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Man vs. Beast

The life-changing moments when humans go eye to eye with more ferocious species.

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The Secret Society of Self-Stingers

Nothing worked to ease the pain of chronic illness — until I discovered venom therapy. Now I’ve stung myself thousands of times, and found people who became my closest friends.

The First and Final King of Bloodless Bullfighting

He pioneered a version of this ancient sport in which animals aren’t hurt, drawing legions of fans to a sleepy Texas border town. His last wish: someone to carry on his legacy.

Learning to Live with Lions

On the Kenyan savannah, a new model for community-based conservation takes root.

Meet the Jane Goodall of Bears

Dr. Lynn Rogers has spent years proving it’s safe to get up close and personal with wild black bears. Now he’s teaching others how to do it.

My Magical First Job Running Wild in an Indonesian Zoo

As a twelve-year-old trainee I hand-fed hippos, hugged orangutans and was bit by a baby tiger. Now, as an adult, I wonder if kids these days need a little more dangerous freedom.

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‘You’re So Pumped You Could Fight an Alligator’: The Promise and Pain of Pro Bull Riding

A Whaleship Full of Cannibals (Who Happen to Be My Family)

My parents love the tale of how our ancestors’ whaling ship capsized, turning the crew into cannibals. As an environmental reporter, there’s no story I dread hearing more.

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Saving the Snow Leopard, by Learning to Love It

That Time My Mom Married a Lion Killer

Our house became a hunting lodge, and that was just the beginning.