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What’s Up in the Amazon Rainforest

Posted on 15. Jun, 2015 by in Blog

Here’s a sneak peek of the cover for the first book in my new chapter book series about world habitats, coming September 22, 2015. The second book on The Gobi Desert is already written too, and I’m spending the summer researching and writing about The Arctic Circle. Welcome to some wonderful adventures in wild places around the world!


More Cheetah Cubs!

Posted on 13. Oct, 2014 by in Blog

I posted last year when five adorable cheetah cubs were born at the Richmond Metro Zoo. Now another cheetah has become a mother (on September 19th), and you can again watch them playing and sleeping on the live cheetah cam.

A Pile of Cuteness

Richmond Metro Zoo

Posted on 13. Oct, 2014 by in Blog

I’ve been to zoos all over the country, but our little Richmond Metro Zoo is great for a small, private zoo. Check out some of my favorite animals there!

A Big Catch!

Posted on 23. Oct, 2013 by in Blog

Check out this oarfish caught recently off the coast of California. These amazing creatures lurk in the deep ocean all the time, but we rarely see them out of the water. Their size is astounding!

A Big Catch!


Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Posted on 14. Apr, 2011 by in Blog

I took a terrific trip with my family to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. recently, and we saw many of the animals from my books there. If you get a chance to go, check out the giant squid in the huge tank that was too big for me to photograph, plus the other weird creatures in the Deep Ocean exhibit, and of course the awesome fossils.

Baby Otter Learns to Swim

Posted on 12. Jul, 2010 by in Blog

As I explain in my Baby Otter book, young river otters are sometimes unsure about getting in the water, because they don’t know yet that they will be good swimmers.  The mother otter helps them out, but she sometimes has to give them a firm but gentle push.  Check it out!

A Trip to the Zoo

Posted on 01. Jun, 2010 by in Blog

I went to visit some of my favorite animals at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. last week, and I wanted to share some of my pictures with you. See how many of these animals you can find in my books, and tell me about your favorite animals!

See Fainting Goats Faint

Posted on 23. Apr, 2010 by in Blog

I also got a request from someone asking to see fainting goats, which are included in my book FAKE OUT! Animals That Play Tricks. Here’s a video that shows you just how silly they are.

See Lipizzaner stallions dance!

Posted on 23. Apr, 2010 by in Blog

A student recently asked me during a school visit where she could see Lipizzaner stallions (which are featured in my book FAR OUT! Animals That Do Amazing Things) dance. These beautiful horses tour around the world, but you can watch this video to get an idea of the tricks they can do.

Lipizzan stallions dancing

Video of a Kangaroo Joey in a Pouch

Posted on 11. Mar, 2010 by in Blog

Here is a video of a young kangaroo joey coming out to check out the world and then quickly jumping back in.  It’s amazing to see how much kangaroo can fit into what looks like a pretty small pouch. There will be lots more interesting updates on marsupials, as that’s the next book I’m working on now: Pouch Babies and Their Marsupial Moms.

Vampire Squid Video

Posted on 17. Feb, 2010 by in Blog

Check out this cool video of the vampire squid and how it can turn itself inside out!

Vampire Squid Video

National Zoo Animal Webcams

Posted on 10. Feb, 2010 by in Blog

One of my favorite places to visit is the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.  But if you can’t get there, you can still check out the animals on these live webcams.  Many of these animals are featured in my books, including cheetahs, kiwi birds, golden lion tamarin monkeys, otters, and my favorite gross animals, naked mole rats.  See what the animals are up to day and night, but be patient because they might be somewhere else in their enclosure sleeping or eating but will eventually come back to the cams.  Have fun spying on the animals!

Naked Mole Rat

Click here for the National Zoo webcams page.