Children and adults alike who want to learn more about the numerous animals living around the world may find it difficult to know which resources give the most reliable factual information. Fortunately, there are several excellent online resources about animals around the world as well as regional or local animal resources. This list includes sites that are helpful to both children and adults for schoolwork, fun or hobby.
Best Worldwide Animal Networks
Complete List of Animals – Animals Network
The Animals Network has a very good navigation system that makes it easy to search for animals alphabetically, a subsection on dog breeds, and a list of worldwide national parks to see many animals in person. For homework or classroom purposes, the site includes information on how to cite information for papers or reports. This is a great first place to look because it includes images of each animal, description, facts, habitat, and whether they make good pets. You can also find a quick facts section which includes scientific name, lifespan, size, diet and conservation status. Students can also search for similar animals by scientific classification or category.
National Geographic has two websites for information on animals. Their , designed for adults, includes stunning videos and photography of animals in their habitats. This site's best feature is the photos taken by National Geographic photographers, and they are well worth viewing. The factual information is more basic than the Complete List of Animals. includes an animal section designed primarily for young children through primary school.
World Wildlife Fund
is designed to showcase endangered animals around the world, and it contains many images, not quite as beautiful as those on the National Geographic site. Since it only focuses on the animals they are helping, there are fewer to look at. You can search their for specific animals.
There are many regional resources including parks, zoos and animal rescue organizations. Some are devoted to a single animal species while others have featured groups of animals. Parks generally have excellent information regarding their own animal population. Your best bet is to search for organizations "near me" to see what is local.
Other Endangered Animal Sites
There are several organizations like the World Wildlife Fund that help save different species of animals. Each of those organizations offers distinct information about the animals they work to save. These organizations can provide more specific information about the endangered status of each animal.