Module 2.4: Small Mammals Interpreting with Chinchillas

Save this PDF as:
 WORD  PNG  TXT  JPG

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Module 2.4: Small Mammals Interpreting with Chinchillas"

Transcription

1 Module 2.4: Small Mammals Interpreting with Chinchillas Interpreting with Chinchillas: The theme of your conversations may differ from group to group depending on the program, and the age of your audience. Examples of different talking points that relate to Zoo themes are listed below. Theme: Humans are part of the rich diversity of life, and have the power to protect or destroy it. Background: Chinchillas are currently listed as an endangered species and were hunted nearly to extinction in the 1900s. They were extensively hunted for their pelts and also collected for the pet trade. 1. Talking point: Sustainable products o Chinchillas are covered in dense fur that protects them from cold temperatures. It is extremely soft and highly valued for fur coats. o The species was nearly hunted to extinction in the 1900s for fur; over 100 pelts are needed to make one coat o Successful domestic breeding has reduced the demand for wild chinchillas and has reduced illegal hunting. Call to action: o Encourage visitors to be conscious about what products they purchase; choose sustainable products that have a minimal impact on wildlife (ex. faux fur or leather products). 2. Talking point: Responsible pet ownership o Chinchillas are frequently seen in pet stores. Despite their cute appearance, they do not make good pets for everybody. They have sharp, continuously growing teeth that can cause injury if bitten. Chinchillas are nocturnal animals; they may make rustling noises throughout the night when people are trying to sleep, and are not awake during the day to interact with people. They have specific care requirements, including a large space, with platforms or perches, toys to chew on, and access to a dust bath. o Over-collection from the wild for the pet trade contributed to the species decline. In addition to chinchillas, several other species, especially reptiles and birds, are greatly affected by the pet trade. o Purchasing exotic pets from responsible breeders helps protect wild populations. 12/20/2016 Interpreting with Chinchillas The Maryland Zoo

2 Module 2.4: Small Mammals Interpreting with Chinchillas Call to action: o Urge visitors to do research before purchasing a new pet. Make sure the animal is coming from a responsible breeder and is not a wild caught individual. Know how to properly care for the animal for the entirety of its life. Theme: Animals have adaptations that help them survive Talking point: Nocturnal Adaptations Possible hooks: Why do you think their whiskers are so long? Why are their ears so large? o Have large, mobile ears to hear predators approaching in the dark o Long, sensitive whiskers help them feel their surroundings o Large eyes help them see in lowlight conditions Call to action: o Look for other nocturnal animals on exhibit at the zoo what adaptations do they have? Do they have large ears too? 12/20/2016 Interpreting with Chinchillas The Maryland Zoo

3 Description: Size: o Body length: 9-15 inches ( mm) o Tail length averaging 3-6 inches ( mm) Weight: o Females: up to 28.2 ounces (800 grams) o Males: up to 17.6 ounces (500 grams) Physical Description: Small, mouse like rodent with a slender body and large ears. Fur is extremely soft and dense. Fur is typically white, brown, grey or bluish on the back, and yellow-white on the underside. Fur on the tail is coarse and bushy towards the end. Sexual dimorphism: Females are typically larger than males Habitat and Range: In the Wild Range: Native to Chile along the foothills of the Andes and coastal mountains, south to Talca Habitat: Lives in barren, rocky, mountainous habitat (elevations of 3,000 to 5,000 meters) Diet: Generally herbivorous: Eat grass, seeds and fruits o Eats insects and bird eggs opportunistically Adaptations: Soft dense fur insulates against the cold of the barren mountainous regions it inhabits Long, strong hind legs and a long tail allows for quick and agile running and jumping Long, sensitive whiskers, large eyes and big ears allow for nocturnal lifestyle Bathe in dust because hair is so dense it would be difficult to dry in the wild in their cold habitat Defense: o Dense fur creates a protective layer around the body it is so thick that a predator may wind up with a tuft of fur instead of a meal. o When trapped, chinchillas may attempt to intimidate a predator by standing up and fluffing their tails to make themselves appear larger. o Use sharp incisor teeth to bite as a last resort Social Structure: Live in colonies of up to 100 individuals Serious fighting in the wild is rare threats are expressed through growling, chattering of teeth and urinating

4 Lifespan: Typically live years Ecosystem relationships: Predators: Foxes, snakes, birds of prey Reproduction: Breeding season: May to November Behavior: o Mostly monogamous o Female chinchillas are the dominant sex and are very aggressive toward one another and toward males during estrus Number of offspring: Females bear 2 litters per year with 1-6 young per litter Gestation: about 4 months, which is relatively long for a small mammal Maturation: Relatively advanced young at birth allows the mother to mate again and bear another litter within the year o Young are born with a full coat of fur and open eyes. o Not much parental care required o Time to weaning is about 2 months o Sexual maturity in both sexes occurs on average at 8 months but may occur as early as 5.5 months females have their first litter at an average age of about 1 year 3 months Activity: Nocturnal Other fun facts : While eating, chinchillas sit upright on their hind legs and hold their food with their front paws Like all rodents, chinchilla incisor teeth grow continuously Chinchilla fur is incredibly dense: as many as 60 hairs grow out of each follicle (compared to humans who have 1 hair growing out of each follicle) Conservation Status and Threats: Listed on the IUCN Red List as Endangered o Previously thought to be extinct in the 1960s but has since been rediscovered in the wild. o The species is suspected to be recovering in some areas as successful domestic breeding has helped reduce illegal hunting and trapping in the wild. Protected by CITES Appendix 1 since 1977, which permits the trade of chinchillas only in exceptional circumstances

5 Threats: o Was once extensively hunted for their fur in the 1900s Around this time about 500,000 chinchilla skins were exported from Chile annually Considered to be one of the most valuable pelts in the world Over 100 chinchilla pelts are needed for one fur coat o Collection from the wild for the pet trade o Habitat is threatened by overgrazing of cattle, mining and firewood extraction o Mining near chinchilla colonies is currently their most major threat Reintroduction attempts have been unsuccessful o Possibly because the current numbers are below the minimum population viability size for long-term survival o Predation by foxes has increased At the Zoo Yum Yum (dark grey) and Snow Queen (white) were donated to the zoo from a private owner in Yum Yum (mother) was born in 2003 and Snow Queen (daughter) was born in What We Can Do Do your research before buying a pet o Make sure you are not purchasing a wild-caught individual o Captive-bred species are often easy to find Opt for fake fur over real fur when buying coats and other clothing and accessories o All of our shopping choices can have an impact on the environment and wildlife so when available opt for recycled and local products o Research responsible companies that do not use animal based products or testing Additional Resources and References: Animal Diversity Web: html IUCN Red List: National Zoo: Arkive: MacDonald, D., & Norris, S. (Ed.). (2001). Other Cavy-like Rodents. The encyclopedia of mammals. (1 ed., Vol. 1, pp ). Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Andromeda Oxford Ltd.

Bobcat Interpretive Guide

Bobcat Interpretive Guide Interpretive Guide Exhibit Talking Point: Our job as interpreters is to link what the visitors are seeing to The Zoo's conservation education messages. Our goal is to spark curiosity, create emotional

More information

Bobcat. Lynx Rufus. Other common names. Introduction. Physical Description and Anatomy. None

Bobcat. Lynx Rufus. Other common names. Introduction. Physical Description and Anatomy. None Bobcat Lynx Rufus Other common names None Introduction Bobcats are the most common wildcat in North America. Their name comes from the stubby tail, which looks as though it has been bobbed. They are about

More information

Opossum. Didelphis virginiana

Opossum. Didelphis virginiana Opossum Didelphis virginiana Other common names Virginia Opossum, possum Introduction The opossum is the only marsupial found in the United States. Like kangaroos, another wellknown marsupial, opossums

More information

Big Cat Rescue Presents. Tigrina or Oncilla

Big Cat Rescue Presents. Tigrina or Oncilla Big Cat Rescue Presents Tigrina or Oncilla 1 Tigrina or Oncilla Big Cat Rescue 12802 Easy Street Tampa, Florida 33625 www.bigcatrescue.org Common Name: Oncilla Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)

More information

African Reptiles Interpretive Guide

African Reptiles Interpretive Guide African Reptiles Interpretive Guide Exhibit Theme: Not all animals make good pets; in fact, our enthusiasm for keeping them can hurt their populations in the wild. Common Threat: Over collection for the

More information

Snowshoe Hare and Canada Lynx Populations

Snowshoe Hare and Canada Lynx Populations Snowshoe Hare and Canada Lynx Populations Ashley Knoblock Dr. Grossnickle Bio 171 Animal Biology Lab 2 December 1, 2014 Ashley Knoblock Dr. Grossnickle Bio 171 Lab 2 Snowshoe Hare and Canada Lynx Populations

More information

Your Guide To DEFENDING YOUR HOME. Against RATS & MICE

Your Guide To DEFENDING YOUR HOME. Against RATS & MICE Your Guide To DEFENDING YOUR HOME Against RATS & MICE 4 6 7 0 2 Norway Rat Roof Rat House Mouse Also Known As: Size (Adult) Weight (Adult) Appearance & Physical Characteristics House rat Brown rat Wharf

More information

Coyote. Canis latrans. Other common names. Introduction. Physical Description and Anatomy. Eastern Coyote

Coyote. Canis latrans. Other common names. Introduction. Physical Description and Anatomy. Eastern Coyote Coyote Canis latrans Other common names Eastern Coyote Introduction Coyotes are the largest wild canine with breeding populations in New York State. There is plenty of high quality habitat throughout the

More information

Snowshoe Hare. Lepus americanus. Other common names. Introduction. Physical Description and Anatomy. Snowshoe rabbit, varying hare, white rabbit

Snowshoe Hare. Lepus americanus. Other common names. Introduction. Physical Description and Anatomy. Snowshoe rabbit, varying hare, white rabbit Snowshoe Hare Lepus americanus Other common names Snowshoe rabbit, varying hare, white rabbit Introduction Snowshoe hares are named for their hind feet, which are large and webbed and act like snowshoes,

More information

Northern Copperhead Updated: April 8, 2018

Northern Copperhead Updated: April 8, 2018 Interpretation Guide Northern Copperhead Updated: April 8, 2018 Status Danger Threats Population Distribution Habitat Diet Size Longevity Social Family Units Reproduction Our Animals Scientific Name Least

More information

Between 1850 and 1900, human population increased, and 99% of the forest on Puerto Rico was cleared.

Between 1850 and 1900, human population increased, and 99% of the forest on Puerto Rico was cleared. Case studies, continued. 9) Puerto Rican Parrot Low point was 13 parrots in 1975. Do not breed until 4 years old. May be assisted by helpers at the nest, but this is not clear. Breeding coincides with

More information

Striped Skunk Updated: April 8, 2018

Striped Skunk Updated: April 8, 2018 Striped Skunk Updated: April 8, 2018 Interpretation Guide Status Danger Threats Population Distribution Habitat Diet Size Longevity Social Family Units Reproduction Our Animals Scientific Name Least Concern

More information

THE CHILDREN S ZOO. Scavenger Hunt GRADES K-3

THE CHILDREN S ZOO. Scavenger Hunt GRADES K-3 THE CHILDREN S ZOO Scavenger Hunt GRADES K-3 Scavenger Hunt The Children s Zoo (K-3) Teacher s Guide Updated Summer 2011 APPROXIMATE TIME: 60 Minutes Suggestions for Teachers: 1. Allow your children about

More information

All About Chinchillas By Spencer Underwood

All About Chinchillas By Spencer Underwood All About Chinchillas By Spencer Underwood http://todaysmama.com/files/2011/10/chinchilla-pet.jpg All About Chinchillas By Spencer Underwood What is a Chinchilla? Chinchillas are small South American rodents

More information

Geoffroy s Cat: Biodiversity Research Project

Geoffroy s Cat: Biodiversity Research Project Geoffroy s Cat: Biodiversity Research Project Viet Nguyen Conservation Biology BES 485 Geoffroy s Cat Geoffroy s Cat (Leopardus geoffroyi) are small, little known spotted wild cat found native to the central

More information

Equipment and Room Requirements. Three large tables (or desks moved to create three stations) with adequate space for students to move around.

Equipment and Room Requirements. Three large tables (or desks moved to create three stations) with adequate space for students to move around. FROM MICE TO MOOSE MAMMALS OF MAINE From Mice to Moose is an activity-based program where students participate in hands-on activities to develop an understanding of the mammals of Maine. Through the use

More information

Erin Maggiulli. Scientific Name (Genus species) Lepidochelys kempii. Characteristics & Traits

Erin Maggiulli. Scientific Name (Genus species) Lepidochelys kempii. Characteristics & Traits Endangered Species Common Name Scientific Name (Genus species) Characteristics & Traits (s) Kemp s Ridley Sea Turtle Lepidochelys kempii Triangular head w/ hooked beak, grayish green color. Around 100

More information

Grey Fox. Urocyon cinereoargenteus

Grey Fox. Urocyon cinereoargenteus Grey Fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus Other common names Gray fox, tree fox. Introduction The grey fox is unique in that it can rotate its forearms and has curved claws, making it the only canid in America

More information

Fisher. Martes pennanti

Fisher. Martes pennanti Fisher Martes pennanti Other common names Fisher cat, pole cat Introduction Fishers are one of only a few predators known to successfully feed on porcupines on a regular basis. They are also known as fisher

More information

Andros Iguana Education Kit Checklist

Andros Iguana Education Kit Checklist Andros Iguana Education Kit Checklist Activity A: Where Have All the Iguanas Gone? Activity Sheets Envelope Activity Instructions Sheet Iguana Habitat Master Copy Threat Coverage 30%/70% Master Copy Threat

More information

Ashley ) Dominique. English February Day: 83. Caracals

Ashley ) Dominique. English February Day: 83. Caracals Ashley (ashleyeickelman@gmail.com ) Dominique English 8 16 February 2018 Day: 83 Caracals Caracals are small carnivorous mammals found in the grasslands around the world. In the forests and savannas a

More information

This Coloring Book has been adapted for the Wildlife of the Table Rocks

This Coloring Book has been adapted for the Wildlife of the Table Rocks This Coloring Book has been adapted for the Wildlife of the Table Rocks All images and some writing belong to: Additional writing by: The Table Rocks Environmental Education Program I became the national

More information

The Echidna The Eastern Long Beaked Echidna Nick Corlew, Harrison Simons, and Charlie Lichauer

The Echidna The Eastern Long Beaked Echidna Nick Corlew, Harrison Simons, and Charlie Lichauer The Echidna The Eastern Long Beaked Echidna Nick Corlew, Harrison Simons, and Charlie Lichauer Zaglossus bruijini / Z. Bruijini The Eastern Long-Beaked Echidna Thesis: Nothing that is innocent deserves

More information

Examples of herbivorous animals: rabbits, deer and beaver

Examples of herbivorous animals: rabbits, deer and beaver Mammal Adaptations Mammals are a group of animals that fit together because they all 1)have fur or hair 2) bear live young 3) feed their young with milk from specialized mammary glands. We are going to

More information

Life Cycle of a Leopard

Life Cycle of a Leopard Text Structures Life Cycle of a Leopard A Sequence and Order Text Contents For teachers' What is a Leopard?...4 What Does a Leopard Look Like?...6 What is a Life Cycle?...8 Mating and Reproduction... 10

More information

The House Mouse (Mus musculus)

The House Mouse (Mus musculus) The House Mouse (Mus musculus) Introduction The house mouse (Mus musculus) is a native rodent species in Great Britain. It is regarded as a common species, and is listed as being of least concern by the

More information

Beaver. Mammal Rodent

Beaver. Mammal Rodent Beaver Rodent Is the second largest rodent in the world. It is a semi-aquatic rodent that is primarily nocturnal. They are mainly known for building dams, canals, and lodges(their homes). Large sharp front

More information

4-H Small Animals. Birds Gerbils Hamsters Mice Reptiles

4-H Small Animals. Birds Gerbils Hamsters Mice Reptiles 4-H Small Animals Birds Gerbils Hamsters Mice Reptiles 4-H Small Animal Project Introduction Raising and caring for small animal pets can be lots of fun and also educational. There are many different kinds

More information

The Truth About. Rodents. by Kate Johanns HOUGHTON MIFFLIN

The Truth About. Rodents. by Kate Johanns HOUGHTON MIFFLIN The Truth About Rodents by Kate Johanns HOUGHTON MIFFLIN The Truth About Rodents by Kate Johanns PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS: Cover Arco Images/Alamy; tp Anthony Bannister/Animals Animals Earth Scenes All rights

More information

distance north or south from the equator Learned behavior: actions or mannerisms that are not instinctive but are taught through experience

distance north or south from the equator Learned behavior: actions or mannerisms that are not instinctive but are taught through experience Glossary Adaptation: a trait that helps an animal or plant survive in its environment Alpha: the highest ranking individual in a group Amino acid: the building blocks of proteins; found within DNA Bear-proof:

More information

B-Division Herpetology Test. By: Brooke Diamond

B-Division Herpetology Test. By: Brooke Diamond B-Division Herpetology Test By: Brooke Diamond Rules: - Play each slide for 2 minutes and answer the questions on the test sheet. - Use only pages attached to your binder, you may not use stray pages.

More information

Fact Sheet: Oustalet s Chameleon Furcifer oustaleti

Fact Sheet: Oustalet s Chameleon Furcifer oustaleti Fact Sheet: Oustalet s Chameleon Furcifer oustaleti Description: Size: o Males: 2.5 ft (68.5 cm) long o Females:1 ft 3 in (40 cm) long Weight:: 14-17 oz (400-500g) Hatchlings: 0.8 grams Sexual Dimorphism:

More information

AMERICAN ALLIGATOR. Alligator mississippiensis. Map. Picture Picture Picture

AMERICAN ALLIGATOR. Alligator mississippiensis. Map. Picture Picture Picture Alligator mississippiensis AMERICAN ALLIGATOR freshwater, swamps, bayous and lakes southeastern United States fish, turtles, aquatic birds, mammals 35-50 years LEAST CONRN Alligators have 80 teeth in their

More information

Animal Adaptations Woodland Animal Fact Sheet

Animal Adaptations Woodland Animal Fact Sheet Post Visit Resource 5 Animal Adaptations Woodland Animal Fact Sheet Fox Food: Foxes will eat almost anything they can get hold of. They eat small mammals such as rabbits and voles, insects and invertebrates,

More information

Ferocious Snow Leopards

Ferocious Snow Leopards Ferocious Snow Leopards Nick Michael Sandor Saul June 2013 Introduction! 3 In What Type of Habitat Does a Snow Leopard Live?! 4 Sources! 6 How Do Snow Leopards Survive?! 7 Sources! 9 How Do Snow Leopards

More information

The Amazingly Adapted Arctic Fox By Guy Belleranti

The Amazingly Adapted Arctic Fox By Guy Belleranti A fascinating hunter makes its home in the Arctic tundra. The fluffy white mammal is known to leap high in the air before pouncing on the burrow of its suspected prey. After a few seconds of furious digging,

More information

Who Am I? Animal Book. 3rd Grade Research Class

Who Am I? Animal Book. 3rd Grade Research Class Who Am I? Animal Book 3rd Grade Research Class Created by Mrs. Ballerini s Class 2016 Can you guess what I am? I live in the ocean worldwide in cold water. I swim straight. I have a white underside and

More information

Big Cat Rescue. Black Footed Cat

Big Cat Rescue. Black Footed Cat Big Cat Rescue Black Footed Cat 1 Black Footed Cat Some sources list a southern subspecies, Felis nigripes thomasi, but today many authorities question the validity of this subspecies. Common Name: Black

More information

Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis)

Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) Conservation Status: Near Threatened. FIELD GUIDE TO NORTH AMERICAN MAMMALS Pygmy Rabbits dig extensive burrow systems, which are also used by other animals. Loss

More information

Threatened & Endangered Species Tour Post Visit Activity Packet

Threatened & Endangered Species Tour Post Visit Activity Packet Threatened & Endangered Species Tour Post Visit Activity Packet We hope that you enjoyed your visit to the Mill Mountain Zoo. To enhance you and your students experience, we have put together a little

More information

Habitats provide food, water, and shelter which animals need to survive.

Habitats provide food, water, and shelter which animals need to survive. Adaptation Adaptations are the way living organisms cope with environmental stresses and pressures A biological adaptation is an anatomical structure, physiological process or behavioral trait of an organism

More information

Madagascar Spider Tortoise Updated: January 12, 2019

Madagascar Spider Tortoise Updated: January 12, 2019 Interpretation Guide Status Danger Threats Population Distribution Habitat Diet Size Longevity Social Family Units Reproduction Our Animals Scientific Name Madagascar Spider Tortoise Updated: January 12,

More information

Module 1.5 & 2.1: Invertebrates Interpretive Guide

Module 1.5 & 2.1: Invertebrates Interpretive Guide Module 1.5 & 2.1: Invertebrates Interpretive Guide Interpreting Invertebrates: Our job as interpreters is to link what the visitors are seeing to The Zoo's conservation education messages. Our goal is

More information

Panther Habitat. Welcome to the. Who Are Florida Panthers? Panther Classification

Panther Habitat. Welcome to the. Who Are Florida Panthers? Panther Classification Welcome to the Panther Habitat Panther Classification Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Puma Species: Concolor Subspecies (Southern U.S): P.c. coryi Who Are Florida Panthers? The

More information

Adaptations P R I M A R Y

Adaptations P R I M A R Y Adaptations P R I M A R Y Acknowledgements This resource was developed by: Alice Howard, Zoos SA Learning With support from the following people and organisations: John Gardner, Zoos SA Education Ruth

More information

All about snakes. What are snakes? Are snakes just lizards without legs? If you want to know more

All about snakes. What are snakes? Are snakes just lizards without legs? If you want to know more Novak.lisa@gmail.com Day 83 12/29/2017 All about snakes What are snakes? Are snakes just lizards without legs? If you want to know more keep reading to find out the answers to the question. The purpose

More information

2016 LANCASTER COUNTY JUNIOR ENVIROTHON STUDY GUIDE: MAMMALS OF PENNSYLVANIA S FIELD HABITATS

2016 LANCASTER COUNTY JUNIOR ENVIROTHON STUDY GUIDE: MAMMALS OF PENNSYLVANIA S FIELD HABITATS 2016 LANCASTER COUNTY JUNIOR ENVIROTHON STUDY GUIDE: MAMMALS OF PENNSYLVANIA S FIELD HABITATS RED FOX: A common carnivore in Pennsylvania, the red fox measures 36 to 40 in length, weighs between 8 to 10

More information

Full of advice for caring for your pet. Your guide to Degus. Jollyes, only the best for you and your pets.

Full of advice for caring for your pet. Your guide to Degus. Jollyes, only the best for you and your pets. Full of advice for caring for your pet Your guide to Degus Jollyes, only the best for you and your pets www.jollyes.co.uk Are you ready? Degus originate from Chile where they live in large colonies in

More information

Our Neighbors the Coyotes. Presented by: First Landing State Park

Our Neighbors the Coyotes. Presented by: First Landing State Park Our Neighbors the Coyotes Presented by: First Landing State Park Basic Facts Weigh 25-35lbs Smaller than a grey wolf, more like a medium sized dog Can live up to 14 years, though most wild coyotes don

More information

SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology Tooth and Eye Dentification Teacher Resource

SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology Tooth and Eye Dentification Teacher Resource SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology Tooth and Eye Dentification Teacher Resource Grade Levels: 3 rd 5 th Grade 3 rd Grade: SC.3.N.1.1 - Raise questions about the natural world, investigate them individually

More information

Module 1.3: Introductory Snakes Interpretive Guide

Module 1.3: Introductory Snakes Interpretive Guide Module 1.3: Introductory Snakes Interpretive Guide Interpreting With Snakes: The theme of your conversations may differ from group to group depending on the program, the age of your audience, or your audience

More information

Internship Report: Raptor Conservation in Bulgaria

Internship Report: Raptor Conservation in Bulgaria Internship Report: Raptor Conservation in Bulgaria All photos credited Natasha Peters, David Izquierdo, or Vladimir Dobrev reintroduction programme in Bulgaria Life History Size: 47-55 cm / 105-129 cm

More information

Ciccaba virgata (Mottled Owl)

Ciccaba virgata (Mottled Owl) Ciccaba virgata (Mottled Owl) Family: Strigidae (Typical Owls) Order: Strigiformes (Owls) Class: Aves (Birds) Fig. 1. Mottled owl, Ciccaba virgata. [http://www.owling.com/mottled13.htm, downloaded 12 November

More information

Coyote (Canis latrans)

Coyote (Canis latrans) Coyote (Canis latrans) Coyotes are among the most adaptable mammals in North America. They have an enormous geographical distribution and can live in very diverse ecological settings, even successfully

More information

Your web browser (Safari 7) is out of date. For more security, comfort and the best experience on this site: Update your browser Ignore

Your web browser (Safari 7) is out of date. For more security, comfort and the best experience on this site: Update your browser Ignore Your web browser (Safari 7) is out of date. For more security, comfort and the best experience on this site: Update your browser Ignore SCAVENGER For the complete encyclopedic entry with media resources,

More information

KS3 Adaptation. KS3 Adaptation. Adaptation dominoes Trail

KS3 Adaptation. KS3 Adaptation. Adaptation dominoes Trail KS3 Adaptation KS3 Adaptation Adaptation dominoes Trail Adaptation Trail The Adaptation Trail is a journey of discovery through Marwell which allows students to develop and apply their knowledge and understanding

More information

DHOLE PROTECTION GUIDE CREATED BY

DHOLE PROTECTION GUIDE CREATED BY DHOLE PROTECTION GUIDE CREATED BY INTRO In this presentation we are talking about the endangered species name Dhole which is a red dog that lives in the Middle East and India which there are only 2,500

More information

Adaptations to Extreme Weather

Adaptations to Extreme Weather Adaptations to Extreme Weather First Grade Field Trip Activity Guide Field Trip Activity Guide 2017/18 P a g e 1 NOTES FOR CHAPERONES Welcome to the Oregon Zoo! Thank you for helping to make this field

More information

Little Brown Bat Myotis lucifugus

Little Brown Bat Myotis lucifugus Bat Management Little Brown Bat Myotis lucifugus Biology Nocturnal Approximately 8-9cm long and weighs 3-14 grams depending on age and time of year Bats have a very low reproductive rate May live for 30+

More information

Ruppell s Griffon Vulture

Ruppell s Griffon Vulture Species Status IUCN: Critically Endangered ESA Status: Not Listed CITES: Appendix II TAG: Raptor TAG AZA SSP DESIGNATION: Yellow GEOGRAPHIC REGION: Africa BIOME: Savanna EXHIBIT DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT HUSBANDRY

More information

Animal Biodiversity. Teacher Resources - High School (Cycle 1) Biology Redpath Museum

Animal Biodiversity. Teacher Resources - High School (Cycle 1) Biology Redpath Museum Animal Biodiversity Teacher Resources - High School (Cycle 1) Biology Redpath Museum Ecology What defines a habitat? 1. Geographic Location The location of a habitat is determined by its latitude and its

More information

Night Life Pre-Visit Packet

Night Life Pre-Visit Packet Night Life Pre-Visit Packet The activities in this pre-visit packet have been designed to help you and your students prepare for your upcoming Night Life program at the St. Joseph County Parks. The information

More information

Pangolins: 13 facts about the world's most hunted animal by Guy Kelley

Pangolins: 13 facts about the world's most hunted animal by Guy Kelley Pangolins: 13 facts about the world's most hunted animal by Guy Kelley The prehistoric pangolin, which walks on its hind legs due to the length and curvature of its impressive claws. CREDIT: JUDY HURD

More information

You are about to learn about a fun city called Lancaster. This PowerPoint will tell you about Lancaster's schools, parks, presidents, famous people

You are about to learn about a fun city called Lancaster. This PowerPoint will tell you about Lancaster's schools, parks, presidents, famous people You are about to learn about a fun city called Lancaster. This PowerPoint will tell you about Lancaster's schools, parks, presidents, famous people and much more. We hope you enjoy it. FLORA & FUANA OF

More information

15 years. Name Sex Birth Year Individual History

15 years. Name Sex Birth Year Individual History Panthera pardus orientalis AMUR LEOPARD temperate forest Russia, China, North Korea deer, wild boar, rodents, other small mammals 15 years Amur leopards are incredibly strong for their size. CRITICALLY

More information

Draw a line from the names below to the animals they match. Red Fox. Wild Turkey. Wood Duck. White-tailed Deer. Black Bear

Draw a line from the names below to the animals they match. Red Fox. Wild Turkey. Wood Duck. White-tailed Deer. Black Bear Science and Nature Cente Draw a line from the names below to the animals they match. Which animal do you like the best that you see in the nature center? Red Fox Wild Turkey Wood Duck White-tailed Deer

More information

Tree Squirrels & Chipmunks

Tree Squirrels & Chipmunks Tree Squirrels & Chipmunks Literacy Centers For 2 nd & 3 rd Grades FREE from The Curriculum Corner Tree Squirrel Chipmunk facts opinions Tree squirrels have four front teeth. Chipmunks and tree squirrels

More information

Station #4. All information Adapted from:http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/activities/makeitahabitat/adaptations.html and other sites

Station #4. All information Adapted from:http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/activities/makeitahabitat/adaptations.html and other sites Adaptation Homework Station #1 GOAL: Avoid the Sun s heat and keep themselves cool. Animals spend the daylight hours hiding in burrows or behind boulders. They come out at night to hunt and forage for

More information

April 18, 2012 Question 2 A. B. C. D.

April 18, 2012 Question 2 A. B. C. D. Question 2 Which interaction between organisms would be described as parasitic? A. a mosquito feeding on the blood of a dog B. a bee gathering nectar and pollen from a flower C. a cleaner shrimp picking

More information

Family Soricidae Masked shrew Southeastern shrew (long-tailed shrews)

Family Soricidae Masked shrew Southeastern shrew (long-tailed shrews) Masked shrew Southeastern shrew (long-tailed shrews) Solitary, insectivorous & primarily nocturnal Prefers moist habitats Breeds summer-fall Has 1-2 litters per breeding season Family Soricidae Family

More information

The puff adder is a large, sluggish, thick-bodied snake that rarely exceeds a meter in length.

The puff adder is a large, sluggish, thick-bodied snake that rarely exceeds a meter in length. Snakes Great care must be taken with snakes due to the inherent dangers involved with handling snakes. A professional must always be called in to assist and it would be wise to call on your local snake

More information

Is That Mammal a Carnivore, Herbivore or Omnivore?

Is That Mammal a Carnivore, Herbivore or Omnivore? Name: Is That Mammal a Carnivore, by Guy Belleranti A mammal can be a carnivore (meat eater), herbivore (plant eater) or omnivore (meat and plant eater). By looking at the teeth, eye position and feet

More information

Learn About Raccoons by Created by Lit Mama Homeschool

Learn About Raccoons by Created by Lit Mama Homeschool Learn About Raccoons by Raccoons, with their bandit masks and sweet faces, are often thought of as pests. They dig through the garbage, eat the dog s food, and cause a general ruckus if you leave food

More information

The Mitten Animal Unit Study

The Mitten Animal Unit Study The Mitten Animal Unit Study by Lit Mama Homeschool There are 7 mammals and a bird who end up sharing Nicki s mitten in the snowy woods in Jan Brett s picture book The Mitten. Each of these creatures is

More information

People around the world should be striving to preserve a healthy environment for both humans and

People around the world should be striving to preserve a healthy environment for both humans and People around the world should be striving to preserve a healthy environment for both humans and animals. However, factors such as pollution, climate change and exploitation are causing an increase in

More information

CORE LESSON: Adaptation Rooms

CORE LESSON: Adaptation Rooms CORE LESSON: Adaptation Rooms Objectives and Summary: Students explore the concept of animal adaptation by modeling the benefit of an adaptation in the introduction (teacher led), and by observing and

More information

Australian Animals. Andrea Buford Arkansas State University

Australian Animals. Andrea Buford Arkansas State University Australian Animals Andrea Buford Arkansas State University Andrea.buford@smail.astate.edu Animals of Australia Many people visit Australia for its unique animals. Australia has more than 378 mammal species,

More information

You may also use other websites for your research (some of the zoos have some good information on their websites for example).

You may also use other websites for your research (some of the zoos have some good information on their websites for example). Animal Focus Presentation Guidelines Koala Part 1. 4-7 RELIABLE SOURCES!!! Your first source should be a general website that contains basic information (such as the AccessScience database available through

More information

Companion Animals. Animal Facilities DOGS. Animal Behavior/Restraint: Companion Animals. General Companion Animal Behavior

Companion Animals. Animal Facilities DOGS. Animal Behavior/Restraint: Companion Animals. General Companion Animal Behavior Companion Animals Animal Behavior and Restraint Companion Animals Domesticated species Dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, birds Exotic pet species Reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, monkeys, Wildlife or farm

More information

Overview. Classification Distribution General Description Feeding Habits Diet and hunting skills Behavior Life Cycle Birth and development Mortality

Overview. Classification Distribution General Description Feeding Habits Diet and hunting skills Behavior Life Cycle Birth and development Mortality Saving Lives with a Little Natural History in this case, the Red Fox Valerie Ackerman Virginia State Licensed Rehabilitator President, Wilderness Wildlife Rehabilitation Classification Distribution General

More information

Rufous hare-wallaby Lagorchestes hirsutus

Rufous hare-wallaby Lagorchestes hirsutus Rufous hare-wallaby Lagorchestes hirsutus Wild populations of the rufous hare-wallaby remain only on Bernier and Dorre islands in Shark Bay. There is also a translocated population of the central Australian

More information

Hawke s Bay Regional Predator Control Technical Protocol (PN 4970)

Hawke s Bay Regional Predator Control Technical Protocol (PN 4970) Hawke s Bay Regional Predator Control Technical Protocol (PN 4970) This Regional Predator Control Protocol sets out areas that are Predator Control Areas and the required monitoring threshold to meet the

More information

Ebook Code: REAU5055 SAMPLE

Ebook Code: REAU5055 SAMPLE Ebook Code: REAU5055 Teachers Notes 4 Curriculum Links 5 Looking at The Red Kangaroo 6 The Red Kangaroo Activity 1 7 The Red Kangaroo Activity 2 8 The Red Kangaroo Activity 3 9 Looking at The Emu 10 The

More information

Organism project. Brushtail Possum. By Alex Warde - Watson

Organism project. Brushtail Possum. By Alex Warde - Watson Organism project Brushtail Possum By Alex Warde - Watson Introduction The common brushtail possum is an Australian mammal, they live throughout the eastern, northern and sometimes western parts of Australia,

More information

Black Crested Mangabey Lophocebus aterrimus

Black Crested Mangabey Lophocebus aterrimus Black Crested Mangabey Lophocebus aterrimus Range: Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Habitat: Lowland Rainforests Diet: Fruit, leaves, nuts, nectar, and arthropods. They are important seed

More information

Education. ESL-Advance

Education. ESL-Advance Education ESL-Advance For the Teacher General Information Welcome to Featherdale Wildlife Park! Our Wildlife Park is a great place for learning. Our Education team aims to support students, young and old

More information

Physical Description Meadow voles are small rodents with legs and tails, bodies, and ears.

Physical Description Meadow voles are small rodents with legs and tails, bodies, and ears. A Guide to Meadow Voles Identification, Biology and Control Methods Identification There are 5 species of Meadow Vole common to California. They are the California Vole, Long-tailed Vole, Creeping Vole,

More information

GUINEA PIG CARE SHEET

GUINEA PIG CARE SHEET GUINEA PIG CARE SHEET BIOLOGY Lifespan: 5-6 years average Adult Weight: 1.5-2.7 pounds Sexual Maturity: Males: 3 months; Females: 2 months Gestation: 59-72 days (average 68 days) Litter Size: 1-13 (2-4

More information

Nat Geo Notes for: How do Living Things Survive and Change?

Nat Geo Notes for: How do Living Things Survive and Change? Nat Geo Notes for: How do Living Things Survive and Change? I. Physical characteristics of living things A. Animal Adaptations 1. adaptations are characteristics that help organisms survive or reproduce

More information

SLOW DOWN, LOVE WIZARD. HERE S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HORNED LIZARD.

SLOW DOWN, LOVE WIZARD. HERE S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HORNED LIZARD. SLOW DOWN, LOVE WIZARD. HERE S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HORNED LIZARD. Horned lizards predominately eat ants. In small doses the ants venom does not harm the lizard; however, a swarm can kill an

More information

Social media kit for World Wildlife Day 2018

Social media kit for World Wildlife Day 2018 Social media kit for World Wildlife Day 2018 Date: 3 March 2018 Theme: Big Cats predators under threat Main hashtags: #WorldWildlifeDay, #PredatorsUnderThreat, #WWD2018 Supplementary hashtags: #DoOneThingToday

More information

ECOSYSTEMS Wolves in Yellowstone

ECOSYSTEMS Wolves in Yellowstone ECOSYSTEMS Wolves in Yellowstone Adapted from Background Two hundred years ago, around 1800, Yellowstone looked much like it does today; forest covered mountain areas and plateaus, large grassy valleys,

More information

Malayan Tiger Updated: April 8, 2018

Malayan Tiger Updated: April 8, 2018 Malayan Tiger Updated: April 8, 2018 Interpretation Guide Status Danger Threats SSP Yellow Critically Endangered (IUCN Red List) Their main threat to habitat loss is deforestation due to palm oil plantation

More information

First named as a separate species of rodent in 1946, Tokudaia muenninki, also known as

First named as a separate species of rodent in 1946, Tokudaia muenninki, also known as First named as a separate species of rodent in 1946, Tokudaia muenninki, also known as Muennink s spiny rat or the Okinawa spiny rat, lives in the northern region of Yanbaru Forest on Okinawa Island, Japan.

More information

4th Grade Animal Studies Assessment

4th Grade Animal Studies Assessment Name: Date: 1. Lamar's strong legs can climb rocks, swim, and ride a bike. Which best describes how our body helps us adapt to different activities? A. Lamar wears a jacket while riding his bike. B. Our

More information

Veterinary Science. Rabbit Unit Handouts

Veterinary Science. Rabbit Unit Handouts Veterinary Science Rabbit Unit Handouts Rabbits Classification o Order: Family 1. - Pika Family 2. - Rabbits and Hares Genus 1. - American cottontail o Genus 2. - True hares o Genus 3. - European hares

More information

Meet The Mammals. Colouring Book. Environment Agency. Northern Ireland.

Meet The Mammals. Colouring Book. Environment Agency. Northern Ireland. Meet The Mammals Colouring Book www.ni-environment.gov.uk Northern Ireland Environment Agency Teacher Notes Welcome to Meet the Mammals. NIEA (Northern ireland Environment Agency) is producing a range

More information

The Arctic fox in Scandinavia yesterday, today and tomorrow.

The Arctic fox in Scandinavia yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Arctic fox in Scandinavia yesterday, today and tomorrow. The biology of the Arctic fox The Arctic fox is a small fox that is found in Arctic and subarctic areas around the northern hemisphere in Siberia,

More information

Cat Behavior History Questionnaire

Cat Behavior History Questionnaire Jill A. Goldman, Ph.D., CAAB Animal Behavior Services P.O. Box 2032 Toluca Lake California 91610 www.drjillgoldman.com 949-683-4886 Help@DrJillGoldman.com Cat Behavior History Questionnaire Client Name:

More information

Porcupine Family Erethizontidae Erethizon dorsatum

Porcupine Family Erethizontidae Erethizon dorsatum Porcupine Family Erethizontidae Erethizon dorsatum Think you re having a bad day? Imagine getting too close to the business end of a porcupine. Latin for porcupine is porcus spina, which means swine-thorn.

More information