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Ethology is researched by observing an organism’s natural instincts, competitive displays, survival tactics, learning habits, and group living. Understanding animal behavior is a key to ensuring the proliferation of each species.


Animals convey information through song, vocalization, scent-marking, pheromones, or visual displays. Subtle or bold, intentional or instinctual all communication has a vital purpose in the fitness of each species.

  • Communication

Competition & Territoriality

Contest arises by shortage of food, water, shelter, available mates, and the territories containing those resources. Indicative behaviors exhibited consist of dominance displays, raids on resources, and physical contact.

  • Competition & Territoriality

Flocks, Huddles, Schools, & Swarms

Grouping together provides protection from predators or harsh weather, and the benefit of knowledge. Noted for centuries, many interesting names have resulted depending on the species, as in an; army, quiver, bevy or smack.

  • Flocks, Huddles, Schools, & Swarms


Taking a dip in water can cool body temperature or cleanse an animal. Water is not the only means of cleaning as cats use their saliva, birds and elephants take dust baths while primates pick through fur for dirt and parasites.


Changes in habitat, food supplies or temperature often dictate when a species must relocate. Many species trek, seasonally or perpetually, in order to locate abundant resources rather than adapting to their changing surroundings.


Whimsical chasing, tumbling, and biting is not only fun but essential to muscle development and coordination. Skills earned include; family bonding, pecking order, communication, and tactics to hunt and avoid hunters.