Animals & Wildlife Sitemap - Page 4 2016-09-26

Lion Cubs - Panthera leo
Lion cubs have a subtle spotted pattern that fades as they mature. Adult lions have no pattern to their coat. Page 5.

Female Lion - Panthera leo
Lions range in color from nearly white to tawny yellow, ash brown, ochre, and deep orange-brown. They have a tuft of dark fur at the tip of their tail. Adult lions do not have a pattern to their coat and are instead uniform in color.

Leopards - Panthera pardus
Like black jaguars and black leopards, white lions are a color morph of lions, not a different species. White lions possess a recessive gene that causes their coat to be a very light color. It should be noted that white lions are not albinos. Instead their coloration is due to a condition known as leucism in which all types of pigment are reduce, not just melanin as in albinos. Page 8.

Leopard - Panthera pardus
In addition to melanistic individuals, some cat species also exhibit white color varieties. White tigers and white lions are two such examples. Neither white tigers nor white lions are albinos, but instead are white due to the presence of a recessive gene which causes their coat background color to be almost white instead of yellow. Page 7.

Siberian tiger - Panthera tigris altaica
The Siberian or Amur tiger is the largest of all the tiger subspecies. It has a reddish-orange coat that fades to white on its face and belly. It has dark brown, vertical stripes that cover its flanks and shoulders. Its fur is thicker and longer than other tiger subspecies, an adaptation to its cold, mountain habitat. Page 3.

Tiger - Panthera tigris
There are five subspecies of tigers and each varies slightly in coloration. In general, tigers have an orange coat with black stripes and a white belly and white facial markings. Siberian tigers are lighter in color and have more white than the other tiger subspecies. Page 2.

Tiger cub - Panthera tigris
In some cat species, a melanistic or black color morph appears on occasion in a wild population. Although these melanistic individuals may look quite different from their kin, they are color variations, not separate species. Examples of such melanistic individuals include black leopards and black jaguars. This picture shows a black jaguar. Page 6.

Tiger - Panthera tigris
The tiger is a species of large cat that inhabits Asia including the countries of China, Korea, India, and Russia. Page 11.

Jaguar - Panthera onca
The jaguar is a large cat that roams the southwestern United states (including Arizona and New Mexico) and parts of Central and South America. Page 12.

Clouded leopard - Neofelis nebulosa
Clouded leopards are native to the rain forests and Himalayan foothills throughout Southeast Asia. Their range includes Indonesia, China, and Nepal. Page 9.

Cat Pictures: The Panthers
Pictures of cats including lions, mountain lions, caracals, tigers, jaguars, cheetahs and more.

Snow Leopard Cubs Picture - Picture of Snow Leopard Cubs
Snow leopards, like most cats with the exception of lions, are solitary hunters. Mothers do spend time with cubs though, rearing them without assistance from the father. When snow leopard cubs are born they are blind but protected by a thick coat of fur. Page 5.

Snow Leopard Picture - Picture of a Snow Leopard
Despite not roaring, snow leopards do possess the anatomical features thought to enable roaring (which include an elongated larynx and hyoid apparatus). Page 12.

Snow Leopard Picture - Picture of a Snow Leopard Portrait
The base color of the snow leopard's coat is a warm gray color on its back which fades to white on it's belly. The coat is covered with dark spots. Individual spots cover the cat's limbs and face. On its back, the spots form rosettes. Its tail is striped and is very long when compared to that of other cats (its tail can be equal in length to the cat's body). Page 11.

Snow Leopard Picture - Picture of a Snow Leopard
Snow leopards do not roar, although they are classified within the Panthera, a group also referred to as the roaring cats which includes lions, leopards, tigers, and jaguars. Page 10.

Snow Leopard Picture - Picture of a Snow Leopard
The snow leopard is a shy species and spends much of its time hidden in caves and rocky crevices. Page 3.

Snow Leopard Picture - Picture of a Snow Leopard
Snow leopards inhabit a variety of high-altitude habitats including open coniferous forests and rocky shrub lands and steppe. Page 2.

Snow Leopard Picture - Picture of a Snow Leopard
Snow leopards live in mountainous habitat in South and Central Asia at altitudes of between 9,800 and 18,000 feet. Its range includes the countries of Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Snow Leopard Picture - Picture of a Snow Leopard
Snow leopards are most active during the hours at dawn and dusk, making them crepuscular animals. They occupy home ranges but are not overly territorial and do not defend their home range aggressively against intrusion of other snow leopards. They lay claim to their territory using urine and scat scent marks. Page 4.

Snow Leopard - Snow Leopard on Cliff
Snow leopards thrive in habitat inhospitable to humans. They inhabit mountainous terrain where exposed rock and deep cut ravines shape the landscape. They live at elevations of between 3000 and 5000 meters or more where winters are bitter and mountain peaks are snow packed. Page 8.

Snow Leopard - Snow Leopard on Cliff
Little is known about the snow leopard due to its reclusive nature and its remote range which stretches through a dozen countries and reaches high into the Himalayas. Page 7.

Snow Leopard Picture - Picture of a Snow Leopard
Snow leopard litters can range in size from one to five cubs (usually there are two or three). Cubs can walk at five weeks of age and are weened at ten weeks. They venture out of the den by about four months of age and remain at their mothers side until about the age of 18 months when they disperse to their own territories. Page 6.

Snow Leopard Picture - Picture of a Snow Leopard
The snow leopard is well adapted for the cold temperatures of its high-altitude habitat. It has a plush coat of fur that grows quite long—the fur on its back grows to one inch in length, the fur on its tail is two inches long, and the fur on its belly reaches three inches in length. Page 9.

Black-Footed Cat - Felis nigripes
In this photographic guide, find out more about cats, their classification, adaptations, and natural history. Page 9.

Eurasian Lynx Kitten - Lynx lynx
The Eurasian lynx is a small cat that lives in the temperate and boreal forests of Europe. Page 2.

Pallas's Cat - Otocolobus manul
The Pallas's cat is a small wild cat that inhabits the steppe and grassland regions of Central Asia. Page 8.

Sand Cat - The Smallest of All Wild Cats
The sand cat is one tough little cat. It's about the same size as a domestic cat and is the smallest of all wild cats. Page 12.

Malayan Tiger Picture - Picture of a Malayan Tiger
The Malayan tiger inhabits tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests of southern Thailand and the Malay Peninsula. Until 2004, the Malayan tigers were not classified as belonging to their own subspecies and were instead considered to be Indochinese tigers. Malayan tigers, though very similar to Indochinese tigers, are the smaller of the two subspecies. Page 9.

Malayan Tiger Picture - Picture of a Malayan Tiger
The Malayan tiger inhabits tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests of southern Thailand and the Malay Peninsula. Until 2004, the Malayan tigers were not classified as belonging to their own subspecies and were instead considered to be Indochinese tigers. Malayan tigers, though very similar to Indochinese tigers, are the smaller of the two subspecies. Page 10.

Tiger Picture - Picture of a Tiger
Tigers are not water-fearing cats. They are, in fact, adept swimmers capable of crossing moderately sized rivers. As a result, water rarely poses a barrier to them. Page 11.

Tiger Picture - Picture of a Siberian Tiger
Siberian tigers, the largest of all the tiger subspecies, are lighter in color and have a thicker coat that enables them to brave the harsh, cold temperatures of the Russian taiga. Page 8.

Siberian Tiger Picture - Picture of a Siberian Tiger
Tigers inhabit a wide range of habitats such as lowland evergreen forests, taiga, grasslands, tropical forests and mangrove swamps. They generally require habitat with cover such as forests or grasslands, water resources and enough territory to support their prey. Page 6.

Siberian Tiger Picture - Picture of a Siberian Tiger
Tigers vary in color, size, and markings depending on their subspecies. Page 5.

Tiger Picture - Picture of a Siberian Tiger
The Siberian tiger inhabits eastern Russia, parts of northeastern China and northern North Korea. It prefers coniferous and broadleaf woodlands. The Siberian tiger subspecies nearly fell into extinction in the 1940s. At its lowest population count, the Siberian tiger population consisted of just 40 tigers in the wild. Thanks to great efforts of Russian conservationists, the Siberian tiger subspecies has now recovered to more stable levels. Page 7.

Sumatran Tiger Picture - Picture of a Sumatran Tiger
The Sumatran tiger subspecies is restricted to the island of Sumatra in Indonesia where it inhabits montane forests, patches of lowland forests, peat swamps and freshwater swamps. Page 4.

Tiger Picture - Picture of a Tiger Drinking
Tigers are carnivores. They hunt at night and feed on large prey such as deer, cattle, wild pigs, young rhinoceroses and elephants. They also supplement their diet with smaller prey such as birds, monkeys, fish and reptiles. Tigers also feed on carrion. Page 2.

Tiger Picture - Picture of a Tiger
Tigers are both solitary and territorial cats. They occupy home ranges that are between 200 and 1000 square kilometers, with females occupying smaller home ranges than males. Page 12.

Tiger Picture - Picture of a Tiger Swimming
Tigers are not water-fearing cats. They are, in fact, adept swimmers capable of crossing moderately sized rivers. As a result, water rarely poses a barrier to them.

Tiger Picture - Picture of a Tiger
Tigers historically occupied a range that stretched from the eastern part of Turkey to the Tibetan plateau, Manchuria and the Sea of Okhotsk. Today, tigers occupy only about seven percent of their former range. More than half of the remaining wild tigers live in the forests of India. Smaller populations remain in China, Russia, and parts of Southeast Asia. Page 3.

Tiger Pictures - Pictures of Tigers
Tigers are the largest and most powerful of all cats. They are extremely agile despite their bulk and can leap between 8 and 10 meters in a single bound. They are also among the most recognizable of cats thanks to their distinct orange coat, black stripes and white markings.

Snow Leopard Pictures - Images of Asia's Mountain Cats
Snow leopards are mountain-dwelling cats that live throughout the ranges of South and Central Asia at altitudes between 9,800 and 16,500 feet. Snow leopards are classified as endangered and their population is declining due to habitat destruction and a dwindling prey base.

Black and White Wolves - Photo of Black and White Wolves
Despite their common name, gray wolves (Canis lupus) are a colorful bunch of canines. Their coat color can range from white to gray to black and is regulated by a complex set of genetic factors. Page 4.

Pair of Wolf Pups - Photo of a Pair of Wolf Pups
Despite their common name, gray wolves (Canis lupus) are a colorful bunch of canines. Their coat color can range from white to gray to black and is regulated by a complex set of genetic factors. Page 3.

Wolf Pups Howling - Photo of Wolf Pups Howling
Despite their common name, gray wolves (Canis lupus) are a colorful bunch of canines. Their coat color can range from white to gray to black and is regulated by a complex set of genetic factors. Page 2.

Cat Pictures: The Small Cats
The small cats include cheetahs, pumas, lynx, ocelot, domestic cat, and others.

Margay - Leopardus wiedii
The margay is a small wild cat that inhabits tropical evergreen forests, tropical dry forests, and cloud forests in Mexico, Central America, and South America. Page 11.

Caracal - Caracal caracal
The most distinguishing characteristic of caracals is their long, tufted ears which stand straight up and are fringed with long black fur. Page 3.

Puma - Puma concolor
Pumas, also known as mountain lions, are large, lean cats with a coat that ranges in color from yellow-brown to gray-brown. Page 5.

Cheetah - Acinonyx jubatus
The cheetah is the only living member of its genus and as such has a number of characteristics that set it apart from all other cat species.

Serval - Felis serval
The serval is a small wild cat native to sub-Saharan parts of Africa. Page 6.

Ocelot - Leopardus pardalis
The ocelot is a small wild cat that inhabits the tropical forests, mangrove swamps, and savannas of Mexico, Central America, and South America. Page 7.

Jungle cat - Felis chaus
The jungle cat is a small wild cat native to Southeast and Central Asia. Jungle cats are the largest of the small cats. Page 10.

Jaguarundi - Puma yagouaroundi
The jaguarundi is a small cat that is ntaive to Central and South America. Page 4.

Florida Panther Picture - Picture of a Florida Panther and Cubs
An adult female Florida panther with her 3 young kittens in the Picayune Strand State Forest. Page 7.

Florida Panther Picture - Picture of a Florida Panther Kitten
Three-week-old Florida panther kitten in Picayune Strand State Forest.

Florida Panther Picture- Picture of a Florida Panther
A male Florida panther seeking refuge in a live oak tree. Page 4.

Florida Panther Picture - Picture of a Florida Panther
An endangered male Florida panther seeks refuge in a tree while scientists attempt to fit him with a radio transmitter for tracking purposes. Page 8.

Florida Panther Picture - Picture of a Florida Panther
A male Florida panther in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Page 5.

Picture of a Florida Panther - Puma concolor
A male Florida panther goes for a stroll in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Page 2.

Florida Panther Picture - Picture of a Florida Panther
A male Florida panther stares into the lens of the motion-activated camera. Page 6.

Florida Panther Kittens Picture - Picture of Florida Panther Kittens
Three Florida panther kittens from Everglades National Park. Page 3.

Lion Picture - Picture of a Lion Couple
Male and female lions differ in their size and appearance. Females have a uniformly colored coat of a tawny brown color and they lack a mane. Page 10.

Lion Cub Picture - Picture of a Lion Cub
Female lions often give birth at about the same time which means the cubs within a pride are of a similar age. Page 8.

Lion Picture - Picture of a Lion
Male lions are in their prime between the ages of 5 and 10 years and often do not live long after that period. Page 6.

Lion Picture - Picture of a Lion
Lions are the largest of all African cats. They are the second largest cat species worldwide, smaller than only the tiger.

Lion Picture - Picture of a Lion
The life of a male lion is socially more precarious than that of a female lion. Page 5.

Lioness Picture - Picture of a Lioness
The social groups lions form are called prides. A pride of lions typically includes about five females and two males and their young. Page 3.

Lioness Picture - Picture of a Lioness
Male and female lions differ in their size and appearance. Females have a uniformly colored coat of a tawny brown color and they lack a mane. Page 7.

Lioness Picture - Picture of a Lioness
Lions often hunt together with other members of their pride. The prey they capture usually weighs up to 660 pounds. Page 9.

Lioness Picture - Picture of a Lioness
Lions are unique among felids in that they are the only species that forms social groups. All other felids are solitary hunters. Page 4.

Lioness Picture - Picture of a Lioness
Lions play-fight as a means of honing their hunting skills. Page 11.

Lion Picture - Picture of a Lion
Lions range in color from nearly white to tawny yellow, ash brown, ochre, and deep orange-brown. They have a tuft of dark fur at the tip of their tail. Page 2.

Lion Picture - Picture of Three Lions
Lions inhabit central and southern Africa and the Gir Forest in northwest India. Page 12.

Lion Pictures - Pictures of Lions
Pictures of lions, the largest of all African cats and the second largest cat species worldwide, smaller than only the tiger.

Florida Panther Pictures
Pictures of Florida panthers, an endangered subspecies of panther that scientists believe are healthier and fitter than they were fifteen years ago. They have higher genetic diversity, better immunity to disease, and fewer genetic abnormalities. They suffer fewer heart defects, enjoy higher fertility and are better able to climb trees.

Harvestmen - Opiliones - The Animal Encyclopedia
Harvestmen, also referred to as daddy-long-legs, are a group of arachnids known for their long, delicate legs and their oval body.

Horseshoe Crab - Limulus polyphemus
The horseshoe crab is closer kin to spiders, mites and ticks than it is to other arthropods such as crustaceans and insects. Horseshoe crabs live in the Gulf of Mexico and northward along the Atlantic coast of North America. Page 3.

Ghost Crab - Ocypode
Ghost crabs are translucent crabs that live on shores around the world. They have very good eye sight and a wide field of vision. This enables them to spot predators and other threats and scurry out of sight quickly. Page 6.

Dragonfly - Anisoptera
Dragonflies are large-eyed insects with two pairs of long, broad wings and a long body. Dragonflies resemble damselflies but adults can be distinguished by the way they hold their wings when resting. Page 11.

Cucumber Green Spider - Araniella cucurbitina
The cucumber green spider is an orb-web spinning spider native to Europe and parts of Asia.

African Yellow Leg Scorpion - Opistophthalmus carinatus
The African yellow leg scorpion is a burrowing scorpion that inhabits southern and eastern Africa. Like all scorpions, it is a predatory arthropod. Page 2.

Jumping Spider - Salticidae
Jumping spiders are a group of spiders that includes about 5,000 species. Jumping spiders are visual hunters and have acute vision. The are skilled jumpers and secure their silk to the surface before the leap, creating a safety tether. Page 4.

Katydid Picture - Tettigoniidae
Katydids have long antennae. They are often confused with grasshoppers but grasshoppers have short antennae. In Britain, katydids are called bush crickets. Page 7.

Ladybug - Coccinellidae
Ladybugs, also known as ladybirds, are a group of beetles that range in color from yellow to orange to bright red. Page 12.

Lesser Marbled Fritillary - Brenthis ino
The lesser marbled fritillary is a small butterfly native to Europe. It belongs to the Family Nymphalidae, a group that includes about 5,000 species. Page 5.

Millipede - Diplopoda
Millipedes are long-bodied arthropods that have two pairs of legs for each segment, with the exception of the first few segments behind the head which have no leg pairs or only one leg pair. Millipedes feed on decaying plant matter. Page 8.

Porcelain Crab - Porcellanidae
This porcelain crab is not really a crab at all. In fact, it belongs to a group of crustaceans that are more closely related to squat lobsters than to crabs. Porcelain crabs have a flat body and long antennae. Page 9.

Rosy Lobsterette - Nephropsis rosea
The rosy lobsterette is a species of lobster that inhabits the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and northward to the waters around Bermuda. It inhabits waters of depths between 1,600 and 2,600 feet. Page 10.

Arthropod Pictures: Hexapods, Myriapods, and More
Pictures of arthropods including spiders, scorpions, horseshoe crabs, katydids, beetles, millipedes, and more.

American Golden Plover - Pluvialis dominica - Plover Pictures
The American golden plover (Pluvialis dominica) is a striking plover with a dark black and gold speckled upper body. Page 15.

Black-Bellied Plover - Pluvialis squatarola - Plover Pictures
During the breeding season, the black-bellied plover (Pluvialis squatarola) has a black face and neck, a white cap that stretches down the back of its neck, a speckled body, a white rump and a black-barred tail. Page 13.

Greater Sand Plover - Charadrius leschenaultii - Plover Pictures
The greater sand plover (Charadrius leschenaultii) is a migratory plover that breeds in Turkey and Central Asia and winters in Africa, Asia and Australia. Page 5.

Grey Plover - Pluvialis squatarola - Plover Pictures
Picture of a grey plover, a species of plover that breeds throughout nortwestern Alaska and the Candian Arctic. Page 12.

Hooded Plover - Thinornis rubricollis - Plover Pictures
Picture of a hooded plover, a species that lives in Australia on sandy beaches, especially in areas where there is an abundance of seaweed. Page 11.

Killdeer - Charadrius vociferus - Plover Pictures
Picture of a killdeer, a medium-sized plover native to Nearctic and Neotropical regions. Page 10.

Kittlitz's Plover - Charadrius pecuarius - Plover Pictures
Picture of a Kittlitz's plover, a species that is common throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Nile Delta, and Madagascar. Page 8.

Malaysian Plover - Charadrius peronii - Plover Pictures
Picture of a Malaysian plover, a threatened ringed plover from Southeast Asia. Page 7.

New Zealand Dotterel - Charadrius obscurus - Plover Pictures
Picture of a New Zealand dotterel, an endangered plover endemic to New Zealand where it is now restricted to North Island and Steward Island.

Piping Plover - Charadrius melodus - Plover Pictures
Picture of a piping plover, an endangered shorebird that inhabits two distinct geographic regions in North America. Page 2.

Ringed Plover - Charadrius hiaticula - Plover Pictures
The ringed plover (Charadrius hiaticula) is a small shorebird with a distinct black chest band that stands out against its white breast and chin. Page 6.

Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus - Plover Pictures
Picture of a semipalmated plover, a small shorebird with a single breast band of dark feathers. Page 3.

Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus - Plover Pictures
The semipalmated plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) is a small shorebird with a single breast band of dark feathers. Page 4.

Three-Banded Plover - Charadrius tricollaris - Plover Pictures
Picture of a three-banded plover, a species that inhabits Madagascar and Africa. Page 14.

Wilson's Plovers - Charadrius wilsonia - Plover Pictures
Picture of a Wilson's plover, a medium-sized plover notable for its large black bill and dark brown breast band. Page 9.

Puffin - Flying Puffin
Animals & Wildlife. Page 5.

Puffin - Puffin Call
Animals & Wildlife. Page 10.

Puffin - Puffin Peaking from Rocks
Animals & Wildlife. Page 2.

Puffin - Puffin Portrait
Animals & Wildlife. Page 7.

Puffin - Puffin Portrait
Animals & Wildlife. Page 12.

Puffin - Puffin Stretching Wings
Animals & Wildlife. Page 4.

Puffin - Puffin Stretching Wings
Animals & Wildlife. Page 3.

Puffin - Puffin on Rock
Animals & Wildlife. Page 9.

Puffin - Puffin with Fish
Animals & Wildlife. Page 11.

Puffins - Puffins in Iceland
Animals & Wildlife. Page 8.

Puffin - Three Puffins
Animals & Wildlife.

Puffins - Two Puffins
Animals & Wildlife. Page 6.

Plover Pictures
Pictures of plovers, a group of wading birds that have short bills, long legs, and feed on invertebrates such as insects and worms.

Plover Pictures
Pictures of plovers, a group of wading birds that have short bills, long legs, and feed on invertebrates such as insects and worms.

American Flamingo - Phoenicopterus ruber - Bird Pictures
The American flamingo is one of six flamingo species. It breed locations include Galápagos Islands, Colombia and Venezuela. The distinct color of the American flamingo comes from its diet of crustaceans and algae. Page 3.

Black-Faced Sandgrouse - Pterocles decoratus - Bird Pictures
The black-faced sandgrouse is one of 16 species of sandgrouses. This species inhabits a range that includes Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Page 11.

Blue Jay - Cyanocitta cristata - Bird Pictures
The blue jay belongs to the the same family as crows, ravens, magpies, rooks, and jackdaws. The blue jay has a crest of feathers atop its head and has royal blue to lavender-blue plumage with accents of white and black. Page 8.

Griffin Vulture - Gyps fulvus - Bird Pictures
The Griffin vulture is a bird of prey that feeds on dead animals. It is native to Europe, North Africa and Asia.

Nene Goose - Branta sandvicensis - Bird Pictures
The nene goose is the state bird of Hawaii. The nene goose is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. Wild populations are present on Hawaii, Maui and the lowlands of Kauai. Page 2.

Northern Gannet - Morus bassanus - Bird Pictures
The northern gannet (Morus bassanus) belongs to the same family as boobies. Northern gannets breed in large colonies located on rocky cliffs throughout the North Atlantic. Page 5.

Sandhill Crane - Grus canadensis - Bird Pictures
Sandhill cranes are species of large North American crane. These long-legged birds have a distinct red patch of feathers on their face. Page 12.

Spur-winged Plover - Vanellus spinosus - Bird Pictures
The spur-winged plover is a medium-sized wading bird that breeds throughout the eastern Mediterranean. Page 4.

Atlantic Puffin - Fratercula arctica - Bird Pictures
The Atlantic puffin is a member of the auk family that forages over open ocean searching for fish, squid and crustaceans. Atlantic puffins breed along the coasts of northern Europe, Iceland, and eastern North America. Page 6.

Cedar Waxwing - Bombycilla cedrorum - Bird Pictures
The cedar waxwing is a songbird that inhabits open woodlands throughout North America. The plumage of the cedar waxwing is primarily buff or light brown. They have a distinctive red band of feathers on the lower part of their wings. Page 7.

European Robin - Erithacus rebecula - Bird Pictures
The European robin is a small perching bird that can be found throughout many parts of Europe. It has an orange-red breast and face, olive-brown wings and back, a white to light-brown belly. Page 9.

Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis - Bird Pictures
The northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a bright red-plumed bird with a distinct crest of feathers atop its head. Females are not as brightly colored as males. Northern cardinals inhabit eastern North America. Page 10.

Bird Pictures
Pictures of birds including vultures, puffins, jays, cranes, sandgrouse, robins, gannets, plovers and more.

Puffin Pictures - Pictures of Puffins
Puffin Pictures

Black-Browed Albatross - Thalassarche melanophrys - Albatross Pictures
Picture of a pair of black-browed albatrosses flying low over the water off the Falkland Islands. Page 20.

Black-Browed Albatross - Thalassarche melanophrys - Albatross Pictures
Picture of an adult black-browed albatross with chick. Page 21.

Black-Browed Albatross - Thalassarche melanophrys - Albatross Pictures
A picture of a pair of black-browed albatrosses flying low over the water off the Falkland Islands. Page 8.

Light-Mantled Albatross - Phoebetria palpebrata - Albatross Pictures
Picture of a pair of light-mantled albatrosses. Page 19.

Southern Royal Albatross - Diomedea epomophora - Albatross Pictures
Picture of a royal albatross as it gets a running start before taking to the air. Page 2.

Wandering Albatross - Diomedea exulans - Albatross Pictures
Picture of a wandering albatross taking flight from the water, off the coast of South Georgia. Page 10.

Wandering Albatross - Diomedea exulans - Albatross Pictures
Picture of a male wandering albatross waiting for his mate on an islet off South Georgia. Page 9.

Black-Browed Albatross - Thalassarche melanophrys - Albatross Pictures
Picture of a black-browsed albatross and chick in nest on the Falkland Islands. Page 15.

Black-Browed Albatross - Thalassarche melanophrys - Albatross Pictures
Picture of a black-browed albatross flying. Page 11.

Black-Browed Albatross - Thalassarche melanophrys - Albatross Pictures
Picture of an adult black-browed albatross with a chick. Page 18.

Black-Browed Albatross - Thalassarche melanophrys - Albatross Pictures
A picture of a black-browed albatross as it flies close to the sea in the Southern Ocean. Page 7.

Black-Browed Albatross - Thalassarche melanophrys - Albatross Pictures
Picture of a black-browed albatross. Page 16.

Setting Fishing Lines - Albatross Pictures
Picture of fishermen setting fishing lines at night, a practice that helps to reduce impact on albatrosses, which feed during the day. Page 12.

Illegal Toothfish Longliner - Albatross Pictures
Picture of a pirate Patagonian toothfish longliner. As much as one third of longline fishing that kills albatrosses is conducted by illegal vessels such as this. Page 13.

Southern Royal Albatross - Diomedea epomophora - Albatross Pictures
Picture of a royal albatross as it glides over the open ocean. Page 3.

Shy albatross - Thalassarche cauta - Albatross pictures
Picture of a shy albatross as it circles a boat. Page 5.

Shy albatross - Thalassarche cauta - Albatross pictures
Picture of a shy albatross. Animals & Wildlife. Page 6.

Wandering Albatross - Diomedea exulans - Albatross Pictures
Picture of Sir David Attenborough with a wandering albatross chick, South Georgia, taken on location for

Streamer Lines - Albatross Pictures
Picture of plastic streamers, when attacheed to rope that is positioned above longlines, can help reduce bird deaths due to longline fishing. Page 14.

Wandering Albatross - Diomedea exulans - Albatross Pictures
Picture of a wandering albatross stretching its wings. Page 17.

Wandering Albatross - Diomedea exulans - Albatross Pictures
Picture of a wandering albatross as it glides over the waters off the coast of the Falkland Islands. Page 4.

Albatross Pictures
Pictures from the Save the Albatross conservation effort, a program to protect albatross by reducing the threats by longline fishing.

Albatross Pictures
Pictures from the Save the Albatross conservation effort, a program to protect albatross by reducing the threats by longline fishing.

Box Turtle - Terrapene - Turtle Pictures
Box turtles are a group of turtles native to North America. Box turtles inhabit a wide range of habitats such as woodlands, grasslands, deserts and semi-deserts. Page 12.

Galapagos Giant Tortoise - Geochelone elephantopus - Turtle Pictures
Pictures of turtles, an ancient group of reptiles that includes more than 293 species.

Galapagos Giant Tortoise - Geochelone elephantopus - Turtle Pictures
The Galapagos tortoise is the largest of all living land turtles. It can grow to a length of more than 6 feet and can weigh in excess of 880 pounds. Page 11.

Green Sea Turtle - Chelonia mydas - Turtle Pictures
The green sea turtle is an endangered species of marine turtle that inhabits tropical and subtropical oceans around the globe. Page 10.

Hidden-Necked Turtle - Cryptodira - Turtle Pictures
Hidden-necked turtles are the more diverse of the two modern groups of turtles. The hidden-necked turtles include over 200 species. Page 8.

Hidden-Necked Turtle - Cryptodira - Turtle Pictures
Hidden-necked turtles are the more diverse of the two modern groups of turtles. The hidden-necked turtles include over 200 species. Page 7.

Hidden-Necked Turtle - Cryptodira - Turtle Pictures
Hidden-necked turtles are the more diverse of the two modern groups of turtles. The hidden-necked turtles include over 200 species. Page 9.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle - Caretta caretta - Turtle Pictures
The loggerhead sea turtle inhabits the temperate and tropical waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Page 6.

Russian Tortoise - Testudo horsfieldii - Turtle Pictures
The Russian tortoise, also known as the Central Asian tortoise, is a small land turtle that inhabits northwestern China, Russia, and Pakistan. Page 4.

Russian Tortoise - Testudo horsfieldii - Turtle Pictures
The Russian tortoise, also known as the Central Asian tortoise, is a small land turtle that inhabits northwestern China, Russia, and Pakistan. Page 5.

Side-Necked Turtle - Pleurodira - Turtle Pictures
Pictures of turtles, an ancient group of reptiles that includes more than 293 species. Page 2.

Side-Necked Turtle - Pleurodira - Turtle Pictures
Side-necked turtles are one of the two modern groups of turtles and include about 76 species. Page 3.

Turtle Pictures
Pictures of turtles, an ancient group of reptiles that includes more than 293 species.

Gharial In Water - Gavialis gangeticus - Gharial Pictures
Gharials are among the largest of all crocodilians, smaller in size than only the saltwater crocodile. Page 6.

Two Large Gharials - Gavialis gangeticus - Gharial Pictures
In addition to their distinct spindly nose, gharials have a unique tail that is laterally flattened and rimmed on both edges by a ridge of scales. Page 5.

Gharial Lurking in Water - Gavialis gangeticus - Gharial Pictures
The hind feet of gharials are webbed, an adaptation that when paired with their uniquely shaped tail, enables gharials tremendous agility when maneuvering underwater. Page 4.

Gharial at Water's Edge - Gavialis gangeticus - Gharial Pictures
Gharials rarely leave the water and venture on land only to bask on the mud or nest. Page 3.

Gharial Smiling - Gavialis gangeticus - Gharial Pictures
Male gharials have a bulbous growth on the tip of their snout that enables them to produce sounds that charm the ladies during courtship. Page 2.

Two Gharials - Gavialis gangeticus - Gharial Pictures
When on land, gharials are far less nimble than they are in water. Their legs are too weak to lift their body off of the ground and they must resort to pushing themselves across the ground on their belly.

Common Chameleon - Chamaeleo chamaeleon
The common chameleon inhabits Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Page 3.

Globe-Horned Chameleon - Calumma globifer
Globe-Horned Chameleon. Animals & Wildlife. Page 5.

Flap-Necked Chameleon - Chamaeleo dilepis
The flap-necked chameleon is so named for the large mobile flaps located at the top of its neck. Page 12.

Parson's Chameleon - Chamaeleo parsonii
The Parson's chameleon is endemic to eastern and northern Madagascar where it inhabits tropical forests. Page 10.

Mediterranean Chameleon - Chamaeleo mediterraneo
The Mediterranean chameleon, also known as the common chameleon, is a species of chameleon that inhabits Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Page 9.

Labord's chameleon - Furcifer labordi
The Labord's chameleon is a species of chameleon that is native to Madagascar. Page 8.

Jackson's Chameleon - Trioceros jacksonii
The Jackson's chameleon is a species of chameleon that is native to East Africa. Page 7.

Short-Horned Chameleon - Calumma brevicorne
The short-horned chameleon is a species of chameleon that is endemic to Madagascar. Page 6.

Namaqua chameleon - Chameleo namaquensis
The Namaqua chameleon is a chameleon that is native to South Africa, Angola, and Namibia. Page 4.

Veiled Chameleon - Chamaeleo calyptratus
Veiled chameleons are shy animals that often play possum when disturbed. Page 2.

Veiled Chameleon - Chamaeleo calyptratus
The veiled chameleon inhabits dry plateaus along the borders of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Like many chameleons, veiled chameleons are arboreal lizards.

Panther chameleon - Furcifer pardalis
The panther chameleon is a species of chameleon that is native to Madagascar. Page 11.

Chameleon Pictures
Chameleons are among the most charming and quirky of all reptiles, most noted for their unique feet, stereoscopic eyes and lighting-fast tongues.

Gharial With Open Mouth - Gavialis gangeticus - Gharial Pictures
Gharials later nest during the dry season which occurs from March through May. Page 12.

Gharial Close-Up - Gavialis gangeticus - Gharial Pictures
Gharials mate between November and January. During this time, males become fiercely territorial and protect a harem of females. Page 11.

Piggy-Back Gharials - Gavialis gangeticus - Gharial Pictures
Gharials formerly inhabited the Indus, Irrawady, Ganges and Bramaputra rivers in India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Page 10.

Gharial in Grass - Gavialis gangeticus - Gharial Pictures
Gharials are carnivores that feed primarily on fish. Their narrow snouts are well-suited for quick movement underwater, since they meet with little resistance when the gharial snaps at its prey underwater. Page 8.

Gharial Showing Teeth - Gavialis gangeticus - Gharial Pictures
Gharials are a species of crocodilian recognizable by their long, slender snout. Page 7.

Gharial Profile - Gavialis gangeticus - Gharial Pictures
Gharials have a mouthful of spiny teeth that are superb at grasping onto fish that might otherwise slip free of the gharial's bite. Page 9.

Seas and Oceans
The Earth's oceans form this planet's most extensive habitat. Oceans span pole to pole and reach around the globe.

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Here's our list of the 25 biggest living things on earth, ranging from viruses and mammals to plants and fungi.

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10 Facts About Primates
The mammalian order of primates includes monkeys, apes, lemurs, and human beings. Here are 10 facts about primates that every scientifically literate person should know.

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10 Facts About Arthropods
Arthropods--which include insects, spiders, and crustaceans--are by far the most common animals on earth. Here's a slideshow of 10 essential arthropod facts.

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10 Fun Facts About Giraffes
With their long necks, richly patterned coats and stubby ossicones, Giraffes are among the most recognizable animals on earth. Here are 10 essential Giraffe facts.

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10 Facts About Amphibians
A crucial link between water-dwelling fish and land-dwelling reptiles, amphibians are among the most fascinating animals on earth. Here are 10 fascinating amphibian facts.

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10 Facts About Birds
One of the six basic groups of animals, birds are characterized by their feathers and (in most species) the ability to fly. Here are 10 essential bird facts everyone should know.

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The 20 Biggest Mammals
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12 Important Animals of North America
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10 Fascinating Octopus Facts
With their eight tentacles and bigger-than-average brains, octopuses are among the world's most fascinating creatures. Here's a slideshow of 10 essential octopus facts.

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Reptiles
Reptiles are a group of vertebrates that includes crocodilians, lizards, snakes and turtles. There are about 8,000 species of reptiles alive today. Early reptiles diverged from other amniotes between 320 and 310 million years ago during the late Carboniferous Period. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of reptiles.

Mammals
Mammals are a group of vertebrates that includes about 21 groups such as anteaters, bats, carnivores, cetaceans, elephants, marsupials, primates, rodents and many others. There are about 5,400 species of mammals alive today. Mammals first appeared about 200 million years ago during the Jurassic Period. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of mammals.

Fishes - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Fishes are a diverse group of vertebrates and represent an informal collection of animals, not a true taxanomic class. For the purposes of this website, we recognize four groups of fishes including hagfish, lampreys, cartilaginous fishes and bony fishes. There are more than 24,000 species of fishes alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of fishes.

Invertebrates - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Invertebrates are a diverse group of animals that includes over 30 phyla. Invertebrates do not have a backbone, nor a bony skeleton. This large group of animals includes sponges, cnidarians, flatworms, roundworms, segmented worms, molluscs, echinoderms, and arthropods. About 97 percent of all known species are invertebrates. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of invertebrates.

Zoology Basics
Zoology is the study of animals and involves research in many aspects of animal life such as behavior, diet, evolution, classification, and distribution.

Squamates
Squamates are a group of reptiles that includes snakes, lizards and amphisbaenians. There are about 7,600 species of squamates alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of squamates.

Arthropods - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Arthropods are a group of invertebrates that includes insects, crustaceans, arachnids, sea spiders, horseshoe crabs, and a number of lesser-known groups. There are over 1 million species of arthropods alive today, with the most diverse group being, by far, the insects. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification, and evolution of arthropods.

Snakes - Facts, Classification and Evolution of Snakes
Snakes are a diverse group of squamates that include boas, colubrids, pythons, vipers, blind snakes, mole vipers and sunbeam snakes. There are about 2900 species of snakes alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of lizards.

Bony Fishes
Bony fishes are a group of fishes that includes lobe-finned fishes and ray-finned fishes. There are about 23,500 species of bony fishes alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of bony fishes.

Amphibians
Unlock the secrets of amphibians, a group of vertebrates that includes salamanders, newts, caecilians, frogs, and toads. There are between 5,000 and 6,000 species of amphibians alive today. The first amphibians arose about 370 million years ago during the Devonian Period. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification, and evolution of amphibians.

Primates
Primates are a group of mammals that includes prosimians, monkeys and apes. There are 356 species of primates alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of primates.

Birds - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Birds are a group of vertebrates that includes about 30 groups such as albatrosses, gamebirds, herons, hummingbirds, owls, parrots, penguins, perching birds, woodpeckers and many others.

Carnivores
Carnivores are a group of mammals that includes dogs and their relatives, bears, racoons, mustelids, civits, hyenas, aardwolf and cats. There are 249 species of carnivores alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of carnivores.

Evolution
Explore the fascinating field of evolution, the study of how life on Earth has changed throughout the history of our planet. From the unearthing of ancient fossils to the theory of natural selection, evolution offers a wealth of intriguing ideas and discoveries.

Arachnids - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Arachnids are a group of arthropods that includes eight-legged creatures such as spiders, ticks, mites, daddy-long-legs, pseudoscorpions, scorpions, and whip scorpions. There are about 75,500 species of arachnids alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of arachnids.

Crustaceans - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Crustaceans are a group of arthropods that includes crayfish, shrimp, crabs, lobsters, krill and barnacles. There are about 42,000 species of crustaceans alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of crustaceans.

Boas, Pythons and Relatives - Facts, Classification and Evolution of Boas, Pythons and Relatives
Boas, pythons and their relatives are a group of snakes that includes boas, pythons, Asian pipe snakes, dwarf pipe snakes, coral pipe snakes, sunbeam snakes and many other groups. There are about 149 species of boas, pythons and their relatives alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of boas, pythons and their relatives.

Worm Lizards
Worm lizards are a groups of squamates that includes amphisbaenids and tropical worm lizards, Palearctic worm lizards, North American worm lizards and ajolotes. There are about 130 species of worm lizards alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of worm lizards.

Lobe-Finned Fishes - Facts, Classification and Evolution of Lobe-Finned Fishes
Lobe-finned fishes are a group of fishes that includes coelacanths and lungfishes. There are about 8 species of lobe-finned fishes alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of lobe-finned fishes.

Civets - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Civets are a group of carnivores that includes Owston's palm civets, otter civets, Hose's palm civets, African civets and many other groups. There are about 76 species of civets alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of civets.

Hyenas and Aardwolf - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Hyenas and aardwolf are a group of carnivores that includes the spotted hyena, the aardwolf and the brown hyena. There are about 3 species of hyenas and aardwolf alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of hyenas and aardwolf.

Raccoons - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Raccoons are a group of carnivores that includes raccoons, olingos, coatis, kinkajous, ringtails and cacomistles. There are about 20 species of raccoons alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of raccoons.

Lemurs, Galagos, and Pottos
Lemurs, galagos, and pottos are a group of primates that includes lemurs, galagos, pottos, lorises, and the aye-aye. There are about 114 species of lemurs and their relatives alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of lemurs and their relatives.

Insects - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Insects are a diverse group of arthropods that includes crickets, grasshoppers, mantids, cockroaches, termites, bugs, beetles, scorpionflies, flies, fleas, moths, butterflies, bees, wasps, ants and many other groups. There are more than 1 million species of insects alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of insects.

Lizards
Lizards are a diverse group of reptiles that includes iguanas, chisel-teeth lizards, chameleons, geckos, night lizards, blind lizards, skinks, anguids, beaded lizards and many others. There are more than 4,500 species of lizards alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of lizards.

Bears - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Bears are a group of carnivores that includes giant pandas, spectacled bears, black bears, brown bears, polar bears, and sloth bears. There are 8 species of bears alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of bears.

Ray-Finned Fishes - Facts, Classification and Evolution of Ray-Finned Fishes
Ray-finned fishes are a group of fishes that includes tarpons, eels, catfishes, salmon, dragonflishes, lanternfishes, cod, anglerfishes and many more. There are about 23,500 species of ray-finned fishes alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of ray-finned fishes.

Canids - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Canids are a group of carnivores that includes dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackels. There are 36 species of canids alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of canids.

Horseshoe Crabs - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Horseshoe crabs are a group of arthropods that includes 4 species. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of crustaceans.

Mustelids - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Mustelids are a group of carnivores that includes skunks, martens, badgers, otters, and minks. There are about 67 species of mustelids alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of mustelids.

Monkeys, Apes, and Tarsiers
Monkeys, apes, and tarsiers are a group of primates that includes gorillas, Old World monkeys, New World monkeys, chimpanzees, bonobos, and humans. There are about 242 species of monkeys, apes, and tarsiers alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of monkeys, apes, and tarsiers​.

Myriapods
Myriapods (Myriapoda) are a group of arthropods that includes millipedes, centipedes, pauropods, and symphylans. There are about 13,000 species of myriapods alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification, and evolution of myriapods.

Insectivores - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Insectivores are a group of mammals that is no longer used in many taxonomic classification schemes. Instead, members of this group are often classified in other mammal groups. On this site, insectivores include moonrats, hedgehogs, moles, shrews desman, and gymnures. There are 365 species of insectivores alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of insectivores.

Caecilians - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Caecilians are a group of amphibians that includes beaked caecilians, fish caecilians, common caecilians, Indian caecilians and African caecilians. There are about 170 species of caecilians alive today. The first caecilians evolved during the Jurassic Period. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of caecilians.

Newts and Salamanders - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Newts and salamanders are divided into three groups which include the primitive salamanders, giant salamanders and sirens. There are about 470 species of newts and salamanders alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of newts and salamanders.

Ostriches - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Ostriches are a group of birds that includes just one species, the ostrich. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of ostriches.

Elephant Shrews - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Elephant shrews are a group of mammals that includes North African elephant shrews, Somali elephant shrews, short-snouted elephant shrews, short-eared elephant shrews, golden-rumped elephant shrews and many others. There are 15 species of elephant shrews alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of elephant shrews.

Pangolins - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Pangolins are a group of mammals that includes the Indian pangolin, Chinese pangolin, Sunda pangolin, giant pangolin, tree pangolin and others. There are 7 species of pangolins alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of pangolins.

Seals and Sea Lions - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Seals and sea lions are a group of mammals that includes the seals, fur seals, sea lions and the walrus. There are 34 species of seals and sea lions alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of seals and sea lions.

Tree Shrews - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Tree shrews are a group of arboreal and terrestrial mammals that includes Madras trees shrews, northern tree shrews, large tree shrews, painted treeshrews and many others. There are about 19 species of mammals alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of seals and tree shrews.

Other Invertebrate Groups
Other Invertebrate Groups. Animals & Wildlife.

Flying Lemurs - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Flying lemurs are a group of mammals that includes just 2 species. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of flying lemurs.

Sirenians - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Sirenians are a group of group of aquatic mammals that includes dugongs, manatees and sea cows. There are 4 species of sirenians alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of seals and sirenians.

Parrots - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Parrots are a group of birds that includes New Zealand parrots, cockatoos, true parrots and broad-tailed parrots. There are 353 species of parrots alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of parrots.

Rheas - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Rheas are a group of birds that includes 2 living species, the Greater Rhea and the Darwin's rhea. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of rheas.

Rodents - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Rodents are a group of mammals that includes the sqirrels, mice, dourmice, rats, beavers, gophers, pocket mice and gerbils. There are 1,702 species of rodents alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of rodents.

Sandgrouse - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Sandgrouse are a group of birds that includes Tibetan sandgrouse, pin-tailed sandgrouse, masked sandgrouse, double-banded sandgrouse and many others. There are a total of 16 species of sandgrouse alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of sandgrouse.

Trogons - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Trogons are a group of birds that includes Javan trogons, bar-tailed trogons, Cuban trogons, green-backed trogons, resplendent quetzals, eared quetzals and man other species. There are a total of 35 species of trogons alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of trogons.

Geologic Time Periods
Delve into the remarkable history of life on Earth and discover the evolutionary events that made each geologic time period unique.

Anteaters - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Anteaters are a group of mammals that includes anteaters, armadillos and sloths. There are about 29 species of anteaters alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of anteaters.

Monotremes - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Monotremes are a group of mammals that includes echidnas and the platypus. There are 5 species of monotremes alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of monotremes.

Pigeons and Doves - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Pigeons and doves are a group of birds that includes pigeons, doves, ground doves, bronzewings, fruit doves, imperial pigeons and many others. There are a total of 309 species of pigeons and doves alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of pigeons and doves.

Hyraxes - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Hyraxes are a group of mammals that includes the rock hyraxe, the yellow-spotted hyrax, the western tree hyrax, and the southern tree hyrax. There are 8 species of hyraxes alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of hyraxes.

Shorebirds - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Shorebirds are a group of birds that includes auks, murres, gulls, puffins and waders. There are a total of 343 species of shorebirds alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of shorebirds.

Lampreys - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Lampreys are a group of jawless fishes that includes 38 species. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of lampreys.

Cuckoos and Turacos - Animals and Wildlife - About.com
Cuckoos and turacos are a group of birds that includes turacos and their allies, cuckoos, coucals, anis and the hoatzin. There are 161 species of cuckoos and turacos alive today. The articles listed below provide information about the characteristics, classification and evolution of cuckoos and turacos.