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Cool Facts About Animals
23 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Goblin Shark - Halloween Episode!
We’re featuring a creepy, Halloween-worthy animal in this bonus episode! The Goblin shark gets its name because it really does look like a goblin. Learn more about its impressive mouth gape, lightning fast jaw speed, and more. We mentioned the videos of the goblin shark eating – there are links to both videos in this informative article. https://australian.museum/learn/animals/fishes/goblin-shark-mitsukurina-owstoni/ One of our kid challenges this episode is to try to find plastic-free candy wrappings if you’re giving out candy for trick or treating. Here’s a list of some options: https://www.treehugger.com/ideas-plastic-free-halloween-treats-4857928 If you do the kid challenge, or know the creature quiz answers, send us an email at email@example.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod. Thanks Frannie for being our Patreon sponsor! If you’d like to financially support our podcast, you can do so here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals Thank you to RACC for the funds for our podcasting equipment! Jaguar’s entrance and exit music would not be here if not for you. And thanks to Andrew Barkan of Ear Snacks for our theme music! Finally, don’t forget to check out the other Halloween episodes from our friends at Kids Listen. You can head to the Kids Listen app the week of October 24 to find a big playlist of Halloween/spooky episodes. https://app.kidslisten.org
2 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Bonus: One Word Story
It's taken a bit longer than we wanted to get our next episode out. We found this goofy recording on my phone from the summer and thought you might enjoy. See you soon with our next episode!
25 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
Piranhas get a bad rap. They’re thought of as vicious, human killing machines. While piranhas do have some impressive teeth and an even more impressive bite force, they’re really not quite as dangerous as they’re made out to be. In this episode, we do some piranha myth busting and learn more about this impressive creature. Thank you to RACC for our audio equipment. We really think you can tell the difference! We’re so glad to be able to share some clearer audio with you. Thank you also to Andrew Barkan of Earsnacks for our theme music. Do you know the answer to our creature quiz or riddle? Did you do the kid power challenge? Let us know and we’ll send you a bookmark! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us at @coolanimalspod Finally, if you would like to support us financially, head on over to our Patreon page! We are using the money raised there for some in-person trip (once safe to do so) to meet with scientists and share our interviews with you.
28 minutes | Aug 29, 2021
On this episode, we learn all about the venomous (not poisonous) rhinoceros viper. Learn about its cool retractable fangs, the not one but TWO types of venom it has, and take a listen to Jaguar's new evolution music. Thank you to the Regional Arts & Culture Council for our awesome new podcasting equipment! We are excited to give you better and better audio as we learn the tricks of our new equipment. Thank you also to Nora for being our Patreon sponsor! If you would like to be a Patreon sponsor, head here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals If you know the answer to our creature quiz or riddle, send us the answers at email@example.com or Tweet us at @coolanimalspod. Thanks Andrew of Ear Snacks for our theme music!
21 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Episode Swap! Newsy Jacuzzi
Hello listeners! We are doing an episode swap with Newsy Jacuzzi! We think you’ll love this podcast, another kid-grownup collaboration. They help find some of the coolest news stories from all across the world and share them with their listeners. There are often stories about animals, the environment, and other things that I know our listeners care about. We hope you like this episode, which has news stories about hangry fruit flies, air purification, and lots more. If you like Newsy Jacuzzi, add it to your feed! https://www.newsyjacuzzi.com We will be back soon to talk to you about a new animal, on our new podcasting equipment thanks to RACC.
25 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Ants and Other Bugs with Dr. Mark Moffett
Have you ever watched ants hurry busily along and wonder what they're doing? Dr. Moffett did, and decided to turn that interest into ants and other bugs into a career. In this episode, we learn about ants - from the kind in your backyard to the kind that can eat people, how Dr. Moffett almost got trampled by elephants, hit by blowdarts, and other adventures. We also are joined by his wife Melissa, who tells us about their travels and more. Thanks to Andrew Barkan of Ear Snacks for our theme song! Our next episode will be recorded on our new audio equipment! Thanks to the Regional Arts & Culture Council for awarding us our grant! Questions? Want to reach out? You can find us on Twitter at @coolanimalspod or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
24 minutes | Jul 25, 2021
Animal Facts from Our Listeners
We asked, you answered! In this episode, we hear facts about sea slugs, lions, zombie caterpillars, wild horses, and lots more. And of course, Jaguar evolves to become even more powerful. Thanks to Ari, August, Cristian, Gracelyn, Lucy, Oliver, Sally, Tristan, Quinn, Harry, Iris, and Theo for their facts! Be sure to check out the Kids Listen podcast Best Day Yet for positivity, affirmations, and animal explorations. You can find the podcast here: https://www.bestdayyetpodcast.com Thanks to Andrew Barkan for our theme song! Don't forget to check out our mega plastic episode. We encourage you to try out one or more of our kid challenges! And if you'd like to support us financially on our Patreon page, you can do so here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals
41 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
How Kids Can Stop Plastic Pollution
Our plastic episode is here! In this episode, we learn about how much plastic is in the ocean, why that’s a problem for animals, how it all got there, and, most importantly, how you can help. We talked to so many experts to make this episode. Thank you to: Senator Jeff Merkley Dr. Jenna Jambeck, University of Georgia Christopher Joyce, NPR Rachel Giles, Chelsea Rochman’s lab Shaye DiPasquale, Terracycle David Clark, Amcor Thank you also to our fabulous editor, Eric Klein. If you need editing help, send him an email at email@example.com Thank you to Andrew Barkan of Ear Snacks for our theme music. Thank you also to our Patreon sponsors who made this possible! We really appreciate you! We have a lot of show notes on this one: Want to do a waste audit? Here’s the link to the waste audit Rachel mentioned: https://rochmanlab.com/waste-audit/ Here’s a link to Terracycle’s website, where you can figure out what to collect and recycle: https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/ Learn more about Senator Merkley’s Break Free from Plastic Act: https://www.breakfreefromplastic.org/pollution-act/ Don’t know whether it’s recyclable? Check out: http://recycleornot.org And be sure to download the Marine Debris Tracker app: https://debristracker.org Please let us know what steps you’re taking to battle plastic pollution and we can share our progress together! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us at @coolanimalspod Spread the word about this episode! The more kids helping, the more of a difference we can make.
16 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Jaguar Presents: All About Cooking Meow Meow
This is Jaguar meow meow! Learn how to cook endangered meat with just a flame thrower, trebuchet and elbow grease in this best ever episode!
24 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
In this episode we learn all about lake cow bacon, otherwise known as the hippopotamus! You’ll learn about poop-flinging, built-in sunscreen, mouth gape, how huge they are, and more. Thanks for listening! If you would like to support us on Patreon, please head here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals We have fun benefits like shout-outs and outtakes (including a funny one on poop today). Here’s our website. https://coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com/2021/06/06/hippopotamus-hippo/ I’ve loaded a picture of Teddy when he was smaller at the zoo, with a wide-mouthed hippo behind him. Here’s a link to buying hippo poop: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/618838/buy-fiona-hippos-poop And to hippo poop flinging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-jXMeo4a4k If you know the creature quiz answer or do the kid challenge, send us an email at email@example.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod. Thanks to Andrew at Ear Snacks for our theme music! Finally, check out the fellow Kids Listen podcast Fairies and Dragons, Ponies and Knights. It’s a fun, episodic storytelling podcast that we think you’ll really enjoy! https://dirtroadtheater.com/fadpak/
29 minutes | May 10, 2021
Cicadas - Brood X
We at Cool Facts About Animals are pretty jealous of our east coast listeners who are about to get visited by TRILLIONS of cicadas! In this episode, we give you all the information you need to know about this amazing insects, which have been waiting for the past 17 years to emerge. Included in that is a zombie fungus disease that makes their butts fall off! You don't want to miss this one. Thanks to our Patreon sponsors August and Wren! If you would like to be a Patreon sponsor, you can sign up here. https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals If you haven't yet sent us your cool fact for an upcoming episode, please send it to us, along with your name, age and where you're from by May 31, 2021. We'd love to have an audio clip of you, but email is just fine. Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
32 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Earth Day! Endangered and Comeback Animals
Happy Earth Day! In this special bonus episode, we each choose an endangered or extinct animal to learn about, then we choose an animal that’s making a rebound, and share an idea for how you can help to keep animals of the endangered list! In this episode, we learn about: Black rhinoceros White rhinoceros European Jaguar Blackfooted pigeon Tooth-billed pigeon Condor Vaquita American alligator Here’s a great website to learn more about ethical and sustainably-produced seafood: https://thehealthyfish.com/how-to-tell-if-youre-buying-sustainable-ethically-produced-seafood/ Here are the episodes that we mentioned on this episode: Past earth day episodes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/special-earth-day-animal-episode/id1334467437?i=1000409436677 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/extinct-animals-special-earth-day-episode/id1334467437?i=1000436001946 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/earth-day-episode-cool-animal-facts/id1334467437?i=1000472264858 Condor: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/california-condors/id1334467437?i=1000425872502 Submit your cool animal facts to us at email@example.com and we will play them in an upcoming episode!
28 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
In this special double episode, we learn all about herons. First, we are joined by Patreon supporter and friend Meryl to learn all about the third biggest heron, the great blue heron. Then, the usual crew learn more about the second biggest and biggest herons - the white bellied heron and the Goliath heron. We want to hear from you too! Send us an audio clip with your cool animal fact to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include them in an upcoming episode. If you'd like to be a Patreon sponsor, you can head here: Thanks for listening! https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals
20 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
Just for Fun: Jaguar & Corduroy Present Laughtown - The Trash Debacle
Jaguar wants to cover the world in trash. Can Corduroy stop him? (No animal facts in this one - this is just for fun!)
27 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
Horseshoe crabs have been around since before the age of dinosaurs! During the time, they've seen a lot of changes in the world. We talk about these living fossils, including why their blood is so valuable, their many eyes and legs, and many other cool facts. If you think you know the answer to the riddle or creature quiz, or if you do the Kid Power challenge, send us an email at email@example.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod and we'll send you a bookmark! If you'd like to be a Patreon sponsor, you can head over here. https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals Thanks to Andrew of Ear Snacks for our theme song!
36 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
Dragons with Mr. Eric and Dracomax of What If World
Dragons are one of the most amazing animals in the world - but it's hard to get the facts about them when they are so rare. Luckily, we were able to speak with Mr. Eric of What If World and a real live What If World dragon, Dracomax! Dracomax fills us in on all sorts of interesting stuff about dragons, like their favorite jokes, systems of governance, and their deepest, darkest secrets (it involves pudding). We hope you have as much fun listening as we did making this episode. If you do, be sure to check out What If World! Thanks to our Patreon sponsors June, Iris and Manni! If you'd like to support us financially, you can check out our Patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals
22 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Toads, Alligators and Turtles with Gina Zwicky
We have a really cool special episode for you today. In this one, we interview Gina Zwicky. Gina is a graduate student at the University of New Orleans, where she studies reptile immuno-evolution, and she knows a ton of stuff about toads, frogs, alligators and turtles. In this episode, we learn about snapping turtles' butt-breathing, how to tell an alligator from a crocodile, and why frogs have the coloring they do. We also learn about Gina's frog watch events, and why they're helpful to science. We hope you enjoy!
18 minutes | Jan 10, 2021
This is one tough animal. Smart, recklessly aggressive, equipped with tough skin, stink bombs and sharp claws - even lions run from the honey badger! We mentioned a bunch of things in this episode. Here's a link to the Nature documentary: https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/honey-badger-honey-badgers-masters-of-mayhem/8636/ Here's a link to our YouTube channel - you can check out our collaboration with At Your Level and we will post a drawing lesson in the near future: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt89IP0pdPUfvETol8qHKjg Here's a link to our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals Yogurt recipe: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017991-creamy-homemade-yogurt Granola bar recipe: https://smittenkitchen.com/2010/02/thick-chewy-granola-bars/ Thanks to Andrew of Ear Snacks for our theme song!
1 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
Sea Star Holiday Activity Video!
Learn more about sea stars (aka starfish) while playing along with the Cool Facts About Animals and At Your Level podcasts. During this activity-filled video, you'll learn how to draw the crown of thorns sea star, make an origami sea star, and hear a story about a sea star going to the library. You'll also get to see Jaguar interviewed as a sea star - aka Ulysses S. Grant. Plus, dad jokes and some holiday trombone music. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUZ_HnSlUZI
28 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Starfish aka Sea Star
Grady, Clara, Teddy and mom Ali sit down to talk about the starfish (or is it a sea star?). You'll learn that this festive-shaped star can come with many, many more arms than you'd imagine, what important things it's lacking, the strange place its eyes are located, and about its amazing superpower. Here’s a picture of that heron and eel: https://www.livescience.com/snake-eel-bursts-out-of-heron.html Here’s a picture of a crown of thorns sea star: https://oceana.org/marine-life/corals-and-other-invertebrates/crown-thorns-starfish Here's some pictures of a sea star growing its body from an arm - https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/starfish-regenerating.html Here’s a link to our YouTube channel – stay tuned for our activity video in collaboration with At Your Level! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt89IP0pdPUfvETol8qHKjg If you can answer our Creature Quiz, Riddle or want to take our Kid Power challenge, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us at @coolanimalspod Thanks again to Miles and Anna for being our Patreon sponsors. You can sponsor us here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals
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