Some animals are so small that you need a microscope to see them. Others are huge. All are interesting.
There are more than a million animal species. There are 6,000 species of reptiles, 73,000 kinds of spiders, 3,000 types of lice and 360,000 beetle species. For each person there is about 200 million insects. The 4,600 kinds of mammals represent a mere 0,3% of animals and the 10,000 kinds of birds only 0,7%. The most abundant bird species is the red-billed quelea of sub-Saharan Africa, numbering almost 2 billion.
Even so, about one third of animals have been driven to extinction as a result of mismanagement and pollution by the fast-growing human population. Please take good care of the animals around you. Make your garden bird and bee-friendly. Wherever possible, please contribute time or money to animal associations.