Pictures of Animals

 

Our planet is home to animals in a vast variety of species in all shapes, sizes and colours. Each has its own special appeal. In these days of television and Internet, we have access to the most amazing wildlife documentaries and information, giving us an extraordinary insight into the animal kingdom. Even if we don’t have the possibility of travelling to far-off places and perhaps joining a safari, we can still enjoy incredible close-ups, from elephants in the savannas, gorillas in the Virunga Mountains to zebras on the African plains.

All enhanced by commentaries from experts such as world-famous British naturalist, Sir David Attenborough. This modern-day technology not only provides us with pleasure in watching wildlife but also raises our awareness of the ever increasing number of species that are endangered. But closer to home, wherever that may be, you’ll find a multitude of animals. Perhaps not very exotic, dangerous or likely to eat you, but certainly with their own unique quirks and qualities.

Also closer to home you have the possibility of seeing more exotic animals in a zoo. The purpose of a zoo these days is not only to educate visitors about wildlife, but also to help protect species that may be in danger by employing breeding programmes. Most zoos today try to treat their animals with consideration, creating enclosures that resemble the natural habitats of the animals. However, it is a sad fact that some zoos are still unregulated and do not treat their animals well.

Interesting fact: the oldest zoo still operating is the Tiergarten Schönbrunn in Vienna, Austria. It was opened in 1752.

The animal kingdom is fascinating in its variation. Animals are split primarily into vertebrates (with a backbone) and invertebrates (without a backbone). Groups of animals that make up the vertebrates are amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles. Invertebrates are immensely more numerous: arthropods, sponges, worms and molluscs are just a few categories. In the photos below you can see a range of many types – a bald eagle, wild cats and pet cats, flamingos and pigeons, pigs, dogs, beetles, bees, frogs, and more.

Interesting fact: to date, scientists have catalogued around 1.5 million different species. It is estimated that the number of species on earth could be as high as 100 million.


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