Animals by Geographic Region


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Animals of North America

Grade: 1-8
Program Theme: North American biomes include temperate forest, prairie, desert, and mountains. Animals and plants that live within these biomes have unique behavioral and physical adaptations that help them to survive in their biome.

Program Activities: In the classroom, students will learn the location and climate conditions of the various biomes in North America. They will then conduct an experiment on plants which investigates and compares the adaptations of a temperate forest plant to a desert plant. Students will then have the opportunity to meet a live North American animal up close before a Zoo Boise tour focusing on North American animals.

Animals of South America

Grade:1-8
Program Theme:  South American biomes include pampas grassland, tropical rainforest, Chaco desert, mountain and ocean coast.  Animals and plant that live within these biomes have unique behavioral and physical adaptations that help them to survive in their biome
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Program Activities:  In the classroom, students will learn the locations and climates of South American biomes as well as physical and behavioral adaptations plants and animal have for surviving in these biomes.  A South American animal will visit the classroom after which students will take a guided tour focusing on animals of South America including Spider Monkeys, Andean Condors, Magellanic Penguins, and a Kinkajou.
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Amazing Africa

Grade: 1-8
Program Theme: Africa is home to an incredible amount of animal wildlife and a variety of habitats ranging from desert, to rainforest, and grasslands. Each African animal has a very unique relationship with its environment.

Program Activities: In the classroom, students will learn the geography and climate that helps to create the many different habitats of Africa. Then they will have the opportunity to explore animal artifacts of African animals to discover how adaptations increase an animal’s chances for survival within its habitat. By conducting an experiment, students will learn how the soils in the African grasslands (savannahs) are different from the North American grasslands (prairies). After meeting and animal upclose in the classroom, a zoo guide will lead students on a guided tour of the African animals at Zoo Boise.


Incredible Asia

Grade 1-8
Program Theme:  Asian biomes include deserts, grasslands, forests, and mountains.  Animals and plants within these biomes have unique behavioral and physical adaptations that help them to survive in their biome. 

Program Activities:  Students will learn the locations and climates of South American biomes as well as physical and behavioral adaptations plants and animal have for surviving in these biomes.  A South American animal will visit the classroom after which students will take a guided tour focusing on animals of Asia including Amur Tigers, Red Pandas, Sloth Bear, Rock Python and Sarus Cranes.