Harbor seals can weigh as much as 180 pounds. Their weight can be dangerous to small fish who might be caught ashore…

Harbor seals can weigh as much as 180 pounds. Their weight can be dangerous to small fish who might be caught ashore…

Pandas may appear sedentary, but they are actually skilled tree-climbers. Hang in there, guys.

Pandas may appear sedentary, but they are actually skilled tree-climbers. Hang in there, guys.

Seagulls are smarter than one might think. They learn, remember, and even pass on behaviors, which makes learning the cha cha slide quite simple. 
Teach your kids about the birds in their own backyard in the Kids Bird Guide of North America. Check it out here!

Seagulls are smarter than one might think. They learn, remember, and even pass on behaviors, which makes learning the cha cha slide quite simple.

Teach your kids about the birds in their own backyard in the Kids Bird Guide of North America. Check it out here!

A rabbit’s ears can be as long as four inches (but their hearts are even bigger). Happy Easter!

A rabbit’s ears can be as long as four inches (but their hearts are even bigger). Happy Easter!

Did you know that chickens are omnivores? They’ll eat seeds and insects but also larger prey like small mice and lizards. And possibly the occasional peep. Happy Easter indeed.

Did you know that chickens are omnivores? They’ll eat seeds and insects but also larger prey like small mice and lizards. And possibly the occasional peep. Happy Easter indeed.


Young rabbits mature quickly and are self-sufficient after only four or five weeks. That also means that they can decide to live life on the edge and do things like not fix their hair. 
Teach the young bunnies in your life how to take care of their pets (and their pets’ hair) in National Geographic Kids Everything Pets.

Young rabbits mature quickly and are self-sufficient after only four or five weeks. That also means that they can decide to live life on the edge and do things like not fix their hair.

Teach the young bunnies in your life how to take care of their pets (and their pets’ hair) in National Geographic Kids Everything Pets.

Chimpanzees live in social communities of several dozen animals. Sometimes they just need someone to hold them a little closer.

Chimpanzees live in social communities of several dozen animals. Sometimes they just need someone to hold them a little closer.

When polar bears aren’t busy hunting, they are usually sleeping or resting, likely hitting snooze on their internal alarm clock- like us on a Monday morning. 

Find more amusing photos and facts about animals and more in National Geographic Kids Almanac 2014!

When polar bears aren’t busy hunting, they are usually sleeping or resting, likely hitting snooze on their internal alarm clock- like us on a Monday morning.

Find more amusing photos and facts about animals and more in National Geographic Kids Almanac 2014!


Many birds’ feathers weigh more than their bones. Maybe that’s why this guy is so peeved.  

Many birds’ feathers weigh more than their bones. Maybe that’s why this guy is so peeved.  

Komodo dragons have thrived in the harsh climate of Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands for millions of years. While they might not thrive in a “Frozen” climate, they can still dream. 

Learn more about the animals of our world in Animal Encyclopedia!

Komodo dragons have thrived in the harsh climate of Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands for millions of years. While they might not thrive in a “Frozen” climate, they can still dream.


Learn more about the animals of our world in Animal Encyclopedia!


Female chimps reach reproductive age at 13, while males are not considered adults until they are 16 years old. Still, that does not deter them from trying their hand at some Ryan Gosling charm. 

Read about true animal love connections in our book, True Love: 24 Surprising Stories of Animal Affection.

Female chimps reach reproductive age at 13, while males are not considered adults until they are 16 years old. Still, that does not deter them from trying their hand at some Ryan Gosling charm.

Read about true animal love connections in our book, True Love: 24 Surprising Stories of Animal Affection.

The little owl is one of the most diurnal species of owl, meaning it is mostly active during the day. Although, you wouldn’t know it on a Monday morning…

The little owl is one of the most diurnal species of owl, meaning it is mostly active during the day. Although, you wouldn’t know it on a Monday morning…


A skunk’s scent bomb can travel as far as ten feet. In other words, don’t touch them. 
If you’re into icky things, our book, That’s Gross has all of the foul facts and fun you’ll need.

A skunk’s scent bomb can travel as far as ten feet. In other words, don’t touch them.

If you’re into icky things, our book, That’s Gross has all of the foul facts and fun you’ll need.


The black redstart typically feeds on larvae and insects, but in the autumn will incorporate fruits and berries— possibly in an effort to shed some of their “fluff.”

The black redstart typically feeds on larvae and insects, but in the autumn will incorporate fruits and berries— possibly in an effort to shed some of their “fluff.”