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antARK is a free to use, open source, educational website for anyone interested in one specific area of nature, ants!
Content found within the site is aimed at individuals with little or no previous knowledge about ants.
The study of ants is termed myrmecology, and so this site is an 'introduction to myrmecology'.
antARK is an 'opensource' site, myrmecologists in the know are encouraged to contribute by improving and/or adding to the content.
Please do get in touch if you want to help out.
By looking over the ant facts, it becomes obvious that the ants are something special.
Ants have efficient and organised societies which are much more human like that we think. Ant colonies with millions of individuals seamlessly perform: public health, movement of goods, infrastructure, climate control, defense systems, child care, live stock farming, food cultivation and traffic flow control.
Their presence on our planet is essential, their techniques for survival are unrivaled, these creatures are definitely worthy of study.
Simply navigate through the menus to discover all sorts of ant information. Look out for those 'more' buttons for hidden goodies.
Scientific words have been written in bold, and their explanation can be found by clicking on the 'glossary' at the top of the page. Taxonomic ant names are written in italics.
Photographers are encouraged to upload and share their photos through the site by clicking 'upload your photos' under the appropriate pages. Images should be no larger than 700 px. Please also include as much information about your ant photos as possible.
If you would like to contribute or edit the text, add pages, etc. please contact us directly.
Much time and effort has been set aside to bring antARK live and keep it up and running. These efforts are funded by donations via Paypal, merchandise via Zazzle and useful advertisements found throughout the site. You can also support antARK by helping to spread the word by 'liking' us on Facebook and 'following' us on Twitter.
To help expand ant awareness to a wider audience we are looking for sponsors and partners. If this interests you please get in touch.
The antARK project would not have been possible without the generosity, co-operation and contributions of many individuals worldwide.
A list of key world myrmecologists and taxonomists can be found at the Global Ant Project (GAP). These people have devoted much of their lives to studying ants and sharing their findings; it is through their hard work that antARK has come into being.
Below are the main forms of media that have inspired and influenced the creation of the antARK project:
Thank you for taking the time to look through antARK.
I hope that you have enjoyed your visit and have learnt something new.
The antARK project was created to share my findings and expand upon a life long fascination with ants.
I hope that through this site, others may discover an unexpected interest with these larger than life creatures.
Any feedback, comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. =)
an ant enthusiast
Jack jumper ant Myrmecia urens sp. gp © Farhan Bokhari