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Habitat Specialist Guide

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Habitat Specialist:


You will research what the best type  of home is for each animal by comparing their natural habitat and the habitats that are used at zoos across the country.  You will make sure the inside of each animal habitat will make the animal feel at home.

 

Habitat Questions:

 

What is a Habitat?

 

 

What do you observe about the different habitats?

 

 

Do you notice a lot of similarities between different zoos Habitats for the same animal? Differences?

 

 

Do you notice a lot of differences between different animal's Habitats? Similarities?

 

 

Do you think the animals are happier in their native habitat or in their zoo habitat? Why?

 

 

What is a climate?

 

 

Why is climate an important factor is designing a zoo habitat?

 

 

What is Vegetation?

 

 

Is vegetation an important element in a habitat?  Why or why not?

 

 

Can more than one animal live in your habitat?  If yes which animals can live together?

 

 

Which animals should live alone?

 

Habitat Research:

 

Go to the following links to learn about habitats in zoos across the country.  You will make obervations about which zoos have the best habitat for each animal.  In the chart below fill in two Exhibits you used as a model for each animal (You must visit all the zoos and use each zoo twice).

 

You will turn in the questions you answered and the Habitat chart below as your Role Activity, along with your research checklist.  Be sure to print it out and check of items as you go along.

 

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Miami Metro Zoo Interactive Map.

 

Scroll up and down to select animals and read a brief description about how their exhibit was designed.

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Blue Planet Biomes.Org

 

Go to the Climate and Animals Tab, you will learn about biomes, the animals that live there and climate.

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Woodland Park Zoo Animal Facts.

 

Select your animal from the list to learn more about the animal's habitat, climate and temperature.

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San Diego Zoo How to Build a Zoo

 

Learn about all it takes to build a zoo, you will want to focus on the Designing and Constructing area the most, but feel free to look around.

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Zoolix International Zoo Design

 

Follow the link to new zoo exhibits from around the world.  Pay attention to the animals and the habitat, look for ones that you think make the best new home for animals.

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Columbus Zoo Interactive Map

 

Select the different areas of the zoo by clicking on the interactive map, from there you will be taken to the habitats and animals in each exhibit

                        
The Animal's Habitat List
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Tiger Data
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Orangutan Data
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Zebra Data
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Giraffe Data
Where are they from?
 
 
 
 
                                
Habitat Needs:
 
 
 
 
Temperature:
 
 
 
Size:
 
 
 
Vegetation:
 
 
 
Climate (polar, tropical, dry, cold, temperate):
 
 
 
 
Exhibit Example One Elements:
 
 
 
 
Exhibit Example Two Elements:
 
 
 
 
Other interesting Facts about this animals habitat:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       
         
 
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Otter Data
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Porcupine Data
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Penguin Data
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Boa Constrictor Data

Where are they from?
 
 
 
 
                                
Habitat Needs:
 
 
 
 
Temperature:
 
 
 
Size:
 
 
 
Vegetation:
 
 
 
Climate (polar, tropical, dry, cold, temperate):
 
 
 
 
Exhibit Example One Elements:
 
 
 
 
Exhibit Example Two Elements:
 
 
 
 
Other interesting Facts about this animals habitat:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       
         

Once you have completed your research, go back to the process area and follow the instructions to finish this webquest with your Research Group.  You will lead the group on the activity that requires your expertise, but you will all work together.  Great job researching, now let's get started on your group project! 
 
 

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