Featured Creature: Mangroves

Mangrove tree over and under water surface, green foliage above waterline and roots with marine life underwater, Caribbean sea

What creature lives in salty or brackish water, provides an ideal breeding ground for countless organisms, and helps maintain a thriving planet?

The Mangrove!

Featured Creature: Zombie Ant Fungus

What creature preys on ants and other insects, invading their bodies, seizing control of their minds, and killing them off to reproduce, all the while inspiring zombie stories that terrify us humans?

Welcome to Zombie Ant Fungus, or Ophiocordyceps Unilateralis!

Featured Creature: Wombats

What creature roams the Australian Outback, extends its hospitality to others in times of need, and eludes predators with a unique rear end?

The tiny, mighty wombat! This little roly-poly ball of densely matted fur is a staple of Australia’s menagerie of weird and wonderful creatures.

Featured Creature: Mantis Shrimp

What creature has the best and most adaptable eyesight in the natural world, packs a wicked punch harder than a bullet and can change its body colors at will?

This would be the mantis shrimp in the stomatopod family!

Featured Creature: Cats

What mammal makes a mysterious sound that scientists can’t figure out, can jump straight up to a height eight times their body length, and loves us when we love them?

Felis catus, the mostly tame, sometimes feral, house cat!