Gale Announces Enhancements to Grzimek’s Animal Life

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced a major set of enhancements for Grzimek’s Animal Life, the comprehensive 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, 2nd 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, endangered species and more. 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.
  • 18 new essays 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, starfish, and more.
  • Updated navigation to aid easier browsing through animal groups and species.
  • Options to share articles through popular social networking and bookmarking sites.
  • An OPAC connection allowing libraries to expand search results to include their other holdings.

Since its initial release in October 2009, Grzimek’s Animal Life has received a 5-star rating from Multimedia & Internet @ Schools and was named as the Top of the List Reference Source for 2009 by Booklist.

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

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at [email protected].

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