Great horned owl facts, pictures and in-depth information: discover one of the largest, and most widespread, owls of the Americas…
A selection of books on prehistoric animals for those fascinated by early life…
Trilobite facts, pictures and in-depth information: discover a group of ancient arthropods that inhabited Earth hundreds of millions of years before the dinosaurs!
Ammonite facts, pictures and information.
Ammonites are prehistoric marine mollusks with distinctive curled shells. Once abundant in Earth’s oceans, ammonites – along with the dinosaurs and many other species – became extinct during the Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction Event that occurred around 66 million years ago.
Ammonites were cephalopods, and are related to living cephalopods such as octopuses and nautiluses.
Read on to find out more about these once-abundant prehistoric animals…
Human evolution timeline chart, with details on each of the major stages of human evolution.
On this page you’ll discover how modern humans evolved from the very first primates – animals that shared Earth with the dinosaurs over 80 million years ago.
Any list of the best nature documentaries ever made would include the work of Sir David Attenborough, including the acclaimed Planet Earth and Planet Earth II, Life On Earth and accompanying series such as The Life of Birds and The Private Life of Plants.
Other well-regarded nature documentaries include recent series such as Tiny World, narrated by Paul Rudd, and Our Planet, produced by Netflix.
On this page you’ll find a selection of the best nature documentaries. Our selection covers a number of natural history subjects and locations. If you love natural history then any of the titles on this list are likely to provide you with many hours of entertainment…
The groundhog – also known as a woodchuck – is a burrowing rodent in the squirrel family Sciuridae. It is found in grasslands and forests of the USA and Canada, and is unusual among marmots for living in lowland areas.
A groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil is central to the traditional Groundhog Day celebrations held each year on the 2nd of February in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
It’s said that if Phil emerges from his burrow and is able to see his shadow, then there will be six more weeks of winter. If Phil cannot see his shadow, then spring will arrive early!
Sadly, this year (2021) Phil did see his shadow!
On this page you’ll find groundhog facts, pictures and in-depth information on the species…
The major rivers of Africa include the Nile, Congo, Niger, Zambezi and Orange. These waterways are of vital importance to a continent in which many people live in poverty and many regions are dry. Africa’s rivers bring life to otherwise infertile and barren regions, enabling people to grow crops, catch fish and transport natural resources.
The annual blue wildebeest migration in East Africa is the world’s largest land migration, and one of the most famous of all natural spectacles.
During their annual circular migration, huge herds of over a million blue wildebeest travel a distance of around 1,000 miles (1,600 km) in search of fresh grazing and water.
Challenges faced by the blue wildebeest during the journey include crossing crocodile-infested rivers and the continuous threat of predation by animals such as lions, hyenas and cheetahs.
Welcome to the Active Wild Online Zoo, a virtual zoo for kids (& adults). Discover amazing animals from all over the world… without leaving your home!
- View incredible animal pictures;
- Discover amazing animals from all over the world;
- Talk about each species with other animal fans in the comments section on every page;
- Share the incredible species you’ve discovered with your friends on social media – there are share buttons on every page!
- New animals added regularly – be sure to visit often to see the new arrivals!
- You can download FREE “Dingo Dan” printable worksheets for use with the Online Zoo from this page: Free Printable Worksheets.
- You can learn more about the animal kingdom on this page: Animals: The Ultimate Guide.
For many people, a dog is part of the family – a companion and protector, always ready to play a game, or to keep its owners safe at night.
Dogs play an important role in the lives of many humans, not only as pets, but also as working dogs, helping to solve crimes, acting as our eyes if we can’t see, or rounding up sheep on a farm.
Dogs are known as “man’s best friend” and there’s a good reason for this; dogs improve our lives in many different ways!
On this page we’ll discover some amazing facts about dogs for kids (and adults!)