Average Lifespan of Animals – “Retro” Infographic

Average Lifespan of Animals

I’m not sure when this one came out, but my research shows that having been created for Compton’s Pictured Encyclopedia it was anywhere from 1922-1968.  My guess is one of the editions from the 1950s.  Regardless, this is a great graphic for visualizing the lifespans of different animals.  The numbers on the timeline correspond to years and while it’s not as accurate or comprehensive as we might be used to today, it’s fun too look back at the evolution of graphic data displays. [VIA]

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Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips — ZOO CAMS!

Field Trips — Zoos and Zoo Cams

Since today is Zoo Lovers Day, why not try a virtual visit to the zoo?  Here’s a list (by no means comprehensive) of some of the best webcams from zoos and animal parks from around the world!  Just remember, these are live and the animals will do what they want, so if you don’t see anyone, try again later.


Chattanooga Zoo  — Four cams set up, with tamarinds, snow leopard, and a spotted genet.

Houston Zoo — Like a window into Africa with elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, and even leaf-cutter ants.

Maryland Zoo  — Five cameras, featuring lions, flamingos, and goats (though not together).

National Zoo (Washington DC) — Four different cameras, including the pandas.

Reid Park Zoo (Tuscon AZ) — Seven cams show off their giraffes, lions, grizzly bears, and lemurs.

San Diego Zoo Live Cams — One dozen different cameras with a wide variety of species.



Barnegat Light Osprey Cam

Bison Cam  (via Earthcam, from the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie)

Djuma Private Game Reserve (Not one animal, but one cam, set up at the watering hole)

Falcon Cam (via Earthcam, from the Woodman Life Building in Omaha, NE)

Farallon Islands (Control the camera to look for marine mammals and nesting birds)

Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam

Zoo Miami “MeerKam”