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Immobilization - 

A procedure where a veterinarianAn animal doctor. uses special drugs to anesthetize 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. so a closer look can be taken in a medical exam.

Imperiled - 

A speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent. that is at risk of dying out.

Imprinting - 

A rapid learning process that takes place early in the life of a social 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., usually in the birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. family, and establishes a behaviorIn biology, an organism's activity in response to its environment. The study of animal behavior is called ethology. pattern involving recognition of and attraction to identifiable attributes of its own kind or of a substitute.

In situ - 

In the natural, or wild, location.

Inbreeding - 

Reproduction by the mating of closely related individuals.

Incubate - 

The process of keeping eggs warm in order to hatch them.

Indigenous - 

Naturally occurring in a particular place (area or country).

Insect - 

A small 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. without a backboneThe column of bones (spine) in the back of many animals. It supports the body. An animal with a backbone is called a vertebrate.. Its body is divided into three parts. Insects have three pairs of legs and usually two pairs of wings. Flies, ants, grasshoppers, and beetles are a few of the many kinds of insects.

Insectivore - 

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 eats insects. The tenrec is an insectivoreAn animal that eats insects. The tenrec is an insectivore..

Instinct - 

A way of acting or behaving that 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. is born with and does not have to learn. For example, birds build their nests by using their instinctA way of acting or behaving that an animal is born with and does not have to learn. For example, birds build their nests by using their instinct..

Interpreter - 

A guide who shares interesting information about animals, plants, and more to a group of visitors.

Interpretive signs - 

Signs in zoos for visitors that help explain a 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., 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 idea.

Introduced species - 

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 moves into a new area on its own, or with human help, and remains to live in the area.

Invertebrate - 

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 has no backboneThe column of bones (spine) in the back of many animals. It supports the body. An animal with a backbone is called a vertebrate.. Insects, worms, and lobsters are invertebrates.