Cool Facts About Animals has teamed up with a bunch of other kids’ podcasts to bring you an hour of high-quality kids audio programming – just in time for the long weekend, or to listen to throughout the summer.
All of the shows involved are part of the grassroots kids’ audio advocacy group Kids Listen, and all the shows are available on the Kids Listen App. You’ll hear 5 minutes from 10 different podcasts, including ours, but also some of our personal other go-to listens like Circle Round, Noodle Loaf, Story Spectacular, What if World, and others all listed below.
We hope you enjoy discovering a new podcast, or hearing something new from an old favorite.
We are discussing the bald eagle in our segment. Many thanks to AJ and to Quinn, who both suggested that we do a podcast on the eagle.
What If World: http://www.whatifworldpodcast.com/
Story Spectacular: http://storyspectacular.com/
Noodle Loaf: http://www.noodleloafshow.com/
Book Power for Kids: http://bookpowerforkids.com/
Little Stories for Tiny People: http://www.littlestoriestinypeople.com/
Be Calm on Ahway Island: https://www.ahwayisland.com/
Cool Facts About Animals: http://coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com/
Circle Round: http://www.wbur.org/circleround
The Good Words Podcast: http://goodwordspodcast.com/
Girl Tales: https://girltalespodcast.com/
The bomber worm was only discovered about 10 years ago, but it’s not rare. This deep, deep underwater creature has one of the coolest defense mechanisms we've seen yet: releasing bioluminescent bombs to deter predators. We also talk about two other newly-discovered underwater creature: the ruby sea dragon and hoodwinker sunfish.
If you’re interested in becoming a Patreon sponsor, and help to fund us to meet with scientists in person to bring you even more cool facts, head on over to our Patreon site: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals
And here’s a link to the video of the green bomber worm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4nLstCR0AI
We love to hear from you! If you want to be included in our next episode, send us an audio clip of your favorite animal fact, or ask us a question, at email@example.com
You can also tweet us at @coolanimalspod
Thanks for listening!
Happy Earth Day, listeners! On this special episode we talk about four cool animals that have been impacted by humans and climate change: the dodo bird, Tasmanian tiger, white lemuroid possum, and Fernandina giant tortoise. Through hunting, climate change, introduction of non-native species, and more, these animals have been brought to the brink of extinction, and sometimes even have gone extinct.
We end this episode with practical ways that you can make a difference for animals and for our environment.
By the way, the 200 million number on straws is probably very low--but we can't find an accurate number for how many straws are used every year.
What are your ideas for what you can do to protect the environment? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
We also want to hear your audio clips of animal facts or questions. Send them to us at email@example.com. If we get enough, we will make your clips into an episode!
Thanks as always to Ear Snacks for our theme music. And thanks to all of you for listening, rating and helping to protect our environment!
It’s Teddy’s favorite animal, the Thorny Devil! Join us as we learn all about this six-inch mountain dragon. It’s got more defense mechanisms than any other animal we’ve studied (including a fake head – cool!) and has a very interesting way of drinking (foot water anyone?).
You can also check out our first ever Cool Facts About Animals video, explaining how capillary action works. And yes it has to do with Thorny Devils. It's on our newly-minted YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/VcmaiQt6zC4
Thanks so much to our Patreon sponsor Cormac for being our Patreon sponsor! You can join Cormac and our other Patreon sponsors, and get a shout out on our show, by visiting: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals
We have two kid power challenges this week – and great job to Nadia and Reagan for participating in our last challenge! You can pick up a bag of trash, or take steps to reduce your water consumption. Did you do the challenge? Or the creature quiz? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @coolanimalspod
And send us your questions or cool facts! We want to put together an episode inspired by you.
We looked high and low for the information we needed to research our episode on unicorns. But try as we might, we could not find even basic facts like what unicorns eat, what the horn is for, and what their favorite jokes are. Luckily, Professor Abacus P. Grumbler, resident What If World unicorn expert, was able to answer all our questions.
Special thanks to Prof. Abacus and Mr. Eric for this episode! And special thanks to Xia for the request. And of course, as always, thanks to Andrew of Ear Snacks for the theme music.
We love to hear from you! Contact us at email@example.com or tweets us at @coolanimalspod.
Clara’s class has spoken! This week’s episode is all about the Little Blue Penguin (aka Fairy Penguin). This adorable little dude weighs in at just about two pounds, and stands only about a foot, but it packs a lot of cool stuff into that small size. In this episode, we talk about molting, fledging, diving, vocalization, and lots more.
To hear the backstory on how we chose this episode, check out the prior episode: “And the Winner Is,” available here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/and-the-winner-is/id1334467437?i=1000431839783mt=2
Here’s a link to the video we mentioned in the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQMOTDZ9jqY
Special thanks to our Patreon sponsors Finn and Osa! If you’d like to financially support us and get a shout-out on our show, check out our Patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals
And as always, many thanks to Andrew of Ear Snacks for the theme music!
Have the answer to the riddle or creature quiz? Want to try out the kid power challenge? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us at @coolanimalspod
Last week, CFAA went on the road to Clara's 1st grade classroom. Her class has been studying penguins for the past month -- and wow, did they know a lot about them! We asked the students to break into groups for each of the five penguins they studied: rockhopper, little blue, king, chinstrap, and gentoo, and tell us the coolest things about each kind of penguin they could find. Then we all voted on the penguin they most wanted to learn about. Here are the results, which will be featured as our next animal on CFAA.
Thanks to Clara's class for working so hard on this, and teaching us all such cool facts about penguins!
Ever wonder what makes Jaguar... well Jaguar? We dive deep into the mind behind the feline in this interview. We cover favorite foods, vacation spots, Thanksgiving carols (what?) and more in this bonus episode.
This is a bonus episode put out for our Patreon subscribers. We are sharing it on our regular feed with all our listeners so you can get a taste of some of the bonus footage you can get at the $5 level of support.
Thanks to our existing Patreon supporters, and thanks to those considering financially supporting us! Your contributions will help us get out in the field to interview animal experts and see animals in person.
You can find out more about how to financially support us, and the cool extras you can get here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals
Not everyone is able to financially support us, and that's okay! We thank all of our listeners for tuning in, writing reviews, drawing us pictures, writing in with suggestions, riddle and creature quiz answers, and more. You guys are all awesome!
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In this episode, we speak to squirrel expert Amanda Robin, a PhD student at UCLA. She taught us about the fascinating world of squirrels, including how they decide to store or eat their nuts, what chunking is, and other cool facts about squirrels. THEN we have a "who would win" battle: squirrel v. rattlesnake. Think it's hands-down rattlesnake? Think again.
Thanks as always to Ear Snacks for our theme music. Send your creature quiz answers to us at email@example.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod.
Also we have a Patreon page. If you would like to financially support our podcast, please do so here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals
It's our most requested episode ever AND our most-answered riddle ever! You guessed it - it's the platypus.
This is one seriously cool animals you guys. I mean, how many venomous, egg-laying mammals do you know? Not many, right?
We dive into what makes platypuses so usual, discuss their super strange chromosomes, and talk about a recent discovery of a stegosaurs-platypus. Yup, no typos.
Special thanks to Samson and Dorothy, long-time listeners with an impressive amount of platypus knowledge!
Also special thanks to E.J. and all the other listeners who requested this episode, and who answered the riddle.
If you're interested in the sex chromosomes of platypuses (and let's be honest, who isn't), check out this video. The visuals are really helpful.
Thanks as always to Andrew of the awesome podcast Ear Snacks for the theme music.
And please keep in touch - firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet us at @coolanimalspod
And support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals
As a parent of young children around the age of those featured on this podcast (between ages 3 and 7 or so), this is a charming glimpse into daily life with children at that age. These kids love animals and their natural exuberance for the subject matter and life more generally is on full display. Well worth a listen, with or without kids of your own.