Zoology is the branch of biology that studies animal life. Whether you are looking for cute animal pictures to delight your preschooler, or are researching a high-school biology report, these animal kingdom sites should fit the bill.
The kids' section of the American Museum of National History (for elementary and middle-school kids) covers all kinds of "ology" including anthropology, marine biology, palenotology and this zoology section. Visit to explore Extreme Mammals, Butterfly Kingdom, or to make a horse gait flipbook. With quizzes, sing-alongs, crafts projects, experiments and online games, this engaging site is a sure hit.
The FieldGuides to more than 5,500 species of animals and plants are the core content here at eNature. The species are searchable by keyword, color, size, region and even zip code! For kid stuff, mouse on over to Fun & Games, where you'll find quizzes (Do you know scat?) and species flash cards to embed on your own website. These flash cards are snippets of code you can paste on your website or blog that will display a photo and a description of an animal. Great for online school reports or just for showing off your favorite animals.
Being a cat person, the first feature that grabbed my attention was Little Kitties for Big Cats. Want to see your little kitty featured on the site? Share a snapshot of your cat, along with a minimum $5 donation to National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative. Cute, cute ,cute, and all for a good cause! Other worthwhile sections include Animals A-Z (quick fact pages) and the animal photo gallery.
Meet the animals at the National Zoo by visiting the Photo Galleries, Live Cams or the virtual Exhibits. The Photo Galleries are organized in a variety of ways, some by species (Giant Pandas), and others by topic (Backyard Biology) or geography (North America.) The twenty Live Cams are a perennial favorite, but remember you need to visit during E.S.T. daylight hours. Here's a short list of a few of animals you'll find on the webcams: pandas, sloth bears, naked mole rates, orangutans, tigers, gorillas and lion cubs.
"Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan." It includes a comprehensive, searchable encyclopedia, a virtual museum, and a parallel site for upper-elementary students called BioKIDS. To reach BioKIDS, click on Teaching / Resources for K-12 and then follow the link in the opening paragraph. Other worthwhile links at ADW include Spinning Skulls (QuickTime VR movies of mammal skulls) and Frog Calls. "Advertisement calls are the loud calls that male frogs make to attract females. These are the familiar calls most people are familiar with."