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Gale Announces Enhancements to Grzimek’s Animal Life

Gale (, a part of Cengage Learning, announced a major set of enhancements for Grzimek's Animal Life, the online resource covering more than 4,000 species of animals, including the addition of new content, navigational tools, and social networking capabilities.

"Grzimek's Animal Life is an interactive, media-rich knowledge portal," said Jason Bass, Gale's associate publisher, general reference. "Transforming the 17-volume print version of Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, into an online resource, was the first step in bringing this mainstay to life. The new enhancements provide students with additional tools to find authoritative content and support teachers with further alignments to the national science curriculum."

The following features are now available:

  • Complementary content from UXL Encyclopedia of Biomes, second edition, has been integrated to provide coverage on 12 of the earth's major biomes. Each biome is explained through comprehensive essays including detailed information on climate, elevation, soil, water bodies, vegetation, animal life, food web, plant and animal adaptations, and endangered species. Biomes are accessible through the main site navigation or a new interactive range map, powered by Google.
  • Academic journals have been made available to all pages through a tab on the news portlet.
  • Eighteen new essays are offered, including "Animalia," which explains the breath and diversity of animal life, written by Grzimek's Animal Life editorial board's editor-in-chief Nancy Simmons, chair of the division of vertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History. The other new essays cover additional groups including marsupials, bony fish, worms, and starfish.
  • Updated navigation aids browsing through animal groups and species.
  • Options to share articles through popular social networking and bookmarking sites are offered.
  • An OPAC connection allows libraries to expand search results to include their other holdings.

Free lesson plans, trials, webinars, interactive product previews, reviews, training videos, and more information are available at

Source: Gale, a part of Cengage Learning

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