The Toco Toucan is iconic, but more important is the dynamic part they play in their complex, rich savannas.

a bird with long black neck and long legs and a white wing stands along an edge of grass

Riverine Grasslands

Assam’s tropical riverine grasslands are protected for the tigers, but their flagship is a turkey-sized bird: the Bengal Florican.

Light brown takhi horse looking into camera.

Takhi

The Mongolian method of conservation is amazing, and the takhi is the result.

small red plant with many arms coming off in a circle, and at the apex of each branch is a ball of hairs with drops of dew on the tip

Two Truths and a Lie

Test your random animal facts with us as we try to stump one another in this laid-back episode.

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