Animal Facts

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

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Can animals count?

Pet owners love to brag about their furry friends, but have you ever wondered whether your dog or cat can count? You may be surprised to learn about the mathematical prowess of some common animals.

Can animals understand human language?

Many humans are sure their pets understand a variety of commands – but what do the experts have to say? Read on to find out exactly how much animals grasp the English language.

Do mice really love cheese?

If you're plagued by rodents, the only sure way to catch them is to load a mousetrap with a large wedge of cheese, right? Wrong – to catch mice, think sweet!

10 Cretaceous Animals That Weren’t Dinosaurs

The dinos hog all the Cretaceous headlines. Do you have any idea what else scurried, hopped and otherwise cruised around Earth before the K-T mass extinction?

5 Food Animals That Are Smarter Than Your Pet

Meet the pig: It can employ evasive maneuvers and play video games with joysticks, among other porcine talents. Kind of a whole different take on bacon, isn't it?

10 Wildly Wrong Animal Stereotypes

The world is full of cuddly koalas, loyal dogs and friendly dolphins. Or is it? Even positive animal stereotypes can be dangerous if they lead to humans making poor judgment calls.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

How Guide Dogs Work

These canines are more than just your average furry friends: They can mean a whole lifestyle change for some people.

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.

Top 10 Famous Racehorses

What does it take to be a successful race horse? Learn about the best jockeys with this famous racehorse countdown.

Alpine Habitat

What is an alpine habitat? Learn what constitutes an alpine habitat and who lives there.

Temperate Forest

What is an temperate forest? Learn what constitutes an temperate forest and who lives there.

Tropical Forest

What is a tropical forest? Learn about tropical forests and the animals that occupy this habitat.


What is tundra? Learn about the tundra and the animals that occupy this habitat.

Courtship and Mating

Do you think courtship is dead? Read on to learn about animal courtship.

5 Little Known Facts About Fish

Learn five things we bet you didn't know about fish!

Top 5 Sustainable Fishing Practices

Do you love to fish but love the environment too? Check out these five tips for sustainable fishing!

Mammal Talk

Why do animals have popup ears? Learn what pop up ears are and what they do.


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A Guide to Midsize Zoos

Is there a zoo in your backyard? Explore the alphabetical listings and interactive maps to find zoos and aquariums that are great for people and animals.

A Guide to Small Zoos

Is there a zoo in your backyard? Explore the alphabetical listings and interactive maps to find zoos and aquariums that are great for people and animals.