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Services / Resources: Animals and Pets

On-site Services

A variety of helpful equipment, archives and services are available at your local Marathon County Public Library! Some resources are only available at certain MCPL locations, as noted below.

patrons viewing Phyllis Donner Aquarium

Phyllis Donner Aquarium

The children's department at MCPL Wausau features a 650-gallon saltwater aquarium with a living coral reef and more than 30 species of tropical fish and other marine life! The tank was built by Acrylic Tank Manufacturing of Las Vegas and was funded by a donation from the estate of Phyllis Donner, a Wausau resident. Inhabitants of... (read more)

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Online Resources

The following are databases to which the library has subscribed and websites that are affiliated with the library or host library-owned content. For an A-Z listing of all online resources, click here.


The following are third-party websites suggested by library staff for your consideration according to our Materials Selection Procedure. Use these websites at your own risk; they are not controlled or monitored by the library.

All About Birds

This website is a comprehensive resource provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that includes an identification guide.

Web Animals and Pets

Animal Diversity Web

This University of Michigan resource is an online database and encyclopedia of animal natural history, built through contributions from students, photographers and many others.

Web Animals and Pets Encyclopedia

Dave's Garden

Search over 160,000 plants. Members can chat with other gardeners in our 144 active forums, identify plants, pets, birds and butterflies.

Web Home and Garden Animals and Pets Nature and the Environment

Humane Society of Marathon County

The Humane Society of Marathon County provides information regarding lost pets, as well as adoption services, volunteer opportunities and donations.  

Web Animals and Pets Marathon County

National Geographic: Animals

Pictures, scientific information and news regarding animals from all over the planet.

Web Nature and the Environment Animals and Pets

Pets in Wausau

Frequently-asked questions, and links to ordinances related to pet ownership in the city of Wausau.

Web Animals and Pets

Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute

This website introduces all of the animals that live at the National Zoo and includes resources such as links to the live web cameras.

Web Animals and Pets

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a federal government agency whose primary responsibility is to manage fish and wildlife resources in the public trust for people today and future generations.

Web Animals and Pets Nature and the Environment

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Wisconsin's DATCP partners with all the citizens of Wisconsin to grow the economy by promoting quality food, healthy plants and animals, sound use of land and water resources, and a fair marketplace.

Web Small Business Food and Cooking Animals and Pets Government