With the Internet, kids can get "up close and personal" with all sorts of animals.
National Geographic Kids provides the excellent site with information on animals, great and small, from around the world.
The National Wildlife Federation has over 1,000 lesson plans designed to introduce students to life science, ecology, wildlife biology, scientific identification and observation. All lesson plans are aligned to the National Science Education Standards.
Topics include Habitat, Energy Conservation, Ecosystems, and Wildlife of all types.
Will Burrard-Lucas went to Botswana, Africa to photograph meerkats (think Timon in The Lion King). Who knew they were not afraid of humans.
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Journey North involves tracking the coming of spring around the world to help students gain a global systemic perspective.
Will Burrard-Lucas talks about his travels to the Makgadikgadi Pans region of Botswana and go into detail on "some of the most charismatic (and cutest) creatures in Africa – meerkats".
His web site features extraordinary images of all types of African wildlife and blog entries detailing his adventures.
Koko, a Lowland Gorilla born at the San Francisco Zoo, was an ambassador for gorillas all over the world. She spent her life at The Gorilla Foundation sanctuary in Woodside, California. Dr. Penny Patterson was her teacher and "mom" and lifelong friend. Penny taught Koko to speak through sign language and Koko inspired people around the world.
This resource, part of a larger website for The Gorilla Foundation, shows how Koko communicated and encourages students to learn to sign.
Information about particular animals, such as koalas, can be obtained at sites dedicated to the animal. More efficient than sifting thru online search engine results.
The Cheetah Conservation Fund is another site promoting conservation and providing facts on the fastest animal in the world.
The Virtual Gorilla Modeling Project (VGOR) was a collaborative summer workshop during which virtual observation of gorilla life is presented. It is modeled like a safari in which individual gorillas are tracked.
For more wonder, rewild the world
George Monbiot imagines a wilder world in which humans work to restore the complex, lost natural food chains that once surrounded us. Which, in return, will give us a richer existence.
See also: How Wolves Change Rivers in Rivers, Lakes, Seas, Bays, Ponds and Estuaries.
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The U.S. Geological Survey has set up a short unit for high school students about the effects of pollution on wildlife (exotoxicology).
The Alaska Science Center, part of the USGS, has a wide variety of images, videos, animated maps and more available for free download. You'll find videos of polar bears swimming and images of the Canada goose and Semipalmated Sandpipers.
Learn what influences sleep cycles in animals.
During the early days of the Web wildlife sites seemed to hurl animals into the classroom because they appeared so "real". For instance, a student can look into the eye of the panther--Bagheera ala Kipling!
National Geographic has created an index of animals from aardvarks to zebras, with pictures, maps and facts for each one. Some even include sounds!