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Dolphins and Porpoises Swim the Oceans Blue

by Edgar Martinez, age 12

Dolphins and porpoises are amazing swimmers. Both species are often seen leaping above the ocean waves. But did you know that dolphins have to swim up to the surface to breathe air?

There are 35 different types of dolphins. Many of them have little to no sense of smell. They use their taste buds to taste the food they eat, including water. Consuming water helps alert dolphins to nearby food because small particles of food float in it. [Read More]

Octopuses Love to Solve Puzzles and Trick Humans

But Don't Call Them Octopi

by Enjoyiana Nururdin, age 16

The word “octopus” comes from the Greek word meaning eight legs. (By the way, because it is Greek, not Latin, the word's plural is octopuses, not octopi.) Octopuses surprise and delight us in many ways. They stalk prey while hiding in plain sight, use complex brains to solve puzzles, and eject midnight-blue ink. All that, however, is only the beginning. [read more]

Meet Sparklemuffin And Skeletorus, Newly Discovered Peacock Spiders

Peacock spiders are very small arachnids found in Eastern Australia. These creepy crawlies are as small as a pencil eraser. The male peacock spider is well known for its bright colors and showy mating dance, so it is bound to attract any Arachnologist. [read more]

Henry Vilas Zoo Welcomes Two Somali Wild Asses

Out of the 600 Somali Wild Asses in the world, two of them were sent to our own Henry Vilas Zoo, earlier this summer.

These unique donkeys can live for up to 20 years. The Somali Wild Ass stands a staggering four-feet tall at the shoulders and weighs approximately 600 pounds in adulthood. The Wild Ass prefers to live in hilly deserts and fairly arid grasslands around Northern Ethiopia and Northwestern Somalia in Africa. In these lands, they feed on grass, shrubs, and various other plants. [read more]

Archive: All Recent Animal Watch Articles


King cobras use their tongues to smell, find prey, and search for a mate. They live in Southeast Asia and are found in clearings and bamboo thickets. King cobras love to eat lizards and snakes—even venomous snakes. Cobras often climb trees when looking for prey, which they hunt by tasting the air with their tongues. The deadly snake kills its prey with its poisonous venom, which instantly paralyzes the unsuspecting victim. [read more...]
Wisconsin rivers are threatened, not only because of run-off but also invasive species. Invasive snails and the parasites they carry have recently been added to the list because of the harm they pose toward people and animals. [read more...]
Did you know that the ostrich is the biggest bird in the world? It may also be one of the strangest birds in the world. The ostrich lives in the sandy grasslands of Africa. Male ostriches are black with white plumage on their tails and wings. In contrast, female ostriches are sandy-gray. Both males' and females' coloring helps them camouflage when sitting on their eggs. [read more...]
Nudibranchs, pronounced “new-dih-bronks” are sea slugs, or jelly-like invertebrates that roam shallow ocean floors around the world. There are more than 3,000 known species of nudibranchs and new types are always being discovered. Nudibranchia, their scientific name, means “naked gill”; this refers to the feathery gills and horns that they have on their backs. [read more...]
Guinea pigs are popular pets because they’re very timid. They love to cuddle and they come in different colors. Wild guinea pigs are found in the mountain ranges and grasslands of South America. They eat seeds, grass and other types of plants. To get away from predators, they hide in rocks or very tall grass. [read more...]
Guinea pigs are popular pets because they’re very timid. They love to cuddle and they come in different colors. Wild guinea pigs are found in the mountain ranges and grasslands of South America. They eat seeds, grass and other types of plants. To get away from predators, they hide in rocks or very tall grass. [read more...]
Have you ever wondered how some animals survive extreme desert heat? The species who inhabit desert regions use various tactics to survive. The desert has lethal surface temperatures reaching up to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. To combat the deadly heat, some animals are constantly on the prowl for water. Consuming water helps these animals maintain low body temperatures. [read more...]
Did you know that the ostrich is the biggest bird in the world? It may also be one of the strangest birds in the world. The ostrich lives in the sandy grasslands of Africa. Male ostriches are black with white plumage on their tails and wings. In contrast, female ostriches are sandy-gray. Both males' and females' coloring helps them camouflage when sitting on their eggs. [read more...]
The Norway lemming is a small but well-built, animal. It is well-adapted its freezing cold habitat. The Norway lemming can be found in northern Europe, Norway, Sweden, Finland and northwestern Russia. [read more...]
Wolves are ferocious, dangerous animals. These animals have 42 deadly teeth and powerful jaws, which they use when hunting together in packs. [read more...]
The world’s largest leopard lives on the island of Sri Lanka. Though it is well known for its size, this yellow-furred, brown-spotted species is not as abundant as it once was. In fact, the Sri Lankan Leopard is currently classified as an endangered species by the International Union of the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Poaching and other, harmful kinds of human interaction have led to the leopard’s near-demise. [read more...]
Snow leopards are very powerful creatures. Silent, stealthy, and shy, these animals are great hunters and runners. Snow leopards mostly live in mountainous lands. They prefer to stay in cold environments, where their long, thick fur protects them from the cold. The big nose of a snow leopard is used to turn the cold air it breathes inward into warm air before it reaches the animal's lungs. Young snow leopards must stay with their mothers until their fur has grown long enough for them to stay warm on their own—usually about two years. [read more...]
Dart poison frogs live in tropical rainforests in Central and South America. They can be easily identified by their beautiful colors. They come in exciting hues: bright red, neon blue, lime green and yellow. They are also lethally venomous. [read more...]
Cavia Porcellus is the scientific name for guinea pigs, plump and tailless rodents who are also known as “cavies.” [read more...]
Bloodsuckers, bloodsuckers, bloodsuckers. They live all around the world—maybe even in your house. [read more...]
Did you know that there are many levels of endangered species, not just one? Being “endangered” means the population of a species is becoming dangerously low. [read more...]
Animals, plants, birds, and insects display many different colors; blue, red, yellow, green, and more. Some living creatures are patterned, while others are multicolored. Their colors serve to ensure the survival of their species. [read more...]
Butterflies often grace the skies with their beautiful presence. But these winged-creatures haven’t always been so beautiful: they transition from caterpillars to become their final form. [read more...]
For years, scientists have been asking why beluga whales blow bubbles. Though they are not sure of the answer, several theories have been formed over time. [read more...]
The Arctic is not a place many humans would call home, however, but it's just that for some birds. Though most birds live in warm climates and migrate elsewhere when it gets cold, Arctic birds stick it out through each freezing winter. Arctic birds live in the treeless tundra. [read more...]
There are 3,400 snake species in the world. These slithering reptiles live everywhere except Antarctica. Twenty-one of these species, two of which are poisonous, live in Wisconsin. These are the timber rattlesnake and the massasauga rattler. [read more...]
Whether you are a child or an adult, love is important for everyone - even animals. Unfortunately, not every animal has the opportunity to find love. [read more...]
Polar bears are in a crisis due to Arctic Ice melting in Canada, a 2016 study published by Canadian researchers in Arctic Science suggests. Three decades of melting ice has caused substantial weight loss among the Earth’s most southern group of polar bears, the study indicates. [read more...]
In the animal kingdom, different species have unique characteristics and tactics for survival. Some animals in particular rely on their shells. [read more...]
Animals living in the freezing Arctic have adapted in several ways to survive. Seals survive the frigid water because of their thick skin, for example. In contrast, sea lions can stay out of the water because they have back flippers to push themselves around on land. [read more...]
The desert jerboa, a small but fast kangaroo-like rodent, has adapted to live in barren lands and desert environments. An animal that not many people know about, the jerboa’s lifespan lasts only about two years. This rodent feeds on seeds, stems, roots of grasses, plants, and occasionally insects. There are 32 types of jerboas whose habitats range across North Africa, the Sahara and the Middle East. [read more...]
You know what they say, the stirrings of a butterfly's wings might cause a hurricane. However, butterflies’ wings have been stirring a lot less lately. [read more...]
Siberian Tigers, also known as Panthera Tigris Altica, are the biggest of the big cats. These creatures are among the most ferocious predators in the animal kingdom. They live in north-eastern China and North and South Korea. Like the closely related Snow leopard, Unicia unicia, Siberian Tigers thrive in extremely cold weather. [read more...]
Ants of the Formica Fusca species have discovered a way to fight off harmful fungal infections. They have discovered that hydrogen peroxide, though normally very dangerous to them, can sometimes be salubrious or, good for their health. [read more...]
Did you know that the word “hippopotamus” is Greek for river horse? The horse and hippopotamus certainly have many similarities like wide nostrils and small ears; however, the hippopotamus more closely resembles a really big pig. [read more...]
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Puma and a Cougar? That was a trick question. "Puma" and "Cougar" are actually just nicknames for the Mountain Lion, which is not really a lion at all. The name was given to this cat relative because it resembles a female lioness. Another cat relative with a trick in its name is the Bobcat. [read more...]
Giraffes are like snowflakes – no two look alike. But giraffes share characteristics; they have huge hearts and tongues, to they only give birth to one calf and their “vulnerable” status. On average, giraffes tend to live 20-25 years. Like any other mammal, they have vertebrae. [read more...]
What’s black, white, and fishy all over? The Short-Beaked Common Dolphin species, that’s who. The Short-Beaked Common Dolphins’ scientific name is Delphinus Delphi. Dolphins live in temperate and warm waters. They can reach six and a half to eight and a half feet in length and typically weigh 155 to 250 pounds. [read more...]
Spring has finally sprung. Hello flowers, bees, and honey! But how is honey made? Honey is a very versatile food. People use it to sweeten drinks and foods, eat it plain, or put it on food as a topping. However, there is a long process before this sweet goo ends up on your plate. [read more...]
Paleontologists have argued over the years about whether dinosaurs were cold-blooded or warm-blooded. Due to varying evidence, multiple theories have emerged. [read more...]
For years, spider silk was known as the strongest biological material, but a recent discovery has changed that. A new substance found in nature is five times stronger than spider silk: limpet teeth. Limpets are aquatic snails with extremely strong teeth. [read more...]
Bivalves are well-known marine organisms. There are many bivalves that cover the ocean floor. Some types are clams, scallops, quahogs, oysters, mussels, and cockles. [read more...]
The green mamba is a stealthy snake found in sub-Saharan Africa. Although it is not as menacing as an anaconda, messing with this slippery serpent could cost you your life. [read more...]
The Arctic, a frigid area with few trees and vegetation, is where the tundra lies. During the dark winter, the temperature lowers to -76 degrees Fahrenheit, thus making the tundra one of the most unlivable places on earth. [read more...]
People around Wisconsin often don’t get to witness a Chesapeake in the wild. The blue crab is native to Western Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Somehow, a Chesapeake turned up in the northern waters of the Mississippi River. The crab had traveled over 1,000 miles through river dams. Remarkably, it survived. [read more...]
Dolphins and porpoises are amazing swimmers. Both species are often seen leaping above the ocean waves. But did you know that dolphins have to swim up to the surface to breathe air? [read more...]
Ruling the ocean with eight legs, stalking prey while hiding in plain sight, using complex brains to release crabs out of cages, and ejecting poison and midnight-blue ink, octopuses are one of the smart and most intriguing animals in the world. [read more...]
Peacock spiders are very small arachnids found in Eastern Australia. These creepy crawlies are as small as a pencil eraser. The male peacock spider is well known for its bright colors and showy mating dance, so it is bound to attract any Arachnologist [read more...]
Out of the 600 Somali Wild Asses in the world, two of them were sent to our own Henry Vilas Zoo, earlier this summer. [read more...]
There are several unique animals that live in the Atlantic Ocean. One animal that swims the great waters of the Atlantic is the great white shark. The large fish have an unexpected diet. Great White Shark do not eat people, but instead fish, seals, and penguins. [read more...]