ANIMAL FACTS

Learn about some of the strange and unusual facts and terms in the animal kingdom.
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Notochord

A notochord is a flexible supporting rod along the back of an animal. It is present in all chordate animals at some stage in their development.

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  • 10 Completely Wrong Sayings About Animals

    10 Completely Wrong Sayings About Animals

    Ever been told you're as stubborn as a mule or blind as a bat? It might have been an unintended compliment. Many common sayings about animals are really off the mark. See more »

  • 10 Crazy Facts You Didn't Know About Animals

    10 Crazy Facts You Didn't Know About Animals

    You might know that a cheetah can run 70 mph, but did you know that hens can change sex or that leeches have three sets of jaws? Here are 10 really strange animal facts. See more »

  • 10 Real Animals That Seem Make-believe

    10 Real Animals That Seem Make-believe

    The natural world boasts an incredible diversity of animals, some of which are so colorful and bizarre that they seem made-up. Meet 10 very creative creatures. See more »

  • 10 Superhero Powers of the Animal Kingdom

    10 Superhero Powers of the Animal Kingdom

    Flying and being invisible are NOT the only superpowers. What if you could freeze yourself and then reanimate? What if you could survive space without any help from NASA like tardigrades can? Time to introduce a few new superpowers into your arsenal. See more »

  • 10 Surprising Behaviors in Nonhuman Animals

    10 Surprising Behaviors in Nonhuman Animals

    One animal procrastinates. Another is famous for making out. Yet another might remember faces better than you do. Our nonhuman cohorts are capable of much more than instinct and action. Here are 10 captivating examples. See more »

  • 10 Surprising Things Animals Do With Their Babies

    10 Surprising Things Animals Do With Their Babies

    One bird parent flies for miles, dunks itself in water and returns the nest to let babies actually suck the water from its feathers. Another turns a blind eye to sibling shenanigans that can turn deadly. Can you name these animal parents? See more »

  • 10 Venomous Creatures in Your Backyard

    10 Venomous Creatures in Your Backyard

    You don't have to live in some exotic, tropical environment to find a venomous critter. They live all over the world, and some may be closer than you think. See more »

  • 5 Animals That Look Like Monsters

    5 Animals That Look Like Monsters

    There's little we can imagine that Mother Nature hasn't already dreamed up in one of her fouler moods. Care to meet some creatures with frightful features? See more »

  • All About the Audubon Society Fund

    All About the Audubon Society Fund

    The Audubon Society promotes legislation that protects wildlife, birds and the ecosystems that support them. Learn about the society's past and present. See more »

  • Are zoos good or bad for animals?

    Are zoos good or bad for animals?

    As you visit each amazing exhibit at your local zoo, do you ever feel a twinge of guilt or remorse when watching these enclosed creatures? Are zoos helping or hurting animals? See more »

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