Animals: Wildlife

With the Internet, kids can get “up close and personal” with all sorts of animals.

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Alaska Science Center Multimedia

The Alaska Science Center, part of the USGS, has a wide variety of images, videos, animated maps and more available for free download. You'll find videos of polar bears swimming and images of the Canada goose and Semipalmated Sandpipers.  learn more

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Animals Sleeping

Learn what influences sleep cycles in animals.  learn more

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Animals: Facts, Pictures, and Videos

National Geographic Kids provides the excellent site with information on animals, great and small, from around the world.  learn more

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Bagheera: Endangered Species Classroom

During the early days of the Web wildlife sites seemed to hurl animals into the classroom because they appeared so "real". For instance, a student can look into the eye of the panther--Bagheera ala Kipling!  learn more

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Cheetahs for Kids

The Cheetah Conservation Fund is another site promoting conservation and providing facts on the fastest animal in the world.  learn more

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Exotoxicology - Educational Resources

Ecotoxicology is the study of how contaminants affect wildlife and their habitats. Chemicals of concern include both those purposefully released into the environment (for example, pesticides) and those that are inadvertently released (for example, mining waste or combustion exhaust).  Our research is helping to understand potential health hazards posed by chemicals used for pest and…  learn more

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For more wonder, rewild the world

Wolves were once native to the US' Yellowstone National Park -- until hunting wiped them out. But when, in 1995, the wolves began to come back (thanks to an aggressive management program), something interesting happened: the rest of the park began to find a new, more healthful balance. In a bold thought experiment, George Monbiot…  learn more

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Journey North

Journey North involves tracking the coming of spring around the world to help students gain a global systemic perspective.  learn more

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Koala

Information about particular animals, such as koalas, can be obtained at sites dedicated to the animal. More efficient than sifting thru online search engine results.  learn more

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Meerkats!

Will Burrard-Lucas went to Botswana, Africa to photograph meerkats (think Timon in The Lion King). Who knew they were not afraid of humans.  learn more

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National Wildlife Federation Lesson Plans

The National Wildlife Federation has over 1,000 lesson plans designed to introduce students to life science, ecology, wildlife biology, scientific identification and observation. All lesson plans are aligned to the National Science Education Standards. Topics include Habitat, Energy Conservation, Ecosystems, and Wildlife of all types.  learn more

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Photographing Meerkats

Will Burrard-Lucas talks about his travels to the Makgadikgadi Pans region of Botswana and go into detail on "some of the most charismatic (and cutest) creatures in Africa – meerkats". His web site features extraordinary images of all types of African wildlife and blog entries detailing his adventures.  learn more

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Sign Like Koko

Koko, a Lowland Gorilla born at the San Francisco Zoo, was an ambassador for gorillas all over the world. She spent her life at The Gorilla Foundation sanctuary in Woodside, California. Dr. Penny Patterson was her teacher and "mom" and lifelong friend. Penny taught Koko to speak through sign language and Koko inspired people around…  learn more

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The 40 Most Extreme Animals on the Planet

To cut it in the animal kingdom, you have to be tough—really tough. From withstanding brutal climates to fending off ferocious predators, surviving in the wild is no small feat. But a few cunning creatures have developed interesting traits and habits to stay in the game. Here are 40 of the most genetically gifted, physically freakish, and just all-around…  learn more

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Virtual Gorilla Modeling Project

The Virtual Gorilla Modeling Project (VGOR) was a collaborative summer workshop during which virtual observation of gorilla life is presented. It is modeled like a safari in which individual gorillas are tracked.  learn more