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Carnivore

Carnivores eat meat. They have special adaptations that allow them to capture, eat, and digest animal flesh — often, but not always, that of herbivores.

Being a carnivore is not a one-size-fits-all feeding strategy. Discover the different levels of carnivorous consumption and the role of carnivores in the food web.

National Geographic
A Dog’s Nose for Conservation

A Dog’s Nose for Conservation

A dog's nose knows. Professor Dematteo's dog helps her detect scat, you know, poop, of carnivores to help her understand how these predators move across their terrain. More...

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National Geographic
Prehistoric Big Cats

Prehistoric Big Cats

In prehistoric times, large carnivores roamed what is now Europe. This included two saber-toothed cats that were among the top predators of their day. More...

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Discovery
Scientist Profile: Wildlife Biologists

Scientist Profile: Wildlife Biologists

Find out why wildlife biologist John Beckmann and dog handler Aimee Hurt are on the hunt for black bear, grizzly bear, wolf, and mountain lion scat (poop) in the area surrounding Yellowstone. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Animal Diet Game

Animal Diet Game

As an animal appears, tag it with the correct label (herbivore, carnivore, omnivore). It will begin eating if you choose the right diet. Can you get all the species to chow down? More...

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Sheppard Software
Carnivora

Carnivora

The mammalian order Carnivora includes a wide range of mammals. Although all descend from carnivorous ancestors, some today are not practicing carnivores, such as the giant panda. Find out more.
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Animal Diversity Web
Carnivores

Carnivores

Discover the powerful jaw and claws, sharp teeth, and other features of the carnivore, along with its important role in local ecosystems. More...

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New Hampshire Public TV
Meat Eating Behind Evolutionary Success of Humankind

Meat Eating Behind Evolutionary Success of Humankind

According to researchers, humans have evolved successfully because they became carnivores. Find out how this gave our species an edge. More...

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Science Daily
Olinguito: “Overlooked” Mammal Carnivore Is Major Discovery

Olinguito: “Overlooked” Mammal Carnivore Is Major Discovery

In 2013, the olinguito was recognized as the first new carnivore species identified for the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. Read the backstory of this furry cloud forest resident. More...

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BBC
Owl Pellet Dissection

Owl Pellet Dissection

Owls swallow their prey whole. Whatever their stomachs can't digest gets coughed up in a ball of bones and fur. Dissect an "owl pellet" to investigate what owls eat and how much of it gets rejected. More...

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Penn State
Primate Factsheets: Tarsier

Primate Factsheets: Tarsier

The wee tarsier may not seem like a meat-eating predator, but it’s the only primate that's entirely carnivorous. Get more facts about its diet, habitat, range, and natural enemies. More...

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Primate Info Net
When Big Carnivores Go Down, Even Vegetarians Take the Hit

When Big Carnivores Go Down, Even Vegetarians Take the Hit

Carnivores are important to an ecosystem's health. Take them away and vegetation can die and streams can change course. What's the connection? More...

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NPR

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