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Habitats can be anything and animals are notoriously anywhere – even in our clean-swept streets and well-kept suburban lawns. These articles explore the more amazing, strange, rare, exotic and endangered species of the world as well as the places they live, from far-flung forests to right down the road.

Save Bees in Your Backyard with These Open-Source Hives

Fight Colony Collapse Disorder in your own backyard by supporting this cool research project, which offers downloadable plans for high-tech beehives.

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Glow in the Dark Antlers Protect Reindeer from Crashes

Here's a strange way to try to prevent unnecessary animal deaths: reflective antler spray for reindeers, to help reduce nighttime car crashes.

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Life Finds A Way: Fukushima's Feral Pets & Livestock

Pets, livestock and other animals abandoned near Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant three years ago seem to be thriving today, but do appearances deceive?

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Chairmen Meow: Stray Cats Of Beijing's Forbidden City

Though much has changed in China, stray and semi-feral cats continue to live comfortably within the restricted confines of Beijing's Forbidden City.

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Animalia: Amazing Animal Portraits Burst with Character

Ornamental breeds of chickens and jewel-toned Singaporean fish show off for the camera in this gorgeous photo series by Ernest Goh.

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Hi High Blackbirds: The World's 7 Most Amazing Crows

Who ya gonna caw? These 7 amazing birds of the genus Corvus boast astonishing adaptability, distinct voices and impressive intelligence to boot!

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Bird Ballet: Plastic Bags Mimic Moving Murmurations

These incredible images capture the ballet-like movements of flocks of birds in the sky - yet they're made of plastic bags.

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Neon Animals: 180 New Species of Fluorescent Fish

Researchers 'accidentally' discovered 180 new species of neon bioluminescent fish when studying coral that glows in the dark.

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Pink Preying Mantis Looks Exactly Like an Orchid Flower

This master of disguise is a preying mantis that has evolved to look just like a bright pink orchid so it can draw in its unsuspecting prey.

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Artistic Anatomy: Dye Reveals Inner Beauty of Marine Life

A professor in Seattle uses special dyes to make the skeletal structures and tissues of marine life stand out for this series of beautiful photographs.

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Perm Whales: 7 Amazing Unexpected Curly-Haired Animals

While we're still on the hunt for shaggy cetaceans, other amazing curl-sporting creatures like pigs, rats and even birds shouldn't be brushed off so easily.

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Antler Management: 7 Amazing Reindeer Subspecies

From pulling Santa's sleigh to providing sustenance to a host of tundra-dwelling humans and animals, these 7 reindeer subspecies need to be seen and herd.

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Backyard Barnyard: 9 Nifty Urban Chicken Coops

Home, home on the range... free range, that is! If you're looking to raise chickens in an urban setting, these 9 nifty urban chicken coops are your best bets!

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11 Lazarus Species We Thought Were Extinct

Bring 'em back alive! That's exactly what some zoologists are doing when they re-discover living populations of species previously thought to be extinct.

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Animal Mascots Of The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Animals dominated the final selections for the official mascots of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. See if you can “spot” the gold medal winner!

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