Gale Launches Digital Version of Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia

Farmington Hills, Mich., Oct. 12, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of Grzimek’s Animal Life as an interactive, media-rich online interface.

Based on the 17-volume print version Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia, long regarded as a leading source of information on “everything animal,” this digital resource is part of the next generation of resources from Gale, designed as a new knowledge portal to bring “power to the user.”

This knowledge portal includes information on more than 4,000 species, covering topics such as evolution, habitat, behavior, ontology, conservation status and more. Continuously updated, the image-rich content provides a true educational experience, where users can find answers to specific questions, discover new details about animals they are familiar with, and learn more about little-known animals in new and exciting ways.

Grzimek’s Animal Life is considered one of the best and most comprehensive animal reference sources available,” said Jason Bass, Gale’s associate publisher for general reference. “More than 12,000 photos, maps, videos, audio clips and interactive tools, as well as links to periodicals, real-time news and Web sites create a full learning experience. The conversion to an online resource allows for enhancements, continuous updates and special features that will make this product even more valuable in the study of animals.”

Features include:

  • Articles written by scientists and subject experts, peer-reviewed by world-renowned authorities and selected for inclusion by an expert editorial board
  • Search Assist, Animal Finder and Quick Facts tools allowing the user to quickly find animals by common or scientific name and provide a snapshot of the species
  • ReadSpeaker technology allows for text-to-speech transfer of articles
  • Translation feature includes 11 languages
  • “Threatened Species Ticker” and related links encourage browsing of new topics

For a video preview, to sign up for a free trial or to register for a Webinar, visit

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

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