Sarah Zhang

Sarah Zhang

Sarah Zhang is a staff writer at The Atlantic.

A yellow snail enjoys a refreshing beverage during a heat wave in Bern, Switzerland.

Cities Are Turning Snails Yellow

Urban areas are heat islands. Could that be dictating the color of their gastropods?

Cats Are No Match for New York City’s Rats

Despite popular wisdom, rats are too big and too fierce for cats.

What It's Like to Evacuate a Museum in a Natural Disaster

One hour, dozens of artifacts, and looters—a drill at the Smithsonian teaches museums how to plan for the worst.

New York's Uptown Rats Are Genetically Distinct From Downtown Rats

A graduate student sequenced rats all over Manhattan, and discovered how the city affects their genetic diversity.

The Rescue Networks That Save Cats and Dogs From Hurricanes

“Today marks day 37 without a day off.”