Understanding Animal Behavior helps us to not only appreciate the complexities and needs of biodiversity but can give us better insights into the things that effect animals and their habitats which can help us develop better environmental understanding and policies.
Did you know a star fish isn’t actually a fish? How about this: a Goliath beetle can move over 800 times its own weight. Or this: chameleons change color by restricting blood flow to their skin. These are only a few of the unique animal adaptations found in nature we’ve included in this guide.
A reference to rain forest animals cannot be generalized as a “one-rainforest-fits-all–types" of wildlife. The plant and animal species that thrive in different environmental conditions depend on the forest type and the region where it is located.
Nature has a way of watching out for animals in the wild. They undergo a series of changes to endure colder weather and to be able to go without food for longer periods of time. Have you watched the animal changes during autumn months? What changes do the animals in the wild go through?
Everyday our bodies are working to keep us alive. Our bodies are regulating temperature, fluid levels, breath and heart beat; however, what about in extreme situations? Here we will explore how the human body adapts to survive when faced with a seemingly impossible situation.
What do human beings need to physically survive? This list presents the five very basic physical items that people need to survive on this Earth. This list presents only the basic human needs to survive; people may need other items to grow, adapt and thrive.
Zebra sharks are one of the many types of carpet sharks common to coral reefs and ocean bottoms. Like other carpet sharks, the juveniles and adults of this species look nothing alike. Changes in appearance between ages are a direct result of the need for camouflage to help in their nightly hunts.
The rhinoceros is the second largest land mammal in the world, second only to the elephant. Large and intelligent they have little to fear, except for humans, who have brought their species close to extinction. Learn how the rhino survives in its habitat and what conservation efforts are being made.
All life on Earth is interconnected to form a balanced, healthy ecosystem, and all species are dependent on each other in some way or another. Biodiversity is essential to a healthy planet, yet many species face extinction. Let’s explore some of the causes and effects of endangered animal species.
How many times have you looked up, seen a raptor flying overhead and wondered, “Is that a hawk…no too big…maybe it’s an eagle?” As more birds of prey wing their way into our lives, the ability to identify them correctly is becoming an important ability.
There are many North American migratory birds that head south for the winter. Eastern birds such as the Anhinga found in Southeastern United States use the Mississippi Flyaway while the Western Tanager use the Pacific Flyaway. We will explore this and much more about these fascinating creatures.
The Sahara Desert is the world’s biggest, and indeed a harsh environment for the creatures native to its massive wilderness. Read on for a discussion of how Saharan animals may adapt to climate change, which has dictated ecological shifts in the past and may today be influenced by human activity.
Even many residents of New England don’t know that their region lies along epic travel routes of species as diverse as monarch butterflies and North Atlantic right whales. Learn more about New England animal migrations, some of which are declining, and possible effects of climate change.
There are 19 species of gazelles found in Africa and Asia. The adaptations of gazelles show how these medium-sized herbivores cope with the challenges of their environments and the pressures of being prey species.
Natural selection and animal biochemical behavior shows how animals adapt to the stresses of their environment in ways which help them maximize their energy and resources. It is a classic example of evolution at work.
The Northern Cardinal, also known as the Virginia Nightingale, is a non-migratory bird that has expanded its range over the past decades. Read more about the cardinal’s distinguishing features that make it such a striking bird.
Animals adapt naturally to their environment. This is evident in places like the temperate rain forests where animals are adapting every day to change with the climate. Let’s discover the answer to the question “how do animals change to adapt to the temperate rain forest?”
Squirrel monkeys are called so because of their size, which is a little larger than squirrels. They spend most of their lives on top of trees and the adaptations of squirrel monkeys is therefore suited to an arboreal behavior.