What Is Ecology and What Are Ecosystems?

Ecology is the study of relationships between organisms and their environment. An organism’s environment can include other organisms. Therefore, ecology is also the study of relationships between organisms and organisms. For example, relationships exist between plants and animals. Plants are a food source to herbivorous and omnivorous animals, while animals help fertilize, propagate, and pollinate … Continue reading What Is Ecology and What Are Ecosystems?

The Great White Shark – Largest Predatory Fish

Growing up to lengths of 21 feet and weighing up to 5,000 plus pounds, the great white shark is the largest predatory fish on earth. Not only are they impressive in size, but also in appearance, speed, and power. It is no wonder why this majestic species is one of the most feared predators in … Continue reading The Great White Shark – Largest Predatory Fish

What Exotic Animals Are the Most Dangerous to Keep? – Attack/Death Statistics

https://www.bornfreeusa.org/ maintains a database of exotic animal incidents that occur in the United States. Such incidents include but are not limited to: animal escapes, human injuries, human fatalities, and injuries to animals. The database has records from 1990 to present day, and include incidents from accredited and non-accredited zoos, circuses, and pet owners. After examining … Continue reading What Exotic Animals Are the Most Dangerous to Keep? – Attack/Death Statistics

What Are Animal Cells? A Brief Overview of Their Structure

Animal cells are the basic building blocks in animals. Animal cells are eukaryotic cells, which means they have membrane-bound organelles. There are many different types of cells, such as nerve and red blood cells. Membrane-bound means to be surrounded by a thin lining, or membrane. Organelle comes from the word “organ”. An organelle is a … Continue reading What Are Animal Cells? A Brief Overview of Their Structure

What Are Invasive Species? – A Look at Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades

An invasive species is one whose introduction to an area threatens the environment, public health, and/or the economy. Invasive species are organisms (animals, plants, diseases, parasites, etc.) non-native to the area they are introduced. Examples include the Burmese python, West Nile, and chestnut blight. Burmese pythons are a serious problem in southern Florida. But, how … Continue reading What Are Invasive Species? – A Look at Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades

The Crowned Eagle – Predatory Birds’ Strongest Member

Only two species of eagles are native to North America: the bald and golden eagle. The crowned eagle is native to Africa. The crowned eagle gets its name from the crown-like appearance on its head. The feathers tend to stick out in a way that resembles a crown. Beauty is often among the first attributes … Continue reading The Crowned Eagle – Predatory Birds’ Strongest Member

Gorillas – The Largest and Strongest of Primates

Primates are the closest, known relatives to humans. Nevertheless, a gorilla’s strength is unmatched compared to a man/woman. Most people will inaccurately guess how strong a gorilla is, either severely underestimating or vastly overestimating. Here, you will discover the true strength of one of the world’s strongest animals. Look at those pecs! Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/547891110887859165/?nic_v1=1bz6YCZjQlsL3OrNcq8Rml7FQCUCYPs4Y2SHB%2Fxq1h1d%2BZN3KIwxIcOQV4TMBpis2IContinue reading Gorillas – The Largest and Strongest of Primates

Animal Classification: King Cobra, Lion, and Hammerhead Shark

In the previous lesson, I explained how animals are classified using the 8 hierarchical categories of classification: domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. In addition to those, an animal may have a suborder, subfamily, and/or subspecies. Here, we will walk through the full classification of three different species: King Cobra, Lion, and … Continue reading Animal Classification: King Cobra, Lion, and Hammerhead Shark

What Is an Exotic Animal? – Are They Legal or Illegal to Keep in the USA

You may or may not be living under a rock if you have not seen or heard of Tiger King. I am late to the party, but began watching the new, short Netflix series last week. The documentary follows three exotic animal keepers, Joe Exotic, “Doc” Antle, and Carole Baskin, and their personal connection to … Continue reading What Is an Exotic Animal? – Are They Legal or Illegal to Keep in the USA

A Lesson on How Animals Are Classified: American Black Bear

There are 8 groups of classification: DomainKingdomPhylumClassOrderFamilyGenus Species Animals in each group share similar characteristics. Each subsequent group continues to add more specific characteristics on top of the existing ones. Thus, eliminating animals who do not meet the criteria, until you are left with one animal! To better understand each group and their characteristics, let … Continue reading A Lesson on How Animals Are Classified: American Black Bear