Jesse Elop
Author for A-Z Animals

Jesse Elop is currently a student at the University of Oregon studying biology and anthropology. He loves studying animals, particularly monkeys and apes. His favorite animals are bonobos, mandrills, and dogs, including his three-year-old pup named Rosie.


Are Aurochs Extinct?  Picture

If you saw an aurochs and a modern cow side-by-side, would you be able to tell them apart? If you drive through farmland and pastures, is it possible you might… Read More

By Jesse Elop 1 week ago


7 Common Types of Aphid Picture

If you are an avid farmer or gardener, you may have come across or heard about aphids. Aphids are small pests that infest crops, gardens, and other flora worldwide and… Read More

By Jesse Elop 2 months ago


What is a Keystone Species? Picture

Grizzly bears are an example of a keystone species. All animals and plants are important to their environment, but are some more important than others? Every ecosystem consists of complex… Read More

By Jesse Elop 11 months ago


Discover the Largest Grizzly Bear Ever! Picture

Key Points: Grizzly bears are omnivores, eating both plants and animals. But the percentage of meat they eat, only 30%, categorizes them as hypocarnivores. Whereas, polar bears are hypercarnivores--their diet… Read More

By Jesse Elop 12 months ago


Discover the Largest Lobster Ever Caught! Picture

Colorful Tropical Rock lobster under water. They recognize other individual lobsters, remember past acquaintances, and have elaborate courtship rituals. Researchers say that their intelligence rivals that of octopuses—long considered to… Read More

By Jesse Elop 1 year ago


What do Coyotes Eat? Picture

Coyotes are highly carnivorous but will eat vegetables. Their diet mostly consists of animals ranging from insects, to rodents, to deer Coyotes are fierce predators adapted to many climates. Coyotes,… Read More

By Jesse Elop 1 year ago


Are Whales Mammals? Picture

When people first think of mammals, they often think of elephants, monkeys, bears, and other land-dwelling animals. There are, however, many species of marine mammals as well. The class Mammalia… Read More

By Jesse Elop 1 year ago


What do Insects Eat? Picture

Insects compose around 90% of all animal species! There are about 6 million species of insects alive today! These various species exist throughout every continent including Antarctica. Many animals and… Read More

By Jesse Elop 1 year ago


How Old is the Oldest Neanderthal? Picture

Key Points: Modern-day humans and neanderthals are of the same genus, but are completely separate species. Evidence suggests that neanderthals did not evolve into humans, but both species evolved from… Read More

By Jesse Elop 1 year ago


The World’s 5 Largest Squid Picture

Key Points There are about 300 recognized species of squidThe colossal squid is the largest squid in the world and can weigh up to 1500 pounds.Many squid use bioluminescence as… Read More

By Jesse Elop 1 year ago


The World’s 12 Largest Butterflies Picture

Key Points There are over 24,000 species of butterflies.Butterflies are not just beautiful, they are also very important pollinators. The world’s largest butterfly is the Queen Alexandra’s birdwing and has… Read More

By Jesse Elop 1 year ago


The World’s 9 Largest Jellyfish Picture

Jellyfish are incredibly unique creatures that have been the focus of scientific curiosity for hundreds of years. Based on recent discoveries in the fossil record, it has been determined that… Read More

By Jesse Elop 1 year ago