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Animal Science


Animal Science



SHOW ME SCIENCE - BIOLOGY: LAKE NAKURU - FLAMINGOS & FRIENDS

The lesser flamingo flourishes at one particular lake tucked away in the middle of Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya, Africa. Along the edges of the soda (sodium carbonate) lake are blooms of blue-green algae, their primary food source. It is the photosynthetic pigments or carotinoids in the algae that give these graceful birds their pink color. This colorful issue explores the dynamic relationship between flora and fauna in this unique environment.

DVD / 2014 / (Grades 4-9) / 17 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE - EARTH SCIENCE: WETLAND ANIMALS - BANDED STILTS

The Australian outback is home to a diverse group of organisms. When conditions are right, they play host to a distant, shoreline visitor the Banded Stilt. Though common to the country's coasts and tidal shallows, this bird travels great distances inland in search of a particular food at its inland breeding grounds. Due to an environmental event, the mystery behind this behavior was only recently discovered and documented. Cyclone Bobby started a chain reaction by flooding a dry salt lake that, when wet, supports a variety of algae, bacteria, and the all important brine shrimp. We see how animal life, microscopic organisms and the ecosystem are interconnected for the survival of all three.

DVD / 2014 / (Grades 4-9) / 15 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE - BIOLOGY: ZOOLOGY - THE MAGNIFICIENT MACAW

In this program, Jake Willers goes on an expedition to study endangered macaws and discover environments where the birds snack on clay licks to neutralize toxins in their diets. Macaws are intelligent, social birds that gather in large flocks and are native to Mexico, Central America, and South America. They are omnivores, feeding on fruits, seeds, nuts, insects, and clay. Macaws are vocal birds and communicate within the flock to mark territory, identify one another, and warn of predators. Because they are very colorful and some species can mimic human speech, they are highly sought after as exotic pets.

DVD / 2013 / (Grades 4-9) / 15 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE - OCEANOGRAPHY: DOLPHINS - HOW THEY LIVE, LEARN & COMMUNICATE

As mammals, humans and dolphins share a number of important biological characteristics. Both species are warm-blooded, have body hair, breathe air, give live birth and nurse their young. But is it possible that we have more in common? Do they like us? Can they reason and solve problems? Just how intelligent are these gentle marine mammals? In this program, join marine scientists from Florida to Hawaii who are trying to answer these and other questions about dolphins by studying how they live, learn and communicate. Comes complete with online teachers guide which includes subject matter revision and suggestions on how to present material, questions to ask students, career possibilities and class projects to help illustrate the key concepts.

DVD / 2012 / (Grades 4-9) / 15 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE ADVANCED - ECOLOGY: BATS CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

The Mexican free-tailed bat is one of the most abundant mammals in North America. Outside of San Antonio, Texas there is a cave that is home to over 40 million of these bats. Roosting in large numbers in relatively few areas makes them especially vulnerable to human disturbance and habitat destruction. Documented declines at some roosts are cause for concern because there is a delicate balance in the ecosystem that depends on the bats. There is also cause for concern among other bat species that are falling victim to white nose syndrome, which is a condition named for a distinctive fungal growth around the muzzles and on the wings of affected animals. It is a cold-loving fungus that grows at temperatures below 20 XC (68 XF). It grows on bats when they are hibernating in winter. The fungus appears to disrupt the normal patterns of hibernation, causing bats to arouse too frequently from torpor and starve to death. This program goes deep into the caves where the Mexican free-tailed bats roost and shows a glimpse into their behavior, reproductive habits, diet and how they utilize echolocation.

DVD / 2012 / (High School or above) / 17 minutes

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ANIMAL SCIENCE PART 1: PIG, COW, CHICKEN

The first section of this program gives viewers an understanding of how the domestic pig is different from the boar. The feeding and growth rate of piglets as well as the feeding and growth rate of adults are shown. The second section shows how domesticated dairy cows have produced more and more milk. Adaptations in the body, selection of the best qualities of these milk-providing adaptations are explained. The last section of this program provides viewers with an understanding of egg-laying hens, in egg producing farms.

DVD / 2009 / (Junior High, College) / 18 minutes

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ANIMAL SCIENCE PART 10: HUMMING BIRD, BAT, RAT

The flying technique of hummingbirds is detailed in the first section of this program. The adaptations that allow for their stationary flight include their size, skeleton, heart, wing and muscle structure. The second section explains how bats, the only mammal that can fly, have adaptations allowing it to sleep while hanging. Ultrasound and echolocation help bats navi- gate and hunt for food. The Norway rat (or sewer rat) is highlighted in the third section of this program. This nocturnal animal has poor eyesight and relies on its whiskers for navigation.

The program examines the structure of rat's teeth and demonstrates the use of lab rats in scientific research.


DVD / 2009 / (Junior High, College) / 18 minutes

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ANIMAL SCIENCE PART 11: BEAVER, TURTLE, TROUT

The first section of this program examines the anatomy, habitat and behavior of the beaver. An explanation of the structure of their teeth gives students an understanding of how the beaver handles building material in constructing a dam. The second section highlights the wood turtle. Students will learn about the turtle's internal anatomy as well as the structure of its shell. Predators, such as the fox, skunk and raccoon, prey on a turtle's softer structures, like the legs. The Brook Trout, highlighted in the third section, is in the same family as the salmon. They spawn in fresh water, and viewers can see how these fish lay eggs. Trout's survival in the cold water is explained. Although the trout is not an endangered species, their habitat has been moved farther and farther into the wild, because of urbanization. Dangers to the trout include pollution, other animals and humans.

DVD / 2009 / (Junior High, College) / 18 minutes

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ANIMAL SCIENCE PART 12: SHEEP, CAT, JUMPER HORSE

The artificial breeding of sheep using laparoscopic methods is explained in the first part of this program. The second section highlights the ability of the domestic cat to balance on a variety of surfaces, using their eyes, claws, whiskers, tail and muscular system. In addition, the video explains the inner ear anatomy and how it helps the cat's equilibrium. The last section of this program shows how horses are trained to be jumpers. A horse is not naturally inclined to jump, so the training of these horses is vital. The physiology of how horses lift off and land in a jump is detailed with an emphasis on the connection between horse and rider.

DVD / 2009 / (Junior High, College) / 18 minutes

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ANIMAL SCIENCE PART 13: BACTERIA, VIRUS, FLEA

Parasitism is discussed in the first section of this program with a comparison of predatorprey and parasite-host relationships. Students will get an understanding of the flea's habits, anatomy and behavior. The structure of bacteria, single-celled organisms, is given in the second section of this program. A comparison of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria is discussed, as well as their harmful and beneficial functions. The last section of this program helps viewers understand what viruses are and how they can infect a host. The influenza virus is highlighted, providing a discussion of vaccination.

DVD / 2009 / (Junior High, College) / 18 minutes

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ANIMAL SCIENCE PART 2: SNOW GOOSE, HERON, EGRET

The snow goose's habitat, anatomy and behavior are shown in the first section of this program. It explains the ability of the snow goose to migrate, using its own 'navigation system' and details the bird's pulmonary system. The Great Blue Heron's anatomy begins the second section of this program. To fish for its prey the heron has the ability to stand still, while its eyes can move to search for prey. It also moves about or 'prowls' for fish. The heron's skeletal structure keeps it stable. The third section of this program details the egret's behavior and gives a comparison of the Cattle Egret's and the Snowy Egret's habitat and anatomy. The Egret's bone structure shows the ability of this bird to fly.

DVD / 2009 / (Junior High, College) / 18 minutes

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ANIMAL SCIENCE PART 3: ANT, LADYBUG, SPIDER

The first section of this program provides viewers a detailed look at the chemical identity of ants. Watching ants in their colony, students see how ant pheromones directly affect their behavior. The second section details the defense mechanisms of ladybug larvae and adult ladybugs, including their bright coloration, flying and the bitter taste that they give off to feeding predators. The third section highlights the predatory behavior of spiders using intri-cate webs to trap their food.

DVD / 2009 / (Junior High, College) / 18 minutes

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ANIMAL SCIENCE PART 4: SALAMANDER, GARGER SNAKE, FROG

The metamorphosis of the salamander is shown in the first section of this program. Different types of salamanders are highlighted and the adaptations providing them with protection from predators. Regeneration of tails or legs that have been bitten off by predators is detailed. The garter snake's hunting technique and adaptations for feeding are shown in the second section. The last part of this program shows the anatomical adaptations that allow frogs to live in a habitat near or in water.

DVD / 2009 / (Junior High, College) / 18 minutes

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ANIMAL SCIENCE PART 5: SNAIL, LEECH, WORM

The first section of this program shows the body shape and anatomy of snails. Movement, protection against predators and reproduction is highlighted. Leech's anatomy and feeding habits provide the content for the second section. Viewers are shown leech movement and reproduction. The last section details anatomical information on the earthworm. Color, movement and parts of its body, including the reproductive organs, are highlighted.

DVD / 2009 / (Junior High, College) / 18 minutes

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ANIMAL SCIENCE PART 6: HOWLER MONKEY, IGUANA, PARROT

The Howler Monkey, the subject of the first section of this program, is the largest primate of the 'New World' and is shown in the jungles of Costa Rica. The section shows the Howler Monkey's anatomy, highlighting its prehensile tail and hands, and vocal tract. The second section of this program is about the Iguana. An explanation of why ultraviolet rays are important to the growth and health of the iguana gives students an insight into the importance of the iguana's parietal or 'third eye'. The last section in this program is about the Amazon Parrot. Amazon Parrots live in social groups and communicate in a variety of vocalizations. A comparison of the vocal capabilities of humans and parrots is detailed.

DVD / 2009 / (Junior High, College) / 18 minutes

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ANIMAL SCIENCE PART 7: SEAL, POLAR BEAR, SLOTH

By viewing the first section of this program, students will learn how the seal, a marine mammal, has evolved. Adaptations of seals to water and land, including movement, body temperature and body organs, are highlighted. In the second section, traits of the polar bear, such as types of fur, body temperature and shivering give viewers an understanding of how this animal protects itself against the cold of its habitat. The third section gives viewers information about the sloth and how its body is adapted to its tree-hanging lifestyle and lack of movement. Body temperature, slow metabolism, hook-like claws help the sloth survive the weather, lack of food and predators.

DVD / 2009 / (Junior High, College) / 18 minutes

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ANIMAL SCIENCE PART 8: ELEPHANT, BISON, GIRAFFE

The infrasound that elephants employ is explained in the first section of this program. This unique way of communication is used by elephants to warn of predators, for mating calls and maintaining contact with others in their family groups. Students will see elephants help the renewal of vegetation and the promotion of diversity of species. In the second section of this program, differences in anatomy between Wood Buffalo and Plains Bison provide viewers with an understanding of the largest land mammal of North America. The giraffe and the advantages of its long neck, tongue, and grazing habits are shown in the last section. The anatomy of the giraffe with the same number of vertebrae as humans, and the most powerful heart of any land mammal provides viewers with insights into its physiology.

DVD / 2009 / (Junior High, College) / 18 minutes

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ANIMAL SCIENCE PART 9: HORSE, DEER, WOLF

The first section outlines the history of horse domestication, detailing the craft of horse shoeing. Behavior of wild horses living on an island in the Atlantic Ocean gives viewers insight into how all horses once lived. The second section shows the Virginia deer, highlighting antler growth and structure, and deer communication through pheromone secretion. The last section is about the wolf. Wolves are considered super predators because they hunt in packs, are fearless and can travel long distances. Complex social relationships in wolf packs are based on dominance. The dominant male's behavior and communication within the pack are shown as well as the structure and function of wolf's teeth.

DVD / 2009 / (Junior High, College) / 18 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE - BIOLOGY: THE ABUNDANT BEETLES

There are approximately 1 ? million known species of animals on earth. About a quarter of these species are beetles. This program provides a fascinating look at the world's most abundant and successful forms of insect life, as it details the life cycles of two of its representatives, the fearsomely predatory tiger beetle and the familiar ladybug.

DVD / 2008 / (Grades 4-9) / 26 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE - BIOLOGY: UNDERSTANDING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

Are animals intelligent? Bees communicate with each other and monkeys use rocks and sticks to help them get food. Is this instinctual or is it evidence of thought? Some scientists believe that one measure of intelligence is self-awareness and that an animal's reaction to its own image in a mirror can tell us whether or not it is self-aware. This program looks at fish, birds, monkeys and primates and their reactions to themselves in a mirror. Researchers look for signs of self-recognition as they observe, record and interpret the reactions of these animals. Includes suggestions for careers in this field of study.

DVD / 2008 / (Grades 4-9) / 15 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE - BIOLOGY: UNDERSTANDING FROGS & TOADS

Fossils show us that frogs and toads made their appearances on earth at least 100 million years ago. They are amphibians, cold-blooded animals that were among the first backboned animals to leave the water for life on land. This program features a fascinating array of these intriguing creatures as it begins with the typical frog and toad life cycle, diet and defense mechanisms and goes on to show some of the interesting adaptations which have enabled frogs and toads to survive and thrive in such a diversity of habitats. Includes suggestions for careers in this field of study.

DVD / 2008 / (Grades 4-9) / 24 minutes

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KIDS @ DISCOVERY: DINO WORLD!

This Jurassic episode will take you back to the Mesozoic era, when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. Learn about different types of dinosaurs and how they lived, and the debate behind what caused dino extinction. Was it a dinosaur war, the changing landscape and atmosphere, or did a huge asteroid wipe them out? See how massive dinosaur museum replicas are constructed and learn how you can discover dinosaur fossils in your own home.

DVD / / (Grades K-5) / 23 minutes

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KIDS @ DISCOVERY: ENDANGERED SPECIES!

Take a tour through Toronto's Exotarium, home of many of the world's endangered species. Some of these rare animals include the golden lion tamarin monkey, red foot tortoise, black-footed ferret, and real Tasmanian devils. Learn why these scarce species have reached or passed the point of extinction and what efforts are being put forth to reintroduce them to the wild.

DVD / / (Grades 2-6) / 23 minutes

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RETURN TO THE DUNES

Return to the Dunes tells the remarkable tale of the project to restore African elephants to their former home in South Africa. Watch the herd as they surmount dangerous obstacles that unfold in the African wilderness and follow the journey of these majestic creatures as they cross thousands of miles to a new South African park reserve. The mysteries of the world's largest land mammal are brought into question. Where do they go? What do they do? And ultimately, will they survive and re-establish the old migration routes - or is the past gone forever?

DVD / / (Grades 9 or above) / 45 minutes

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SHARKS OF THE GREAT WHITE NORTH

The Sharks of the Great White North are disappearing, and no one knows why. This program explores the reasons for the declining population of shark species that inhabit the shores of North America. Blue Sharks, Greenland Sharks, Six Gill Sharks and Porbeagles are examined in their natural habitats using the latest underwater photography technology. These advanced devices capture never before seen footage and give unprecedented access to the frigid waters of the shark's habitat. Follow the world's leading researchers and see how they are frantically working against the clock to gather data on these magnificent animals.

DVD / / (Grades 9 or above) / 45 minutes

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SHEEP OF STONE

High on the alpine prairie of Mount Toodoggone, life survives on the narrowest of margins. With treacherous terrain and wind chills of -75X C, it's easy to understand why less than half a dozen types of animals live here year-round. The Sheep of Stone are one of these rare species who have adapted to their environment, which allows them to survive in this extreme climate. Isolated, they have evolved both physical and behavioral characteristics that make them distinct even from their closest relatives. Because of their geographic isolation, these exotic animals are providing new insights into one of the fundamental forces of evolution, the bond between geology and genetics. Viewers will see a world rarely documented in the remote regions of the Spatsizi Wilderness and gain understanding of the evolutionary relationship that exists between geology and genetics.

DVD / / (Grades 9 or above) / 45 minutes

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