These incredible pups catch poachers, sniff out invasive plants and diseases, and more, thanks to the work of wildlife biologist and conservation-dog expert Megan Parker.

Want to take pictures that will make people gasp? Photographer David Yarrow shares his advice on how to avoid the played-out and zoom in on the unexpected.

Chances are, you don’t know much about tapirs. Don’t feel bad; neither do scientists. TED Fellow and conservationist Patricia Medici shares photos of the lowland tapir and explains why these elusive creatures provide far more than just your day’s “awww, cute!” moment.

Your job: Be interesting. Researcher and author Laurel Braitman explains.

Biologist Carin Bondar shares videos and books about animals getting down and dirty.

Botswana’s Okavango Delta, home to the world’s largest elephant population, is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. TED Fellow Steve Boyes explains why this is a great thing.

Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg looks at nature in fine detail, often documenting what’s unseen to the human eye. Take a look at still images and video clips that show the natural world in all its glory.