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Animals of the World:
An Internet Scavenger Hunt

Where in the world do some animals live? Celebrate National Zoo and Aquarium Month by sending your students on an Internet scavenger hunt! They'll learn about the natural habitats of ten of the world's animals -- including some animals they've never heard of.

June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month -- a great time to introduce your students to some of the best zoo Web pages on the Internet.

To celebrate zoos, we've created a teaching master for you to use with your students. Use it to send your students off on an Internet scavenger hunt! They'll learn where in the world some common and uncommon animal species live. Students might work on their own or in groups to track down the natural habitats of these ten species.

white-faced saki Venezuela, the Guianas, Brazil
King penguin islands near Antarctica
silver langur Southeast Asia
Gila monster Southwest U.S., Mexico
wallaroo eastern Australia
bison U.S. and Canada (parks and reserves)
meerkat southern Africa
muntjac Taiwan, China
black rhinoceros eastern Africa
green tree python New Guinea, northeastern Australia

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Scavenger Hunt:
Where in the World?


DIRECTIONS: In which part of the world do some animals live? Look at the list of animals below. Some will be familiar to you, and others will not. Use the Internet to find where these animals live. To help you, we've provided you with the URL address for a Web site where you will find the information you need. You might need to wander around the Web site a bit to find the page that has information about each animal's natural habitat. Write the name of the country or continent where you find each animal.


white-faced saki Pittsburgh Zoo
King penguin Pittsburgh Zoo
silver langur Cincinnati Zoo
Gila monster Cincinnati Zoo
wallaroo The Oakland Zoo
bison The Oakland Zoo
meerkat Birmingham Zoo
muntjac Birmingham Zoo
black rhinoceros Lincoln Park Zoo
green tree python Lincoln Park Zoo

BONUS!! Get a copy of a world map. (You might print one out on the back side of this paper.) Then number the animals above from 1 to 10. Put the number next to each animal on the world map to show where in the world that animal lives.

© 2010 by Education World®. Permission is granted to teachers to reproduce this skill page for classroom use.


Article by Gary Hopkins
Education World® Editor-in-Chief
Copyright © 2010 Education World


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Updated 06/08/2010