It's hard to feel connected with wildlife if you aren't exposed to it. But by feeding birds where you live, you'll get a daily dose of visitors. While some species will visit all year round, others are migratory, passing through only during certain seasons. And others will surprise you by coming dressed in brightly colored breeding plumage, after you become accustomed to seeing them in their relatively dull winter tones.
Marsupials are special mammals whose young are carried and suckled inside their mother's pouch. Those of us who are from North America have probably come across an opossum meandering down the street late at night. If you are really lucky, one might have even hissed at you, asking you to give it some space.
When you hear the word calf, what's the first baby animal that comes to mind? For most people, they would think of a baby cow. Perhaps, surprisingly, a "calf" is the name for lots of baby animals - ranging in size from the cat-sized aardvark to the mighty whale! The word "calf" is also the term used to describe a chunk of ice that breaks from a glacier or iceberg.
Suzi's new book series is all about baby animals, and the first title focuses on play. Babies love to play, no matter what species they are. Of course, it's fun to do (and to watch!), but that's not the only reason they do it. What drives youngsters to play, despite the obvious caloric expense that it entails?
Lots of people have pet peeves. Ours is a bit unusual. Or maybe not, given the content of our website. Walking through the zoo, people love to "ooh" and "aah" over the animals they see. Us included. But when someone says, "look at the monkey" when they are looking at a chimpanzee, it's more than we can take.