WHAT ARE INVERTEBRATES?
The majority of life on this planet is made up of invertebrates. Since this group is so huge, it is also very diverse and includes marine animals such as sea cucumbers, corals and lobsters, and terrestial animals such as spiders, beetles, ants and insects on land. Insect diversity is an intrinsic part of the Earth's ecosystems. They are what make ecosystems tick, many by converting organic waste into nutrients for the soil which in turns nourishes the plants and trees.
To learn more about the invertebrate species on exhibit here at the zoo, please choose from the Animal Fact Sheets dropdown menu to the left.