Virtual Zoo School

Don't get stir crazy! The Park & Zoo may be closed but we are bringing the ZOO-to-YOU! Welcome to our virtual Zoo School! Join us Monday through Friday at 11:30 AM as we take you on a virtual tour of the zoo! Each day we will feature a short clip of a different animal and teach you all about it. At the end of every clip we have a challenge for YOU to do right at home. You can show us how you completed your challenges by sharing photos or videos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by using #cmczooschool.

Videos will be featured on our Facebook Page and on this page daily at 11:30 AM. 
Day 12 Red-Necked Wallaby Key Terms:

Mob - a group of kangaroos or wallabies.

Marsupial - an order or mammals that are born very underdeveloped and spend more time developing and suckling inside of a pouch.

Macropoda plant-eating marsupial mammal of an Australasian family that comprises the kangaroos and wallabies.

Dentition - Teeth

Day 11 - Red-Tailed Boa Key Terms:

Counter Shading
protective coloration animals in which parts normally in shadow are light and those exposed to the sky are dark.

-  Also called is having a body temperature varying with that of the environment. Reptiles are also known as Ectotherms.

a snake that kills by coiling around its prey and asphyxiating it.

Day 10 The Reptile House Key Terms:

Poison-a substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when ingested or absorbed.

Venom- substance secreted by animals such as snakes, spiders, and scorpions and typically injected into prey or aggressors by biting or stinging.

 Aposematic- Colors or markings that are used to warn or repel predators (like the poison dart frog.)

- an animal that spends its life predominantly off the ground i.e. the trees.

*Indicator species* - Frogs and amphibians are well known indicator species. An indicator species is an organism whose presence, absence or abundance reflects a specific environmental condition

Day 9 - American Black Bear Key Terms:

Opportunistic - an animal that eats whatever food is available.

Kermode BearA rare white (non-albino) species of American black bear found only in British Columbia, Canada.

Subspecies - a subspecies is a population of a certain species living in a different area or having different morphology (color, size, pattern, etc..)

Hibernate - an animal that spends the winter in a dormant (sleeping/unmoving) state.

Day 8 - Snow Leopard Key Terms:

Endangered- considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild. (ref. IUCN Redlist criteria)

- an animal that is predominately active and awake at dawn and dusk.

Day 7 - Bobcat Key Terms:

Bergmann's Rule -in zoology, is a principle that looks at environmental temperature and compares it to body size and weight in warm-blooded animals. Birds and mammals in cold regions have been observed to be bulkier than individuals of the same species in warm regions. 

- an animal that specializes in eating meat.

Sensory Enrichment
- enrichment that stimulates the different senses such as olfactory (smell), auditory (sounds), tactile (touch), visual and also taste.

- an animal that predominantly lives on their own.

Day 6 - African Crested Porcupine Key Term

Nocturnal -  when an animal is primarily active and awake at night.

Porcupette - a baby porcupine.

Keratin -
fibrous protein that makes up hair and nails/claws.

Day 5 - Patagonian Mara Key Terms:

Near Threatened
criteria but does not qualify for Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable now, but is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future (Please See Note). (ref. IUCN Red List Criteria)

Browse - vegetation, such as twigs, branches and young shoots, eaten by animals.

*The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) classifies globally threatened species (plant and animal) into nine categories:  Not EvaluatedData DeficientLeast ConcernNear ThreatenedVulnerableEndangeredCritically EndangeredExtinct in the Wild and Extinct.*

If you would like to explore the IUCN Redlist use this link

Day 4- Jilly the Cow Key Terms:

Herbivore- an animal that specializes in eating plant matter 

a narrow-edged tooth at the front of the mouth, adapted for cutting.

a grinding tooth at the back of a mammal's mouth.

- a grazer is an herbivore that feeds on plants such as grass and other low-lying vegetation. 

- an animal that has a large four chambered stomach called a Rumen. The Rumen consists of the reticulum, rumen, omasum and abomasum. 

- is a process that converts and breaks down ingested food into energy sources.

Prey Species
- an animal that gets preyed upon or eaten by predators.

Day 3 - North American River Otters Key Terms:

Nictitating Membrane - 
a whitish or translucent membrane that forms an inner eyelid in birds, reptiles, and some mammals. It can be drawn across the eye to protect it from dust and keep it moist.

Adaptation - 
An adaptation is something makes it possible for an animal to survive in a particular place and in a particular way. It may be a physical adaptationor the way the animal behaves.

Target -
 A target is a tool used by animal trainers, usually a stick with a ball on the end, the goal is to teach an animal to touch a predetermined body part to the ball at the end of the stick.

Enrichment - 
Is anything we give to our animals that allows them to perform natural behaviors, permits them to be more active and increases the animals' control over their environment. Enrichment helps satisfy both the physical and psychological needs of animals and allows them to make choices. Enrichment can be: 
Cognitive, Social, Food, Physical, Habitat, Sensory

Day 2 - Silver Fox Key Terms:

Husbandry - 
General care and rearing of animals.

Training - 
Using positive reinforcement and shaping techniques to teach animal certain behaviors that may display natural abilities and assist with husbandry/veterinary care.

Bridge - 
A bridge in training is a sound or signal that communicates to an animal that they performed the correct behavior.

Camouflage - 
Variations in color, fur, and patterns that help conceal or disguise an animal.

Cache -
 a collection of items of the same type stored in a hidden or inaccessible place.

Kit - 
Baby Fox

Day 1 - Primate Point Key Terms:

Brachiate - move by using the arms to swing from branch to branch.

Frugivore - 
an animal that specializes in eating fruit.

e -
 an animal that specializes in eating leaves.

Ape -
 Human like primate with no tail.

Forage -
 to search for food.

Terrestrial - 
 An animal that lives primarily on the ground. 

PPE - 
An acronym that stands for Personal Protective Gear.