A panda stands out at the zoo but blends in the wild


colleague: Someone who works with another; a co-worker or team member.

ecologist: A scientist who works in a branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.

environment: The sum of all of the things that exist around some organism or the process and the condition those things create. Environment may refer to the weather and ecosystem in which some animal lives, or, perhaps, the temperature and humidity (or even the placement of things in the vicinity of an item of interest).

forest: An area of land covered mostly with trees and other woody plants.

habitat: The area or natural environment in which an animal or plant normally lives, such as a desert, coral reef or freshwater lake. A habitat can be home to thousands of different species.

insect: A type of arthropod that as an adult will have six segmented legs and three body parts: a head, thorax and abdomen. There are hundreds of thousands of insects, which include bees, beetles, flies and moths.

mammal: A warm-blooded animal distinguished by the possession of hair or fur, the secretion of milk by females for feeding their young, and (typically) the bearing of live young.

panda: (or giant panda) An endangered species in the bear family, found in the wild only in China. It has a distinctive white body with black coated limbs and dark spots around the eyes.

perception: The state of being aware of something — or the process of becoming aware of something — through use of the senses.

phenomenon: Something that is surprising or unusual.

poison dart frog: A type of brightly colored frog (there are more than 100 different species of these) that belong to the Dendrobatidae family. They secrete a potent poison into their skin. Their bright coloring warns predators that they would provide a toxic lunch. The skin of at least one species can hold enough poison to kill up to 20,000 mice — or 10 adult men. They get their name from the fact that some hunters in the Amazon once used these poisons on the tips of their darts to immobilize their prey.

predator: (adjective: predatory) A creature that preys on other animals for most or all of its food.

prey: (n.) Animal species eaten by others. (v.) To attack and eat another species.

software: The mathematical instructions that direct a computer’s hardware, including its processor, to perform certain operations.

species: A group of similar organisms capable of producing offspring that can survive and reproduce.

weather: Conditions in the atmosphere at a localized place and a particular time. It is usually described in terms of particular features, such as air pressure, humidity, moisture, any precipitation (rain, snow or ice), temperature and wind speed. Weather constitutes the actual conditions that occur at any time and place. It’s different from climate, which is a description of the conditions that tend to occur in some general region during a particular month or season.


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