Animals

In addition to the pets we have at home, the animal kingdom is made up of thousands of different species. This section takes a look at some of the most well known, including horses, pigs, and birds, as well as wild animals like lions, whales and monkeys.

How Do Marine Mammals Sleep?

Timely rest and sleeping are necessary for all creatures in nature, not only for human beings, as we often tend to think. Yet, in the case of marine mammals, these processes are somewhat different and, without a doubt, surprising. So,…

Bitches in Season: Heat, Pregnancy and Birth

You’ve just adopted a female dog and you’re full of questions. You’ve heard about bitches in season but you don’t really know all of the details. How will you recognize when she’s in heat or when she gets pregnant. If…

The Echinoderms: 6 Things You Should Know

The echinoderms are a group of marine invertebrates. This group includes some of the most iconic marine animals in the world, from sea urchins and starfish, to sea lilies. The name echinoderm literally means “spiny skin”. Although not all members…

What Are Electric Fish?

Since long before humans invented electricity, electric fish have fascinated scientists. Humans have been aware of their existence since Roman times, and often used their electric charges for therapeutic purposes. There are many species of fish that use electricity in…

The Tuatara: A Survivor from the Dinosaur Era

An endemic species of New Zealand, the tuatara is a reptile belonging to the order Rhynocephalia. While it might look like an ordinary lizard, it is actually more closely related to reptiles that lived back in the Cenozoic era. In…

Dodo Birds: The Story of an Extinct Species

People have written a lot about dodo birds (Raphus cucullatus) over the centuries. Unfortunately, most of the data we have is from legends and illustrations that, while very interesting, has actually misled us. We still don’t know what this animal…

Natural Wonders: What Are Soft Corals?

Soft corals are a type of Cnidaria which stand out for their lack of an internal calcium carbonate skeleton. They form some of those gorgeously colorful coral reefs you’ve probably seen in pictures, especially in tropical areas. These marine invertebrates…

3 Amazing Species of Flying Fish

Flying fish live in every single ocean and sea on the planet and there are lots of species of them. Seeing them burst out of the water as if they were birds is truly a sight to be seen. How are…

4 Wonderful Animal Stories for Kids

Animal stories and fables are still one of the best ways out there to teach kids valuable lessons. This probably won’t be the first time you’ve heard of Aesop’s Fables, and you’ve probably already been reading some to your kids.…

The Main Dog Organizations in the World

Some of the main dog organizations in the world exist to make sure that pure breed standards are kept up. They also do a lot to promote healthy, responsible breeding. Their goal is to ensure the well-being of any dogs…

The Kissing Bug and Chagas Disease

Chagas disease is a condition that mostly affects people in rural areas of Central and South America. It’s almost entirely caused by a tiny little insect: the kissing bug. Also known as the “barber bug” and the “winchuka,” the kissing bug has…

The Little Penguin: The Smallest of Its Kind

The little penguin is a fascinating species of penguin that inhabits the coast of New Zealand. Also known as the little blue penguin and fairy penguin, it’s the smallest breed in the Spheniscidae family. Penguins are flightless birds. Unlike birds that actually can fly,…