Hedgehogs usually curl up into a ball and sleep through the day, awaking at night only to hunt for food. That pretty much sums up our ideal Monday.

Hedgehogs usually curl up into a ball and sleep through the day, awaking at night only to hunt for food. That pretty much sums up our ideal Monday.

Domestic cats have light-reflecting eyes which allow them to see very well in the dark, making Fourth of July fireworks all the more exciting!

Domestic cats have light-reflecting eyes which allow them to see very well in the dark, making Fourth of July fireworks all the more exciting!

Pandas are often seen eating in a relaxed sitting posture, with their hind legs stretched out before them. They may appear sedentary, but they are skilled tree-climbers and efficient swimmers and totally know how to do yoga.

Pandas are often seen eating in a relaxed sitting posture, with their hind legs stretched out before them. They may appear sedentary, but they are skilled tree-climbers and efficient swimmers and totally know how to do yoga.

Sometimes flamingos engage in group displays, such as “wing salutes” and “marching,” that serve to synchronize the group hormonal cycle for breeding. In other words, they have some fancy dance moves. 

Learn all about flamingos, and find fun animal facts and photos at kids.nationalgeographic.com!

Sometimes flamingos engage in group displays, such as “wing salutes” and “marching,” that serve to synchronize the group hormonal cycle for breeding. In other words, they have some fancy dance moves.

Learn all about flamingos, and find fun animal facts and photos at kids.nationalgeographic.com!

For red-tailed hawks, breeding season initiates a spectacular sequence of aerial acrobatics, which ends with the birds linking talons and falling as they spiral toward the ground. It’s not hawkward at all. 

Learn how to identify the birds in your own backyard this summer with our new kids birding guide!

For red-tailed hawks, breeding season initiates a spectacular sequence of aerial acrobatics, which ends with the birds linking talons and falling as they spiral toward the ground. It’s not hawkward at all.

Learn how to identify the birds in your own backyard this summer with our new kids birding guide!

When winter arrives, black bears spend the season dormant in their dens, feeding on body fat they have built up by eating ravenously all summer and fall. Sometimes they get sleepy a bit early. 

Find more adorable baby animals in Welcome to the World, our new keepsake baby book!

When winter arrives, black bears spend the season dormant in their dens, feeding on body fat they have built up by eating ravenously all summer and fall. Sometimes they get sleepy a bit early.

Find more adorable baby animals in Welcome to the World, our new keepsake baby book!

Mountain goats have rough pads on the bottom of each toe provide the grip of a natural climbing shoe. Mountain goats often appear at precipitous heights showcasing their climbing abilities, sometimes rendering them lost…

Mountain goats have rough pads on the bottom of each toe provide the grip of a natural climbing shoe. Mountain goats often appear at precipitous heights showcasing their climbing abilities, sometimes rendering them lost…


Beluga whales live together in small groups, communicating with a language of clicks, whistles, and clangs. Belugas can also mimic a variety of other sounds, maybe even a human “hello.”

Beluga whales live together in small groups, communicating with a language of clicks, whistles, and clangs. Belugas can also mimic a variety of other sounds, maybe even a human “hello.”


Male fiddler crabs have an enlarged major claw that they use to discourage rivals when they’re searching for a mate. Don’t mess with them when they’re feeling crabby. 

Learn all about the animals and critters you might run into on the beach this summer in our Field Guide to the Water’s Edge!

Male fiddler crabs have an enlarged major claw that they use to discourage rivals when they’re searching for a mate. Don’t mess with them when they’re feeling crabby.

Learn all about the animals and critters you might run into on the beach this summer in our Field Guide to the Water’s Edge!

Opossums are excellent tree climbers and spend much of their time aloft. 
Hang in there, guys! It’s Friday.

Opossums are excellent tree climbers and spend much of their time aloft.

Hang in there, guys! It’s Friday.

Female lions are the breadwinners in their prides. They do all of the hunting, which means sometimes they need to stop for a well-deserved cat nap. 

Learn how you can help us save these adorable big cats in Mission: Lion Rescue!

Female lions are the breadwinners in their prides. They do all of the hunting, which means sometimes they need to stop for a well-deserved cat nap.

Learn how you can help us save these adorable big cats in Mission: Lion Rescue!

Elephants do not sleep much. They roam over great distances while foraging for the large quantities of food that they require to sustain their massive bodies. Piggyback ride please!

Elephants do not sleep much. They roam over great distances while foraging for the large quantities of food that they require to sustain their massive bodies. Piggyback ride please!

Hippos, though large in size, are actually very graceful in water. They’re strong swimmers, and are able hold their breath underwater for up to five minutes. Fancy! 

Check out our fun, fact-filled Animal Encyclopedia to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the animals in our world!

Hippos, though large in size, are actually very graceful in water. They’re strong swimmers, and are able hold their breath underwater for up to five minutes. Fancy!

Check out our fun, fact-filled Animal Encyclopedia to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the animals in our world!

There are two types of alpacas: the suri and the huacaya. The suri has long, silky dreadlocks, while the huacaya has wooly, dense fleece. But both enjoy a good summer vacation! 
 
 

There are two types of alpacas: the suri and the huacaya. The suri has long, silky dreadlocks, while the huacaya has wooly, dense fleece. But both enjoy a good summer vacation!