Meet the Cave Woodlouse and Friends

Ancient animals that still share the planet with us

Children are always so excited about dinosaurs. They see them as these magnificent, exciting creatures, and they must be so sad when they never spot them running around the forests and parks.

If we are so good in inspiring them to care about dinosaurs, wanting to learn about them, building little models, colouring the books, how come we can’t evoke the same interest in them when it comes to cave animals?

Fair point, they are far smaller, but that shouldn't be the deciding factor. We should be doing our best, yes to encourage children to be interested in history, but at the same time to encourage children to explore environments that still surround them, to care for all living species, to recognise from the early age these contribute to the variety of our living habitats on the planet which is home to all of us.

We scream and shout when we see a spider, get all nervous when there is crawling creature near us, instead of slowing down and observing these interesting species.

Majority of cave animals are extremely small, with cave salamander being by far one of the largest. We can observe them in many caves, yet not so much in northern countries where the ice age lasted too long. But what do we mean – ice age lasted too long? Ice age was such a long time ago, surely there are no animals that we could track back to that period? But indeed we can. Cave animals have been inhabitants of our planet for a very long time and todays’ technology is giving us the possibility to study them like never before, learn more about their evolution and hence learn more about the remote periods we still need to learn a lot about.

So if we are encouraging children to be interested in dinosaurs, we should encourage them too to be curious about the underground life and ecosystems. There are so many different, interesting animals living in complete darkness, in the world that is like night itself, dark and almost completely invisible.

If you want to learn more scroll through the pages of Secret Life in Karst Caves.

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