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Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
"A completely revised and updated version of the original work published in Germany in 1960, this edition incorporates recent developments in the animal world as noted by prominent advisors and contributors from the scientific community."


General Information & Zoology
All About Birds
Find out how to start the hobby of birdwatching. Includes scientific information on bird species with maps and pictures, as well as what conservation steps are being taken. From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Animal Bytes
"Each byte is a one-page fact sheet specifically designed to help you quickly find information about some of the interesting creatures found in the animal kingdom. Most species files include coverage regarding scientific classification, basic physical traits, fun facts, and conservation/ecological value. Where available, links to more in-depth species coverage via our online infobooks are provided." From Sea World Parks and Entertainment.
Animal Diversity Web
Sponsored by the University of Michighan Museum of Zoolology. A highly informative classification of the animal kingdom. Includes a good search engine with an extensive updated links collection.
Biology Browser
"Within this Guide links are provided to useful internet resources for each major animal group." From Thomson Reuters.
British Library Sound Archive
Select animal sounds by animal group. Each one is listed alphabetically by common name.
Card Wildlife Education Center Animal Index
"This portion of our site allows you to learn about the animals that can be found in the Card Wildlife Education Center. Each animal in our museum can be found in the animal index. Each page contains pictures of the animal as well as pertinent information pertaining to the various animals. " Organized into Carnivores, Herbivores and Omnivores. Includes interactive animal pages and PDF pages for each animal at the Center.
eNature
Reliable information on over 5,500 plants and wild animals. Includes an online version of the Sibley Guide to Birds as well as information from Audubon field guides.
Encyclopedia of Life
"The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is an ambitious, even audacious project to organize and make available via the Internet virtually all information about life present on Earth. At its heart lies a series of Web sitesone for each of the approximately 1.8 million known speciesthat provide the entry points to this vast array of knowledge. The entry-point for each site is a species page suitable for the general public, but with several linked pages aimed at more specialized users. The sites sparkle with text and images that are enticing to everyone, as well as providing deep links to specific data."
Gallery of Animal Sounds
From Ferris State University.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System
You will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world. Search by common name or scientific.
ML: Macaulay Library
"The Macaulay Library is the world's largest and oldest scientific archive of biodiversity audio and video recordings. Our mission is to collect and preserve recordings of each species' behavior and natural history, to facilitate the ability of others to collect and preserve such recordings, and to actively promote the use of these recordings for diverse purposes spanning scientific research, education, conservation, and the arts."
New York's Watchable Wildlife
"Whether it's the spectacle of a soaring eagle or a glimpse of a river otter, here you'll find what you need to plan a great wildlife viewing experience in New York State. DEC's wildlife experts help you learn where to find wildlife, what sounds to listen for, or when to look for your favorite animal." Free newsletter available via e-mail. Provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Nomenclatural Glossary for Zoology
Covers terminology commonly encountered within publications dealing with the systematics and nomenclature of animals. Terms used for scientifically naming animals. From Thomson Reuters.
Sites with Bird Songs
A list of websites arranged geographically that have the songs of birds and some other animals.
Smithsonian Wild
"Welcome to Smithsonian WILD! This site is designed to showcase some of the exciting research conducted by the Smithsonian Institution and its collaborators around the world, and to highlight the incredible diversity of wildlife that exists in a range of habitats across the globe." Includes an A-to-Z index of animals as well as a gallery. Requires the Adobe Flash plugin. From the Smithsonian Institution.
Sound and Picture Gallery
Sounds recorded in our National Parks. Includes: Birds, Insects, Mammals, Reptiles, Fish, Geological and Hydrological and Meteorological, Cultural and Historical, and Human Caused. You may have to download a plug-in. From the National Park Service. Requires the Apple QuickTime plugin.
University of Colorado Garst Photographic Collection
This site contains over 1300 digitized wildlife slides by Warren and Genevieve Garst who photographed them over 25 years for the television series Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. Each photograph includes the common name, scientific classification, physical characteristics, the habitat, diet and more.
Wildlife
Explore by type of animal, behaviors, or habitats. From the BBC.
Wildlife Library
Topics include Amphibians, Reptiles and Fish; Birds; Invertebrates; Mammals; Plants; and Wild Places. From the National Wildlife Federation.


Animal Organizations
- Welfare and Protection

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
"The ASPCA was founded in 1866 as the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. The Society was formed to alleviate the injustices animals faced then, and we continue to battle cruelty today."
Protecting Species
Information about specific species that the World Wildlife Fund is highlighting "whose protection influences and supports the survival of other species or offers the opportunity to protect whole landscapes or marine areas." From the World Wildlife Fund.
The Humane Society of the United States
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
USDA Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC)
"The Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) is mandated by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to provide information for improved animal care and use in research, testing, teaching, and exhibition." From the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)


Prehistoric Animals & Extinct Lifeforms
- Dinosaurs and Fossils
The Dino Directory
Search by Name, Dino Timeline, Body Shape, In Your Country and Top 5 Dinosaurs. Includes the pronunciation and meaning of each listed dinosaur. From the Natural History Museum in London, England.
The Dinosauria
Explore questions such as: "Are birds really dinosaurs? What killed the dinosaurs? Were dinosaurs hot-blooded or cold-blooded? Can we infer the possible speeds of dinosaurs? Is what the movies tell us about dinosaurs true?" Also includes special exhibits. From Berkeley University.
Dinosaurs: Facts and Fiction
"This pamphlet contains answers to some frequently asked questions about dinosaurs, with current ideas and evidence to correct some long-lived popular misconceptions." A publication of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Life - Ancient Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, and Other Creatures
Sections include: Dinosaurs A to Z, The 12 Main Dinosaur Groups, The 10 Weirdest Dinosaurs, The 10 Smartest Dinosaurs, The 10 Biggest Dinosaurs, Types of Dinosaurs (Herbivorous, Carnivorous), Behavior, and Prehistoric Life (A-Z Profiles of animals). Click tabs (Dinosaurs, Profiles, etc.) at beginning of each section to explore contents. From About.com.
Dinosaurs in Our Backyard
Find out how we learn about the dinosaurs and what a paleobiologist does. From the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Discovery Channel: Dinosaurs
Interactive dinosaur browser, news, videos, games, FAQ, and more. Adobe Flash required.
Extinct Animals
From How Stuff Works.
How Stuff Works: Dinosaurs
Includes pictures, information on fossils, extinction, and more.
National Museum of Natural History - Dinosaurs
The Dinosaur Info section includes: What Is a Dinosaur?, Anatomy and Evolution, General Behavior, Where Did They Live?, and Why Did They Go Extinct? Interactive modules include: A virtual tour of the Museum, Virtual Dinosaur Dig, and The Tree of Life (a timeline of geological eras). From the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
New Scientist: Dinosaurs
Articles and news on prehistoric life.
Paleontology Portal
A resource on fossil preparation for anyone with an interest in paleontology. Sections include History, Collecting, Revealing, Studying, Follow the Specimen and Tools and Resources. Also includes career information. From the American Museum of Natural History.
The Paleontology Portal
"This site is a resource for anyone interested in paleontology, from the professional in the lab to the interested amateur scouting for fossils to the student in any classroom." Produced by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the Paleontological Society, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Prehistoric World and Times: Photos, Videos, Maps, Facts, Images, and More
From National Geographic. Also see this page: Prehistoric Animals Pictures, Images, Facts, News, Information, Profiles, Reports. You will have to register for a free account to access the information.
Prehistoric Life: Age of the Dinosaurs, Human Beginnings
Articles, games, quizzes, galleries, news. From BBC.
Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs
From the American Museum of Natural History.
ScienceDaily: Dinosaur News
Recent discoveries, studies, articles, videos, and images.

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