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Budget Keeper Guide

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Budget Keeper


You will research the costs of running a zoo and caring for the animals. You will observe the cost of constructing exhibits.  Your task will be to discover which animals cost the most to care for and to come up with creative ways to make a profit keeping these expenses in mind.

Budget Questions:

 

What is a budget?

 

 

Have you ever had to save money to buy something big?

 

 

How much do you think it would cost to build a zoo (before your research)?   Would it cost more to build than your house?

 

 

How much do you estimate it will cost each year to run a zoo (before your research)?   

 

 

Can you buy zoo animals?  How much do they cost?

 

 

How much does it cost for one exhibit?  Are there ways to keep more than one animal in the exhibits to save costs and space?

 

 

Which animal do you think will have the most expensive exhibit?  Why?

 

 

Which animal will cost the most to feed?

 

 

Which animal will cost the most to maintain overall?

 

 

What other expenses will you have?

 

 

How much will you charge for admission?

 

 

What are other ways you will make money for your zoo?

 

 

Visit the links below, you will use the information to answer the questions above and fill in the tables below.  Start with the San Diego Zoo, and read about How to Build a Zoo, you will focus on the Managing the money section, but you may find many of the links interesting.  Look for the answer to this question, how much did the newest exhibit at the San Diego Zoo cost?
 

How to Build a Zoo

Visit the different animals at the Woodland Park Zoo, read about their natural diet versus what they eat in the zoo.  Find out what animal eats the most.

Animal Facts

While visiting the Zoo Donation and Support pages record how much it costs to adopt the animals in the chart below.  This information will be valuable to your group work later so use care when researching!

                        
The Animal's Costs Research Table
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Tiger Data
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Orangutan Data
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Zebra Data
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Giraffe Data
                                
This animal eats:
 
 
 
This food costs very little or a lot:
 
 
 
Amount of Food needed:
 
 
 
Size of Exhibit needed:
 
 
 
Amount of care needed:
 
 
 
Cost of Adoption from Zoo #1 (use the links from the table below)
 
 
 
Cost of Adoption from Zoo #2 (use the links from the table below)
 
 
 
 
       
         
 
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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

                                
This animal eats:
 
 
 
This food costs very little or a lot:
 
 
 
Amount of Food needed:
 
 
 
Size of Exhibit needed:
 
 
 
Amount of care needed:
 
 
 
Cost of Adoption from Zoo #1 (use the links from the table below)
 
 
 
Cost of Adoption from Zoo #2 (use the links from the table below)
 
 
 
 
       
         

Raising Money
 
Now that you know how much everything costs you'll want to think about how to enough money so that your zoo is a success.  Take a look at how other zoos get money by visiting their zoo support and donation pages.  Using the information you gather, set a price for admission and brainstorm creative ways your zoo can make a profit. 
 
Visit the links then fill the information in on the chart below:
 

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Dallas Zoo Admission Prices

Dallas Zoo Support and Donations

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Miami Zoo Admission Prices

Miami Zoo Support & Donation Information

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Columbus Zoo Admission Prices

Columbus Zoo Support and Donation Link

Zoo Admission Prices:

 

Adult (13+) 

 

Senior Citizen (65+)  

 

Child (3-12) 

 

Children Two and Under

 

Members

 

Students

 

 

Group Discounts

 

10-20 People 

 

21-50 People 

 

51-100 People   

 

101 Or More 

 

Why did you choose the prices you did?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attraction Ideas

                                                                                

(Something that visitors will be interested in paying for when they visit the zoo, example visitor center with gifts or a ride for children.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoo Event Ideas

                        

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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Click on Process below to see what to do next:

 

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Tasks

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Process

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