VSL// Lions, tigers and bears-and pretty much every other creature, too

Winter isn’t usually the best time to visit your local zoo, but thanks to the Internet (thank you, Internet!), there’s the BBC’s Wildlife Finder—a compendium of the world’s most fascinating species.

Based on 30 years of the BBC’s natural history content, the Wildlife Finder has a staggering array of information on just about any animal you can think of. Sadly, the videos don’t work for us Yanks, but there’s still stunning photography, easy-to-digest information, videos and crisp audio. (Check out what a chorus of ring-tailed lemurs sound like!) What’s more, it’s a dream to navigate, with a simple yet enthralling structure that integrates content on animals, ecosystems, habitats and plants. You might read up on the terrifying Humboldt squid, see a Corpse flower blossom or listen to the whisper of a Namibian desert, all from the relative safety of your desk. But don’t get sucked in for too long—unlike the real thing, this zoo never closes.

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