Office of Technology Transfer – University of Michigan

Animal Diversity Web

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Philip Myers
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Drew Bennett
Associate Director - Software Licensing 734-615-4004


Images of the animal kingdom can be used in many different applications. A central database of high quality images, recordings, and movies may be a valuable resource in education especially for animals that are not native to a particular geographical location or are not easily accessible.


Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed Animal Diversity Web, an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology. Animal Diversity Web contains over 2000 accounts of animal species as well as descriptions of levels of organization above the species level. The contents include more than 10,000 images and 700 animal sounds. Hundreds of hyperlinked pages and images illustrate the traits and general biology of these groups. The database is a large searchable encyclopedia, which may be used as a science learning tool or a virtual museum. For more information, please visit

Applications and Advantages


  • Educational tool
  • Source for animal pictures, sounds, or movies


  • Searchable database
  • Facilitates inquiry-driven learning
  • Increased accessibility via the internet