Virtual Animal Demos

Meet Denver Zoo staff and some of their favorite animals.

Practice your skills of observation - the more you look, the more you notice! Which science facts do you already know? What do you still wonder? What connections do you have to these animals.

Virtual Classroom Think About It!
Virtual Classroom Think About It!

After watching any of the animal videos, think about the questions below for your grade.

Grades K-1

  • What was your favorite thing about the animal, or what do you still wonder about?
  • Do you think this animal is happy and healthy? Why do you think so?
  • Would you want to be this animal? Why or why not? What do you think would be fun and about living life as this type of animal?

Grades 2-3

  • Why do you think this animal species is named what it is? Based on what you observed about the animal, what would you call it if you were allowed to rename the species?
  • What body parts do you think are important for helping this animal find food and eat? How can you tell?
  • What do you still wonder about this animal? Where could you find more information about it?

 Grades 4-6

  • How would you describe this animal to a person who had never seen it? What about this animal is similar to others you may know? What features do you notice that are specific and special to animal?
  • Imagine this animal lived in the Arctic. What new adaptations do you think the animal would need to survive? How do you think the animal would feed and hide? What else do you think would need to change about the animal for it to live comfortably in a frozen environment.
  • Considering the animals natural behaviors and adaptations, what enrichment do you think the animal would enjoy and benefit from? Why do you think so?
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Virtual Demo: Cornsnake - Ophelia

How do you think cornsnakes could use their ability to grip and grab to help them survive?

Do you think that Ophelia would do well on her own if she was released outside in a suburban neighborhood? Why or why not? What about a cornsnake with yellow, orange, red, or black markings?

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Virtual Demo: Birds - Maui and Baby

Baby and Maui are both birds - Baby is a Lovebird and Maui is a Fancy Green Cheek Conure. What do you notice about their differences?

What do you think would be difficult about taking care of a pet bird? What would you enjoy about sharing your home with a pet bird?

A bird’s feathers, their colors and type, help them survive. Penguins, for example, have feathers that allow them to swim and camouflage in the dark oceans. What did you notice about Baby and Maui’s feathers? What do you think their feathers are for?

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Virtual Demo: Gecko – Goliath

Gecko's are nocturnal so they’re most awake and active at night. What adaptations do you think a nocturnal animal needs to survive in darkness?

You may have noticed that geckos are great climbers. Why do you think that is? What adaptions did you notice help them climb?

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Virtual Demo: Rabbit - Hiccup

What do you think are this rabbit's most important and strongest senses? Why do you think that?

How are Hiccup's ears different than other rabbits you might see outdoors? Why do you think that is? How could they help him?

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