Zoo Mania

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Lions and tigers and bears, Oh my! Animals at the Louisville Zoo are going wild! On Tuesday, Fred, the mischievous chimpanzee, cleverly escaped and released other animals from their cages.  A lion, tiger, Grizzly bear, zebra, and Fred are all missing.  Zoo officials are extremely worried about the safety of these animals.  They all need special habitats in order to survive.  A habitat is the natural enviroment in which animals live.  Zoo officials work hard to create environments that are similar to each animals' natural habitat.  Your job is to become an animal expert.  You must research the habitats of these animals to help them find their way back to their home at the zoo.  Remember, these animals need your help.  Good luck and have fun learning about animal habitats.


  • Together, we can help save the missing animals.  Working in groups of 4, you will research the habitats of lions, tigers, Grizzly bears, zebras, and chimpanzees.  You must answer the following questions:   

1.  What do these animals look like?

2.  Where do these animals live in the world? Be specific.

3.  What type of climate do they live in?  Is it cold or hot?

4.  Do they live in a shelter? If so, what kind?

5.  What do they eat?

6.  Could these animals survive in Louisvillle?  Why?  

  • Task 1

After answering the questions, your group will create a flyer that will be posted throughout the city.  Each flyer must include drawings of each animal and must also describe their habitat.  You must include the answers to the questions on the flyer.   Zoo officials will use this information to put the animals back in their proper spots at the zoo.  Be creative.  Creativity will be rewarded.

  •  Task 2

Each group member will write a story.  Pick one of the 5 animals and describe at least one habitat that this animal saw while roaming the city of Louisville.  What events happened?  Where did ithis animal go?  How did it find its way back to the zoo?  The animal will also need to compare its own habitat with that of the animals that it encounters in Lousiville.



Task 1:  Flyer will be graded by participation of all group members.  All students must work together to create the flyer. 

Task 2:  The story will be graded by a rubric.  Make sure to include a catchy introduction and to proofread for any grammar or punctuation errors.  Relate your story to the topic and stay on topic. 



For   Story







First   paragraph has a "grabber" or catchy beginning.


First   paragraph has a weak "grabber".


A   catchy beginning was attempted but was confusing rather than catchy.


No   attempt was made to catch the reader's attention in the first paragraph.


Grammar   and Punctuation

There   are no spelling or punctuation errors.


There   are 1-2 spelling or punctuation errors.


There   are 3-4 spelling or punctuation errors.


There   are more than 4 spelling or punctuation errors.



Focus   on

Assigned   Topic

The entire story is   related to the assigned topic and allows the reader to understand much more   about the topic.


Most of the story   is related to the assigned topic. The story wanders off at one point, but the   reader can still learn.


Some of the story   is related to the assigned topic, but a reader does not learn much about the   topic.


No   attempt has been made to relate the story to the assigned topic.


Congratulations!  You are now animal experts.  The animals are safely back in their homes at the zoo.  More importantly, you now understand that animals live in different habitats and that all animals need different things in order to survive.  Although the zoo it not a part of these animals natural habitat, biologists and zoologists at the zoo work hard to create environments that are similar to these animals real habitats.  Many animals live at the zoo because there habitats are in danger.  What can we do to protect animal habitats around the world?  

Teacher's Page

This webquest was created by Amy Farmer.  My goal is that students had fun while learning about animal habitats.  Learning should be fun.