http://www.natureexplorer.com

This site contains all of the text—and most of the graphics—from REMedia’s ZooGuides series of educational CD-ROMs. This adds up to thousands of web pages, 250,000 words of text, and more than 2,000 color photographs and diagrams. All are available at no cost, though the company hopes that many users will want to upgrade to the animation and video-rich CD-ROM versions of the disks. The online versions do have several advantages, though, like rich cross-referencing features and easy printing and downloading of color images. REMedia has been selling its 9-volume series of CD-ROMs in the K-12 market for several years, and thanks to bundling deals with Apple Computer, more than 300,000 copies of the disks—mainly the titles “The Rainforest,” “Whales and Dolphins,” and “World of Reptiles”—are in use across the U.S., according to the company. All titles include teacher’s guides in PDF format, which are available for download from the site. The goal of this web site is to be the most complete life science resource for schools, libraries, colleges, and the home by offering an extensive reference collection of information on animals, plants, and their habitats.