It’s time to import the world’s wild animals into the place of their natural habitat. For those unfamiliar with the project, I am in the process of creating an interactive world map for children with the idea and aspirations to make learning as easy and interesting as possible for kids.
Later I will talk more about the final product and the materials I plan to use, just before the product launch (which is expected in June). For now, I’m focusing on making the best possible selection and building a story.
As I already wrote, the idea is fantastic but the problems are already here. Not sure how will I finalize the project, but for now it doesn’t matter, somehow 😀 … with time the details will crystallize and until then I will record and post parts of the illustration process I am currently working on with some interesting info about the given motif, animals, plants, architecture, world wonders, etc.
World Map for kids – progress
I hope that really soon I’ll come up with the best solution and that this #100daysproject will eventually get its function. The assets I’m illustrating will certainly get their purpose, in digital format or as the final product, such as repeating patterns, wall art, etc.
I make a selection of 5-7 animals that are the most striking on something on a particular continent. When I finish all of them, and also import other assets, I will see if there is left space to add some more.
North American Animals 4 Interactive World Map
The Bald Eagle Illustration
The first animal I chose to go among the primary in North America is the Bald Eagle.
It’s not primary, but aesthetics is quite important, too. And besides that, the visibility of the map. I try not to overbook it, to make it clear and easy for photographic memory so that children can absorb pictorial information as easily as possible.
The Bald Eagle is a bird of prey found in North America. It is the only sea eagle endemic to North America. The bald eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782.
The American Bison
The American bison was once the symbol of the Great Plains. Vast herds roamed from Canada to Mexico providing food, clothing, and tools to the native people.
Today bison are only wild in national parks, state parks, and reserves.
Elk or Moose
The moose is a member of the New World deer subfamily and is the largest and heaviest extant species in the deer family.
Currently, most moose occur in Canada, Alaska, New England (Maine), New York State, Fennoscandia, the Baltic states, Poland, Kazakhstan, and Russia. Unlike most other deer species, moose do not form herds and are solitary animals.
Although generally slow-moving and sedentary, moose can become aggressive, and move quickly if angered or startled. Their mating season in the autumn features energetic fights between males competing for a female.
The American alligator
The American alligator is sometimes referred to colloquially as a gator or common alligator. It is a large crocodilian
reptile native to the Southeastern United States.
One of two extant species in the genus Alligator, the American alligator is larger than the only other living alligator species, the Chinese alligator, it is probably the largest species within its family Alligatoridae;
They are apex predators and consume fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
They play an important role as ecosystem engineers in wetland ecosystems through the creation of alligator holes, which provide both wet and dry habitats for other organisms.
The Captain walrus is a large flippered marine mammal, usually with a discontinuous distribution about the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean and subarctic seas of the Northern Hemisphere. The walrus can stay underwater for 30 minutes.
They are extremely sociable, prone to loudly bellowing and snorting at one another, but also aggressive during mating season.
With wrinkled brown and pink hides, walruses are distinguished by their long white tusks, grizzly whiskers, flat flipper, and bodies full of blubber.
Walruses prefer mollusks on their MENU – main bivalves such as clams. They also eat many other kinds of benthic invertebrates including worms, gastropods, cephalopods, crustaceans, sea cucumbers, and other soft-bodied animals.
During the 19th century and the early 20th century, walruses were widely hunted and killed for their blubber, walrus ivory, and meat. The population of walruses dropped rapidly all around the Arctic region. Their population has rebounded somewhat since then, though the populations of Atlantic and Laptev walruses remain fragmented and at low levels compared with the time before human interference.
The polar bear is a hyper carnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas, and surrounding landmasses.
It is the largest extant bear species, as well as the largest extant land carnivore.
Arctic wolves (also known as the white wolf or polar wolf) are a sub-species of grey wolves. They spend their lives in the Arctic tundra, higher than the northern tree line. They are the only wolf in the world with their coloring, unique due to the environment where they live. The Arctic wolf is a subspecies of grey wolves. They have strong jaws filled with 42 sharp teeth and small ears
They hunt in packs for caribou and musk-oxen. They also consume Arctic hares, ptarmigan, lemmings, and other small animals including nesting birds.
The arctic wolf and the arctic hare are ‘good friends’. If there were no arctic hare, the survival of the white wolf would be under question. Besides Arctic hares, they also consume caribou and musk-oxen, ptarmigan, lemmings, and other small animals including nesting birds.
That’s it for now regarding North American animals and I am moving to the South… I will try to make my blogs more interesting, but for now, this is the best I can do…
Think I mention already, this I’m writing more for myself as a reminder, to have it all in one place. At the same time, I’m practicing video process recording and editing which I will need often in the future to present my work. And third is that I am collecting all possible needed materials to be able to make the best possible combination for the final. And sharing all the process with you, think with time I will make it more fun 🙂
Allway in my mind is beautiful and useful… the goal is for children to learn while playin’
See you soon… Thank you for the company and let’s see what’s on South 😉