Family Education NetworkClose window

 

Animal Adaptation E-Safaris

Animals come in all shapes and sizes, and they live in all kinds of environments. An environment is everything that surrounds and affects how an animal lives.

All animals have adaptations that fit their environments. An adaptation is a part of an animal's body or way that an animal behaves that helps it survive.

Now meet some interesting animals to explore how they are adapted to their environments. To do this, you will take five E-Safaris (Electronic Safaris) to other websites. Click an E-Safari in the list to get started!

E-Safaris

Finding Food
Spacer
Taking a Drink
Spacer
Keeping Warm or Cooling Down
Spacer
Having Shelter
Spacer
Breathing
Spacer

Print out a Safari Sheet if you want to keep track of your answers.


Back to Top Back to Top

 

E-Safari One -- Finding Food

This animal lives in northern Asia where the weather can be very cold. This animal eats other animals for food and is covered in thick fur.

Think First

What animal might this be?
How might this animal's fur help it hunt food?

Take a Safari

Go meet Mystery Animal One.

Wrap Up

What was the name of the Mystery Animal?
What adaptation did you identify?


Back to Top Back to Top

 

E-Safari Two -- Taking a Drink

This animal lives in very hot places in Africa and Asia. This animal is a very big, tall mammal. It travels in herds, and lives in Africa and Asia. Like all animals, it must drink water.

Think First

What animal might this be?
What adaptation might this animal have to help it drink?

Take a Safari

Go meet Mystery Animal Two.

Wrap Up

What was the name of the Mystery Animal?
What adaptation did you identify?


Back to Top Back to Top

 

E-Safari Three -- Keeping Warm or Cooling Down

This animal lives in the Antarctic, surrounded by snow and ice. It lives in very large groups and eats fish from the ocean. This animal spends time in water and on land.

Think First

What animal might this be?
What adaptations might this animal have to help keep it warm?

Take a Safari

Go meet Mystery Animal Three.

Wrap Up

What was the name of the Mystery Animal?
What adaptation did you identify?


Back to Top Back to Top

 

E-Safari Four -- Having Shelter

This animal lives in high places where it is safe from many predators. This animal spends its time in treetops, buildings and birdhouses. This animal has four legs but gets around from one high place to another without walking, swinging, or crawling.

Think First

What animal might this be?
What adaptation might this animal have to help it have shelter?

Take a Safari

Go meet Mystery Animal Four.

Wrap Up

What was the name of the Mystery Animal?
What adaptation did you identify?


Back to Top Back to Top

 

E-Safari Five -- Breathing

This large animal lives in the ocean, but it is not a fish. Unlike fish, this animal cannot breathe underwater. This animal must breathe and swim at the same time.

Think First

What animal might this be?
What adaptation might this animal have to help it breathe?

Take a Safari

Go meet Mystery Animal Five.

Wrap Up

What was the name of the Mystery Animal?
What adaptation did you identify?


Back to Top Back to Top