May 25, 2012

Weekend Website #98: Smithsonian Wild

Every Friday, I share a website (or app) that I’ve heard about, checked into, been excited to use. This one is a math app. Since ‘math’ is by far the most popular search term of readers who seek out my blog, I know you’re going to enjoy this review.

smithsonian wild

Amazing wild animals in situ


2nd Grade+




Smithsonian Wild


This website is devoted to sharing images of animals in their wild habitats. The pictures–201,000 and counting to date–have been captured by motion-triggered ‘camera traps’–cameras that are activated by an animals movement or body heat and then take pictures of them in their most natural of states–when they believe they are alone. Pictures include dozens of varieties of animals in the following categories:

smithsonian wild

One of the many wild animals caught by Smithsonian camera traps

  • bears
  • canids
  • cats
  • carnivores
  • deer
  • pigs
  • hooved animals
  • birds
  • rodents
  • rabbits
  • marsupials
  • and more

Locations include:

  • Kenya
  • the US
  • Peru
  • China
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • and more

Here’s a video that will explain the amazing technique used to acquire these images. You’ll be amazed:


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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-sixth grade, creator of two technology training books for middle school and three ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.