How Do You Get All This Info?

If you read Next Door Zoo frequently, you may wonder where I get all the information for my blog posts. I do have a section at the bottom of each post that has the sources I used for each animal, but in this article, I will show you the sources that I use most frequently.


Maybe about half of the animals I write about are in one of these three books. Although these books do not provide me enough information to write an entire post, they are great sources if you want to read about an animal that has not yet made it on Next Door Zoo.

Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide*

This is a HUGE book that talks about almost every different type of animal you can imagine. It includes pictures and a short paragraph about each animal along with the normal facts such as size, range, and diet. This book organizes the animals by mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, and invertebrate. Within each section it is split up into more specific categories.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Animals of the World*

This next book only talks about mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, but it gives more information about each animal. The entries are broken up by continent and they are further divided by type of animal. For example, if you want to find a non-venomous snake that lives in South America, this is the best book to look in.

Smithsonian Handbooks: Reptiles and Amphibians*

As the title suggests, this is a smaller book that only contains reptiles and amphibians. Since the number of animals is smaller, the info about each animal is more complete. Don’t be fooled by this book being called a handbook, as it still contains a wealth of information and includes many animals you probably have never heard of.


I get most of the info for my blogs from various websites. Although the specific site is different each time, here are some sites I use at least one of for almost every animal.


This website is a great help for all of my blogs. It not only contains a detailed articles about thousands of animals, but the articles are also written in an organized form. This is by far my favorite website to retrieve info from.

National Geographic

You’ve probably already heard of National Geographic, but I’m putting it on this list because I use it frequently. Not every animals I write about is on here, but a lot of them are.

ADW (Animal Diversity Web)

A product of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, ADW is a great website for detailed information about seemingly every species of animal. The articles are slightly more scientific than most, but they are still great resources for information.

Zoos and Aquariums

I’m not linking to a website for this one because there are actually many websites that fall under this category. Dozens of zoos and aquariums throughout the United States and even the whole world  have articles about the different animals they house. Not every zoo is going to have an article with a lot of information, but many do.


So now you’ve seen my favorite sources for gathering information. If you want to see specifically for a certain article what sources I use, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and look  under the sources section.


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