Glossary

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Habitat - 

Where an animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. or plantAny living thing that is not an animal. Plants live on sunlight and water instead of food. Plants generally cannot move on their own, and are not able to smell, hear, see, or touch. normally lives and grows.

Harem - 

A group of females under continual control of a single male.

Headstart - 

A process in which young animals are raised by humans in a safe environmentEverything that surrounds an animal or other living thing. For example, a pond is a frog's environment. until they are large enough to defend themselves successfully in the wild.

Herbivore - 

An animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. that feeds only on plants (herbs, grasses, and vegetables).

Herd - 

A group of animals that travels and feeds together.

Herpetology/Herpetologist - 

The study of reptiles and amphibians./One who studies reptiles and amphibians.

Hibernate/hibernation - 

To sleep or be in a dormant state during the winter season. Hibernation is caused by cold, winter conditions.

Hierarchy - 

The rank of an animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. within its group. For example, a wolf pack has a hierarchyThe rank of an animal within its group. For example, a wolf pack has a hierarchy with the strongest and cleverest wolves being the leaders, and the younger, inexperienced wolves having to follow along. with the strongest and cleverest wolves being the leaders, and the younger, inexperienced wolves having to follow along.

Home range - 

The area over which an organismAnything that is alive. travels to obtain its food.

Horns - 

Growths on the head of an antelope, cow, sheep, or goat that are never shed.

Horticulture - 

The practice of growing and cultivating plants, especially in a garden, nursery, greenhouse, or botanical garden like the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Host - 

In biologyThe study of life and living things. Biology deals with how plants and animals live and grow, how they are made, and where they are found., a hostIn biology, a host organism is one that provides sustenance to one or more parasitic organisms. organismAnything that is alive. is one that provides sustenance to one or more parasitic organisms.

Hotspot - 

An area of instability or potential danger. A conservationThe wise use, care, and protection of natural resources, including plants and animals. hotspotAn area of instability or potential danger. A conservation hotspot is a geographical location where plants and/or animals are in danger of becoming extinct. is a geographical location where plants and/or animals are in danger of becoming extinct.

Husbandry - 

The daily care of animals.