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Zoology / Animals

See also Wildlife, Birding, Insects and Dinosaurs.

Online Database

Remote Access (CLP Card)
A virtual trip to the zoo for elementary school-aged children, with interactive information on over 1,200 animals.

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Websites - Encyclopedias & Directories

  • The Animal Diversity Web
    A collection of pictures and information about animals from the University of Michigan. It includes descriptions of many phyla, orders, and families. Accounts of individual species include information on distributions, natural history, conservation, and economic importance. Some pictures may not display offsite due to copyright restrictions.
  • eNature Field Guides
    Check out these field guides online! Amphibians & reptiles, birds, mammals & fishes; insects, butterflies, & spiders; seashells & seashore creatures.
  • Endangered Species Program
    Information from the US Fish & Wildlife Service on endangered species of the United States. Compare the number of endangered species for Pennsylvania (17) with those of California (292) and Hawaii (317)!
  • National Geographic: Animals
    Colorful feature articles on a variety of animals from around the world.
  • Nature Works
    Learn about North American plants and animals and how the natural world works from this New Hampshire Public Television TV series for students.
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: North American Mammals
    This is an online database of the mammals of North America. You can search the database or find the mammals that are found in your area. It allows you to compile and print out a field guide in .pdf format of mammals that you select.
  • Tree of Life
    If you are looking for information on a specific animal, try this site where animals are arranged according to an evolutionary tree. In addition to having descriptions of many species, the site also links to web resources on that species. From David R. Maddison and Wayne P. Maddison at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
  • World Wildlife Fund: Species
    Learn about the most endangered species around the world.

Individual Animals