Zoo Scavenger Hunt

Zoo Scavenger Hunt

How about a Zoo Scavenger Hunt?

What is your favorite zoo in your area?

It’s so much fun to see all of the animals, birds and reptiles from all over the world. This can be a fun learning experience for your kids as well as yourself.

I was at Disney’s Animal Kingdom a few years ago and learned that the flamingos are pink because of all the shrimp that they eat. I had never heard that before. So even as adults we can learn new things.

Let’s pack a picnic lunch and head out to the zoo.

I have a pdf scavenger hunt at the end of the blog you can use to see the animals. If you know of others at your zoo add them to the list. Once you are home you can look up the ones on my list that aren’t at your zoo and help the kids learn about them too.

Have the kids mark off the animals as they are found. Tell them to write down an interesting new thing they have learned about each animal from the information signs at each habitat.

While at each of the exhibits watch the activities of each of the animals. Talk with the children about how different each animal is. Have them compare what is different and what activities are similar.

Something else to talk about is the different climates the animals live in and where they can’t live.

Taking our children to the zoo was always fun. I loved to watch their reactions especially the first time we went to the zoo. My favorite time was when one of the girls was standing by the aquarium and a turtle swam right up to her. The awe on her face was priceless.

Share your story with us after you have done your Zoo Scavenger Hunt.


8 replies
  1. Julie Lavender
    Julie Lavender says:

    Jann, my family has enjoyed zoos over the years. My husband, a biologist, was our own personal guide. My daughter also majored in biology and worked at the Chattanooga Zoo before starting work with her church. And we had interesting puffin encounter when my kids were younger that my son still has bragging rights on – we went in a bird area and a puffin – possibly a young one – flew off it’s perch, heading straight for my then-nine-ish year old son. Crashed into his face and grazed his cheek with his sharp face and left a scratch. My son wasn’t hurt, just startled, and he jokes now about the attack of the puffin!

  2. Julie Lavender
    Julie Lavender says:

    Jann, we’ve enjoyed visiting zoos over the years. My biologist husband serves as our personal guide! My daughter also majored in biology and worked at the Chattanooga Zoo before beginning work for their church. We love God’s creations!!

  3. Michelle Adserias
    Michelle Adserias says:

    I wish my kids were little again so we could go back and do this at the zoo! Very interesting tidbit about the flamingos. The tidbit I recently learned was about sand hill cranes. Here in Central Wisconsin their feathers look rust-colored. They actually have gray feathers, but they rub the local soil into their feathers as camouflage.

  4. Jann
    Jann says:

    You’ll have to borrow some kids 😉 Thank you for the info about the sand hill cranes. That’s interesting.

  5. Jann
    Jann says:

    Not at all Joshua. We moved to Florida 9 years ago and haven’t been to the local zoo yet. I just may go. 😉

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