Glossary

This glossary is a FREE SERVICE to assist the student and enthusiast alike to get a better understanding of scientific terms, wildlife industry jargon and ecological concepts.
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nagana "sleeping sickness" a protozoal disease transmitted by tseste flies causing fever and anaemia in cattle, wildlife tend to be carriers

native species a species that has always been found (endemic) to a specific area

natural licks a naturally formed mineral rich reef in soil, usually with a high salt content

natural selection survival of the offspring of the fittest

nebula Mass of dust and gas in Space

necropsy an autopsy

necrosis The dying off of tissue, associated with injury or envenomation

nena Continent consisting of what are today the Baltic, Ukraine, Europe, Antarctica, Greenland and a portion of North America, which is believed to have formed between 1 600 and 1 300 million years ago

neosporosis a protozoal disease similar to toxoplasmosis, but differs in that dogs not cats form part of its life cycle

nephridium A tubular excretory organ in many invertebrates, such as mollusks and earthworms. The excretory organ of a vertebrate embryo from which the kidney develops.

nestling a newly hatched chick (bird) that is unable to leave the nest yet

nett energy amount of energy available to the animal for growth, lactation, cellular metabolism etc.

neurotoxic a type of venom that acts on the central nervous system associated with cardio-vascular distress and collapse

niche (ecological) a very specific set of conditions within a habitat, specifically suited to the requirements of a single species

nocturnal organisms that are most active at night

nomadic an animal that moves from one location to the next frequently

nomenclature The process of assigning names to new species as they are discovered.

non-consumptive use of game ecotourism, photographic safaris

npn non-proteinaceous nitrogen.

nucellus Tissue in a plant seed that comprises the chief part in which the embryo sac develops, e.g. the edible part of a peanut

nutrient metabolism heat heat produced throught the metabolic process, causing a loss of energy

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