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April 01. 2013 9:27PM

Mobilewalla: Apps with the lowdown on wildlife

Wildlife comes alive all around us in the spring. As the weather becomes warmer, wild animals begin a new life cycle. You can passively watch this pageant unfold in your backyard, or use the following apps to learn more about wild animals, from tiny birds to exotic big cats.

For Apple

Petting Zoo by Christoph Niemann ($1.99): Darling illustrations of wild animals come to life in this humorous interactive app for kids. Tap and swipe animals, from porcupines to sharks, and see them react to your touch. (Mobilewalla Score: 97/100)

Audubon Birds ($14.99)*: Go birding with this comprehensive app, and you will be able to easily identify any bird you see in North America. Audubon Birds also tells you where to look for birds, and includes a journal to record your sightings. (Score: 91/100)

Goodnight Safari (Free): Don't tell your little one to "go to bed." Ask him or her if he or she will help you put the animals in Africa to bed with this charming interactive app. Your child will become sleepy as he or she helps the animals get ready for bed, kisses them goodnight and learns about them. (Score: 83/100)

Big Brain Quiz ANIMALS ($0.99): Learn all about animals with this illustrated quiz. When you are sure you know it all, compete with other quiz players using Game Center. (Score: 70/100)

For Android

Kids Zoo Animal Sounds and Photos (Free): Toddlers can learn the names of common mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and sea animals while viewing photos of them and hearing the unique sounds they make. (Mobilewalla Score: 91/100)

Wonder Zoo - Animal Rescue! (Free)*: In this game, players save animals from danger and then move them to their own zoo. Once at the player's zoo, the players must tend and care for these rare creatures. (Score: 89/100)

Animal Planet (Free): Animal Planet's sole focus is animals. The app gives you access to amazing videos and other educational content about animals. (Score: 86/100)

BirdLog North America ($9.99)*: Serious birders support science and conservation, and log their sightings into Cornell University's eBird website. Birdlog North America allows you to submit sightings to eBird instantly from the field. In March of 2012, 3.1 million birds were reported by eBird users in North America. (Score: 79/100)

Audubon Mammals ($4.99)*: This encyclopedia includes 272 of the wild mammals that populate North America. Easily find and identify mammals you see, and learn all about their habitat, range and behavior. (Score: 78/100)

Apps with an asterisk* denote availability on Apple and Android.

Mobilewalla is a search and discovery engine using breakthrough technology to score every app to help consumers navigate the mobile application marketplace. Apps are scored using an algorithm that weighs several characteristics, including user ratings, position within category and staff recommendations. For more app intel, go to www.mobilewalla.com. Anindya Datta is a technologist and founder of Mobilewalla.



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