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dove – bird – vertebrate salmon – fish – vertebrate sea urchin - echinoderm – invertebrate iguana - lizard - reptile – vertebrate ant – insect - invertebrate coral – anthozoa – invertebrate mussel – mollusc – invertebrate jellyfish – invertebrate


My friends call me Muddy.
I'm a meerkat.
Are you a meerkat? photo: adobe stock
I'm Mudiwa.

There are many many MANY kinds of animals on our planet.

I'm Amy.

On this website you can find out about different kinds of animals.

There are stories about different animals, like Chikombo and Tanya.

photo: shutterstock photo: David Brodie all photos: adobe stock unless otherwise stated
Photo: David Brodie
tapeworm (flatworm) – cestoda – invertebrate
snake – reptile –vertebrate
mosquito – insect – invertebrate carp - fish –vertebrate
frog – amphibian – vertebrate
rat – mammal – vertebrate tansy beetle – insect – invertebrate elephant – mammal – vertebrate
Photo: David Brodie
dolphin – mammal - vertebrate octopus – mollusc – invertebrate apple maggot – young insect – invertebrate crocodile – reptile – vertebrate seal – mammal – vertebrate orca (killer whale) – mammal – vertebrate toad – amphibian – vertebrate slug – mollusc – invertebrate oyster – mollusc – invertebrate polar bear – mammal – vertebrate lobster – crustacean– invertebrate monkey – mammal – vertebrate bee – insect– invertebrate spider – invertebrate penguin – bird – vertebrate turtle – reptile – vertebrate grasshopper – insect – invertebrate human – mammal – vertebrate Photos: All are Adobe Stock except where otherwise stated.

There are many many MANY kinds of animals on our planet.


Some swim, some fly.

Some can only wriggle.


Some have bones, some have shells.

Others are soft and squishy.


Some have babies, most lay eggs.

They get ready for the future.


Some have hair, some have feathers.

Some are just ... yeuch! ... slimy.


Some eat meat, some eat veg,

Some eat cheesy pizza.

Some animals are meerkats. But not all of them! We're all passengers, travelling together through cold space. Here's just one passenger ...
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It's their home. It's my home. It's your home.
My name's Mbali. I'm Mudiwa's Mum all photos: adobe stock unless otherwise stated photo: adobe stock
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