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Mammal Study

mammaI am about to list our study of mammals.  We are spending nearly half of our science time this year looking at mammals with a focus on classification.  We are taking advantage of a zoo membership and going to the zoo several times during the school year.
This study has no tests or worksheets.  It does have books, DVDs and links to internet sites.  Right now we approach science as something to be experienced rather than a bunch of facts to learn.  I find that facts are best learned through experience anyway.  A major portion of our time is artsy in nature.  They will be drawing different species of animals.  Once the chosen species is drawn they will record the kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species of the animal.  I will save each drawing and have them bound into a book at the end of the school year.I avoided books that were too simplistic, yet I wanted to include books with lots of pictures for my visual learner.  So most books that I have selected are around the 9-12 year old age level according to Amazon with a few geared for a younger audience.  There are pictures on every page and the books provide more information than the basics.  Due to time constraints I typically didn’t choose a book when a DVD was available on the animal.  I opted to not use an animal encyclopedia as a spine because they did not give much information about each animal.  It is a better fit for us to use individual books that go into more depth and not cover as many animals.
I have broken the study up by weeks.  Most weeks will be around 1.5-2 hours of our time.
Week 1
Order Artiodactyla (even-toed hoofed animals) of infra-order Ungulata – Hoofed animals with an even number of toes include those that ruminate, or digest their food in four-chamber stomachs and chew cuds, and those that do not ruminate.
Family: Girrafidae (giraffes).
Growing Up Safari – Growing Up Giraffe 45 min
Pick 1 species to draw and record classification – 10 min
·         Masai Giraffe: Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi http://www.kewlwallpapers.com/bulkupload/133/Animals/Masai%20Giraffe%20Masai%20Mara%20Kenya.jpg
·         Reticulated giraffe: Giraffa camelopardalis reticulate http://faculty.ucr.edu/~chappell/INW/mammals/reticulated%20giraffe.jpg
·         Rothschild Giraffe: Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi http://safaricam.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/rothschild-giraffe.jpg
·         Okapi:  Okapia johnstoni  http://www.themagazine.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Okapi.jpg
Family Cervidae (deer, moose, elk).
Read Deer (Animal Neighbors) by Michael Leach
Watch Young Bull Moose Spar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRTo0lIQCwY 2 min
Pick 2 species to draw and record classification:
·         Alces americanus American moose http://www.biolib.cz/IMG/GAL/20938.jpg
·         Odocoileus virginianus White-tailed deer http://media.web.britannica.com/eb-media/51/5151-004-54C8ACE4.jpg
·         Cervus elaphus Red deer, wapiti, American elk http://www.hlasek.com/foto/cervus_elaphus_e5910.jpg
·         Muntiacus crinifrons Black muntjac http://www.blueanimalbio.com/earth/12/W020090616300899589916.jpg
Family Antilocapridae (pronghorn antelope)
Draw and record classification: 10 min
Week 2

Family Bovidae (cattle, bison, wildebeest, gazelles, sheep, musk oxen, goats).


Bison (Our Wild World) by Cherie Winner 20 min
Explore cattle breeds http://cattle-today.com/

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/great-migrations-games-move – Play Great Migrations Move with Wildebeest

Week 3
Draw and classify 3 of these: –
·         Aepyceros melampus Impala http://www.derberg.com/bilder/Impala-kilimanjaro.jpg
·         Connochaetes gnou White-tailed gnu, black wildebeest http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnolouise/3178924665/
·         Antidorcas marsupialis Springbok http://redlex600.co.za/images/11.jpg
·         Eudorcas rufina Red gazelle http://www.animalbing.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/1286877_91886443.jpg
·         Ourebia ourebi Oribi http://www.animalpicturesarchive.com/ArchOLD-2/1104114854.jpg
·         Bison bison American bison http://www.livingwilderness.com/wildlife/bison-standing.jpg
·         Bos primigenius indicus Nellore Zebu http://www.biolib.cz/IMG/GAL/125547.jpg
·         Tragelaphus eurycerus Bongo http://www.biolib.cz/IMG/GAL/129470.jpg
·         Tragelaphus strepsiceros Greater kudu http://photo.e-khmer.net/13/images/be0293c12446d134d6f2fd927ec0689c7.jpg
·         Ammotragus lervia Aoudad, Barbary sheep http://media-3.web.britannica.com/eb-media/88/118688-004-605BB96D.jpg
·         Capra sibirica Siberian ibex http://www.zooinstitutes.com/animals/7067.jpg
·         Ovis canadensis Bighorn sheep http://media.web.britannica.com/eb-media/93/6493-004-9A40A729.jpg
·         Pseudois schaeferi Dwarf blue sheep http://d2o7bfz2il9cb7.cloudfront.net/main-qimg-d30d33ede343cba31768b4c943769532
·         Addax nasomaculatus Addax http://zooinstitutes.com/animals/1666.jpg
Family Suidae (pigs)
Family Tayassuidae (peccaries)
Read Pigs and Peccaries (Animal Families) by Annemarie Schmidt
Watch The Pig Picture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aukdZWNvDMs 18 min
Draw pictures and complete classification for:
Choose 1 from Family Suidae:
·         Sus domesticus Domesticated pig http://www.countryfarm-lifestyles.com/image-files/pig.jpg
·         Potamochoerus porcus Red river hog http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e0/Potamochoerus_porcus_1.jpg
Choose 1 from Family Tayassuidae
·         Catagonus wagneri Chacoan peccary http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/upload/yuiupload/1717405398.jpg
·         Tayassu pecari White-lipped peccary http://www.biolib.cz/IMG/GAL/89260.jpg
Week 4

Family Hippopotamidae (hippopotamuses)


Read Hippos by Sally Walker
Watch Hippo Beach Beach Master http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oag7B_mMio  3 min
Draw pictures and complete classification for 1 in Hippopatamidae family -15 min
·         Choeropsis liberiensis Pygmy hippopotamus http://travel.mongabay.com/kenya/600/kenya_4110.jpg
Family Camelidae (camels, llamas).
Llamas – Read about llamas http://www.vilac.org/llama_facts.htm
Watch Wild Kratts Llama http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsKcTVaImoI1 min
Draw pictures and complete classification for Camelidae family Choose 2
·         Lama glama http://www.maconmagic.com/images/llama240.jpg
·         Camelus dromedarius Dromedary, Arabian camel http://zanacco.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Camel.jpg

Week 5

The Life of Mammals DVD: Plant Predators (herbivorous – sloth, caribou, elephant, giraffe) -50 min
Zoo Preparation – Make list of all Artiodactyla animals found at the zoo and what part of the zoo they are found.
Week 6
Zoo Trip – Find as many Artiodactyla animals as possible.
Week 7
Order Carnivora (meat-eaters)  There are two suborders of these toe-footed creatures. They include the
Suborder Canoidea (or Arctoidea) Dog-like carnivores characterized by long snouts and unretractable claws

Canidae Family (wolves, dogs, foxes),


Read Dogs 101 by Rebecca Paley
Watch http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/secret-life-dog/ Secret Life of Dogs – 50 min

Week 8

Draw 2 pictures and complete classification for Canidae family:
·         Domestic dog, Canis lupus familiaris http://animal-world.com/dogs/Working-Dog-Breeds/images/GreatPyreneesWDW_Ap6D.jpg
·         Arctic fox, Vulpes lagopus http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3110/3197338544_18e02572f2.jpg

Family Ursidae (bears, giant pandas)


Read the Life Cycle of a Polar Bear by Bobbie Kalman
Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone (red foxes, grizzly bear) 50 minutes
Watch Black Bears in Hibernation 4 min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpY4frpheWw


Week 9
Draw and classify 2 in Ursidae family:
·         Ailuropoda melanoleuca Giant Panda http://www.biolib.cz/IMG/GAL/36780.jpg
·         Tremarctos ornatus Spectacled Bear http://www.dkimages.com/discover/previews/1545/60003935.JPG
·         Ursus arctos middendorffi Kodiak Bear http://www.biolib.cz/IMG/GAL/20870.jpg
·         Ursus americanus cinnamomum Cinnamon Bear http://www.bearsoftheworld.net/images/bears/ours_noir_2a.jpg
·         Helarctos malayanus Sun Bear http://s4.e-monsite.com/2011/04/30/01/ours-malais-helarctos.jpg
·         Melursus urinus inoratus Sri Lankan Sloth Bear http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_cVTqlgcVE5g/StQ5r-L9IJI/AAAAAAAAAW8/GP5Up0NLUiY/s400/IMG_6838+copy.jpg
Family Procyonidae (coatis, raccoons)
Draw and classify 2 from family Procyonidae:
·         South American Coati or Ring-tailed Coati, Nasua nasua http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/27/Nasua_nasua.jpg
·         Western Mountain Coati, Nasuella olivacea http://www.alpacas-hanceranch.com/Coati.jpg
·         Ringtail, Bassariscus astutus http://www.mnh.si.edu/mna/images/images/825132014185063.jpg
·         Kinkajou, Potos flavus http://sites.estvideo.net/malinal/o/kinkajou.jpg
·         Bushy-tailed Olingo or Gabbi’s Olingo, Bassaricyon gabbii http://wwwdelivery.superstock.com/WI/223/4141/PreviewComp/SuperStock_4141-27739.jpg


The Life of Mammals DVD: Opportunists (omnivorous – panda, raccoon, wild boars, grizzly bears)
Week 10
Family Ailuridae: red panda;
Watch Red Panda Playing in the Snow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6GaPkkGZGw 2 min
Draw and classify red panda
Family Mustelidae (martens, weasels, otters)

Read Otter (Animal Neighbors) by Michael Leach

Draw and classify family Mustelidae – choose 2:
·         Sea Otter, Enhydra lutris http://www.digimorph.org/specimens/Enhydra_lutris/Enhydra.jpg
·         Northern River Otter, Lontra Canadensis http://www.duanrevig.com/Nature%20divers/Mamiferes/Lontra%20canadensis%20loutre%202.JPG
·         Striped Polecat, Ictonyx striatus http://kakadu.509.com1.ru/zooclub/wild/368.jpg
·         Patagonian Weasel, Lyncodon patagonicus http://www.sib.gov.ar/archivos/thumbs/472x_lyncpata01g.jpg
·         American Marten, Martes Americana http://www.vmunix.com/~lmayo/files/NFLDmarten.jpg
·         European Badger, Meles meles http://www.summagallicana.it/lessico/t/tasso%20Meles%20meles.jpg
·         Domesticated Ferret, Mustela putorius furo http://www.vivapets.com/img/race/big_129.jpg
·         American Mink, Neovison vison http://www.acclaimimages.com/_gallery/_images_n300/neovison_vison.jpg
·         American Badger, Taxidea taxus http://dwrcdc.nr.utah.gov/rsgis2/images/Photos/taxitaxu.jpg
Family Mephitidae (skunks)
Draw and classify 1 of the family of Mephitidae
·         Conepatus leuconotus – American Hog-nosed Skunk http://www.terrambiente.org/fauna/Mammiferi/carnivora/mustelidae/images/conepatus_leuconotus.jpg
·         Mephitis mephitis – Striped Skunk http://police.ucsc.edu/images/skunk.jpg
·         Spilogale putorius – Eastern Spotted Skunk http://thewebsiteofeverything.com/img/eastern_spotted_skunk.jpg
Week 11
Suborder Feloidea (or Aeluroidea) cat-like carnivores that have retractable claws

Family Felidae (cats, lions, cheetahs, leopards)

Watch Leopard Mothers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_T5G3Nq8bo 3 min

Week 12

Watch Cheetahs Attack Gazelle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iarsmqA3dck 2 min

Week 13
Draw and Classify 4 from the family Felidae:
·         Wildcat (Felis silvestris) http://maxshouse.com/african_wildcat.jpg
·         Flat-headed Cat (Prionailurus planiceps) http://www.catsg.org/catsgportal/cat-website/catfolk/pictures/rustysp1.jpg
·         Cougar (Puma concolor) http://www.newmexicocare.org/images/puma3-1s.jpg
·         Canadian Lynx (Lynx canadensis) http://media-3.web.britannica.com/eb-media/30/2230-004-ECF9AAD6.jpg
·         Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) http://www.damisela.com/zoo/photo/csc/ocelot1.jpg
·         African Golden Cat (Profelis aurata) http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/9055/sanstitre1xi.png
·         Marbled Cat (Pardofelis marmorata) http://lynx.uio.no/jon/lynx/images/marbled1.jpg
·         Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7d/Neofelis_nebulosa.jpg
·         Jaguar (Panthera onca) http://www.paradiseearth.com/Animal%20Articles/Jaguar.gif
·         Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia) http://www.purpleopurple.com/life-science/mammals/Snow-Leopard.jpg
Family Hyaenidae (hyenas)

Growing Up Safari – Growing Up Hyena – 45 min

Draw and classify 1 from the family of Hyaenidae
Family Viverridae (civets) 
Watch African Palm Civet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mF9nCYsNMk 2 min
Draw and classify 1 animals of the family Viverridae:
·         Small-toothed Palm Civet (Arctogalidia trivirgata) http://www.terrambiente.org/fauna/Mammiferi/carnivora/viverridae/images/arctogalidia_trivirgata.jpg
·         Otter Civet (Cynogale bennettii) http://itech.pensacolastate.edu/sctag/Otter_Civet/cynogale_bennettii.jpg
·         Common Genet (Genetta genetta) http://www.biolib.cz/IMG/GAL/121836.jpg
Week 14
Family Herpestidae (mongooses)
Draw and classify 1 animals of the family Herpestidae
·         Egyptian Mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon http://www.fmnh.org/tanzania/species_images/Results_H_ichneumon_311_a.jpg

·         Meerkat, Suricata suricatta http://www.nigeldennis.com/stock/images/mammals/species/meerkat/25188.jpg

The Life of Mammals DVD: Meat Eaters (carnivorous – cats, dogs, lions, cheetah, tiger)
Zoo Preparation – Make list of all Carnivore animals found at the zoo and what part of the zoo they are found.
Week 15
Zoo Trip – Find as many Carnivore animals as possible..
Week 16

Order Cetacea (whales and purpoises)


Suborder Mysticeti (whalebone whales with irregular whalebone surfaces instead of teeth)
Family Eschrichtiidae (gray whales)
Draw and classify family Eschrichtiidae species
·         Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus http://scienceblogs.com/clock/upload/2007/04/Eschrichtius%20robustus.jpg
Family Neobalaenidae
Draw and classify family Neobalaenidae (pygmy right whale)
·         Pygmy right whale, Caperea marginata http://www.acsonline.org/factpack/images/PygmyRightW.jpg
Family Balaenidae (right whales)
Draw and classify 1 member of the family Balaenidae
·         North Pacific right whale, Eubalaena japonica http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/37/Eubalaena_japonica_drawing.jpg
·         Southern right whale, Eubalaena australis http://cybercapetown.com/WhaleWatching/pix/whale_main.jpg
Family Balaenoptridae (fin-backed whales, hump-backed whales, blue whales).
Draw and classify 1 member of the family Balaenoptridae
·         Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae http://www.whalewatchingherveybay.com.au/images/whaleinfo/HumpbackWhale.gif
·         Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus http://media-3.web.britannica.com/eb-media//57/73257-050-7BA1BE72.jpg
·         Antarctic minke whale, Balaenoptera bonaerensis http://media.photobucket.com/image/Balaenoptera%20bonaerensis/karlmarx01/Balaenopteraomurai.jpg
·         Fin whale, Balaenoptera physalus http://marinebio.org/upload/Balaenoptera_physalusA.jpg
Week 17
Kingdom of Blue Whale DVD – 96 min
Suborder Odontoceti (toothed whales – regular conical teeth)

Family Delphinidae (dolphins, killer whales).

Week 18
Draw and classify 2 members of the family Delphinidae
·         Short-beaked common dolphin, Delphinus delphis http://www.cms.int/reports/small_cetaceans/data/d_delphis/D%20delphis_wurtz.jpg
·         Pygmy killer whale, Feresa attenuate http://www.gulfleisure.com/Images/whalepygmykiller.gif
·         Long-finned pilot whale, Globicephala melas http://www.fauna.is/photos/MC068grindhvalur.jpg
·         Atlantic white-sided dolphin, Lagenorhynchus acutus http://www.cms.int/reports/small_cetaceans/data/l_acutus/L%20acutus_wurtz.jpg
·         Melon-headed whale, Peponocephala electra http://marinebio.org/upload/_05/Peponocephala_electra2.jpg
·         Rough-toothed dolphin, Steno bredanensis http://www.cms.int/reports/small_cetaceans/data/S_bredanensis/S%20bredanensis_wurtz.jpg
·         Common bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncates http://www.dkimages.com/discover/previews/1545/11695271.JPG
Family Monodontidae (narwhals, belugas)
Draw and classify 1 member of the family Monodontindae
·         Narwhal, Monodon monoceros http://www.constellationsofwords.com/images/monoceros.jpg
Family Phocoenidae (porpoises)
Watch Finless Porpoise swimming http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN4YYGj5Xa4 1 min
Draw and classify 1 member of the family Phocoenidae
·         Finless Porpoise, Neophocaena phocaenoides http://www.whales.org.au/discover/porpoises/finless.gif
·         Spectacled porpoise, Phocoena dioptrica http://www.cms.int/reports/small_cetaceans/data/P_dioptrica/P%20dioptrica_wurtz.jpg
·         Dall’s porpoise, Phocoenoides dalli http://hoopermuseum.earthsci.carleton.ca/cetaceans/dallpor2.gif
Family Physeteridae (sperm whales)
Draw and classify the family Physeteridae
·         Sperm whale, Physeter catodon http://www.dicts.info/img/ud/sperm_whale.jpg
Superfamily Platanistoidea: River dolphins
Draw and classify 1 member of the superfamily Plantaistoidea
·         Amazon river dolphin, Inia geoffrensis http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2673/4052401356_713961d54a.jpg
·         Ganges and Indus River dolphin, Platanista gangetica. http://www.cms.int/reports/small_cetaceans/data/P_gangetica/P%20gangetica_wurtz.jpg
·         Arnoux’s beaked whale, Berardius arnuxii http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/117/d/0/Berardius_arnuxii_by_AngelMC18.png
·         Northern bottlenose whale, Hyperoodon ampullatus http://www.cms.int/reports/small_cetaceans/data/H_ampullatus/H%20ampullatus_wurtz.jpg
·         Ginkgo-toothed beaked whale, Mesoplodon ginkgodens http://www.cms.int/reports/small_cetaceans/data/m_ginkgodens/M%20ginkgodens%202009_wurtz.jpg

Week 19

Ocean Odyssey DVD – 116 min
Order Chiroptera (bats) There are two suborders of bats, the only mammals that can fly.
Read Bat (Animal Neighbors) by Stephen Savage
Week 20
Suborder Megachiroptera contains one family
Family Pteropodidae (flying foxes, Old Worm fruit bats).
Draw and classify 2 bats from the family Pteropodidae
·         Spotted-winged Fruit Bat, Balionycteris maculate http://img1.photographersdirect.com/img/17165/wm/pd1786611.jpg
·         Javan Tailless Fruit Bat, Megaerops kusnotoi http://www.arkive.org/javan-tailless-fruit-bat/megaerops-kusnotoi/image-G73510.html
·         Long-tongued Fruit Bat, Macroglossus sobrinus http://download.agefotostock.com/fotos/bajaage/cached/2554/IBR-1674208.jpg
·         Common Blossom Bat, Syconycteris australis http://australianmuseum.net.au/Uploads/Images/5961/HJB29717_big.jpg
·         Greater Monkey-faced Bat, Pteralopex flanneryi http://www.australiannature.com/pictures/gallery/images/monkeyfacedbat.jpg
·         Mindoro Stripe-faced Fruit Bat, Styloctenium mindorensis http://www.fmnh.org/philippine_mammals/photos/2009%20Photos/SP219Styloctenium_mindorensis2.jpg
Suborder Microchiroptera contains 17 families, including:
Watch Mouse-Tailed Bats http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6E6tkHEyHc 1 min
Family Rhinopomatidae (mouse-tailed bats),
Draw and classify 1 bat from the family Rhinopomatidae
·         Lesser Mouse-tailed Bat, Rhinopoma hardwickei http://www.wildisrael.com/batsofisrael/images/bats/rhinopoma_hardwickei.jpg
·         Small Mouse-tailed Bat, Rhinopoma muscatellum http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewgardner/2373381043/
Family Emballonuridae (sheath tailed bats),
Draw and classify 1 bat from the family Emballonuridae
·         Greater Ghost Bat, Diclidurus ingens http://www.flickr.com/photos/8780124@N08/3109413214/
·         Small Asian Sheath-Tailed Bat, Emballonura alecto http://www.planet-mammiferes.org/Photos/Volants/Emball/EmbaAle5.jpg
·         Yellow-Bellied Pouched Bat, Saccolaimus flaviventris http://www.adelaidebatcare.com.au/images/slides/sacflavsharpened.jpg
·         Egyptian Tomb Bat, Taphozous perforatus http://www.fmnh.org/tanzania/species_images/Results_T_perforatus_187_a.jpg
Family Craseonycteridae (bumblebee bats),
Draw and classify the family Craseonycteridae
Family Noctilionidae (bulldog bats),
Watch Greater Bulldog Bat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTd_anMk9uw 4 min
Draw and classify the family Noctilionidae
§         greater bulldog bat Noctilio leporinus http://www.inriodulce.com/images/noctiliobat.jpg
Family Nycteridae (slit-faced bats),
Draw and classify from the family Nycteridae
§         Egyptian Slit-Faced Bat, Nycteris thebaica http://www.flickr.com/photos/biollaz/311828467/
Family Megadermatidae (false vampire bats)
Watch False Vampire Bat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z0MyQUCcnY 2 min
Draw and classify 1 from the family Megadermatidae
§         Heart-nosed Bat, Cardioderma cor http://www.fmnh.org/tanzania/species_images/Results_C_cor_178_a.jpg
§         Lesser False Vampire Bat, Megaderma spasma http://www.fmnh.org/philippine_mammals/photos/2009%20Photos/SP133Megaderma_spasma2.jpg
§         Greater False Vampire Bat, Megaderma lyra http://www.valdosta.edu/~bergstrm/Megaderma_lyra1.JPG
Family Rhinolophidae (horseshoe bats).
Draw and classify 1 from the family Rhinolophidae
·         Smaller Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus megaphyllus http://www.flickr.com/photos/37577693@N04/3931891179/
·         Large-eared Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus philippinensis http://www.fmnh.org/philippine_mammals/photos/2009%20Photos/SP199Rhinolophus_philippinensis4.jpg
Family Phyllostomidae (vampire bats)
Draw and classify 1 from the family Phyllostomidae
·         Hairy-legged Vampire Bat, Diphylla ecaudata http://images.enature.com/mammals/mammals_l/MA0542_1l.jpg
·         Banana Bat (Colima Long-nosed Bat), Musonycteris harrisoni http://www.rolexawards.com/media/images/the-laureates/rodrigo-medellin/01_RAE08RM_02-319.jpg
Week 21
Order Dermoptera (colugos or flying lemurs) These gliding tree mammals from Asia do not fly and are not lemurs, but they are known as flying lemurs
            Read about flying lemurs http://www.factzoo.com/mammals/flying-lemur.html
            Watch the colugo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkKDHkwq59Y  2 min
Family Cynocephalidae .
Draw and classify 1 from the family Cynocephalidae
·         Philippine Flying Lemur, Cynocephalus volans http://fireinthejungle.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/volans.jpg
·         Sunda Flying Lemur, Galeopterus variegates http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/Cynocephalus_variegatus_July-2009.jpg

Order Edentata (toothless mammals) Three families of mammals get by without teeth:

Read Anteaters, Sloths & Armadillos by Ann Squire
Family Dasypodidae (armadillos)
Draw and classify 1 of the family Dasypodidae
·         Seven-banded Armadillo, Dasypus septemcinctus http://www.xenarthrans.org/resources/species/25.jpg
·         Great Long-nosed Armadillo, Dasypus kappleri http://www.planet-mammiferes.org/Photos/Edente/Xenart/DasyKap3.jpg
Family Bradypodidae (sloths)
Draw and classify 1 of the family Bradypodidae
·         Bradypus pygmaeus— Pygmy Three-toed Sloth http://p4.focus.de/img/gen/l/z/HBlzksTo_Pxgen_r_Ax480.jpg
·         Bradypus torquatus— Maned sloth http://farm1.static.flickr.com/222/482203590_787ad760b6.jpg
·         Bradypus tridactylus— Pale-throated sloth http://www.flickr.com/photos/artour_a/482203590/
Family Myrmecophagidae (hairy anteaters).
Draw and classify 1 of the family Myrmecophagidae
·         Mymecophaga tridactyla – Giant Anteater http://www.biolib.cz/IMG/GAL/11910.jpg
·         Tamandua mexicana – Northern Tamandua http://ponce.sdsu.edu/task5_biology_tamandua_mexicana-600.jpg


The Life of Mammals DVD: Life in the Trees (arboreal animals – sloth, flying squirrel)
Week 22
Order Hyracoidae (hyraxes, dassies) Is one of three orders that has only one modern family remaining.
Family Procaviidae . (rock hyrax)
Draw and classify 1 of the family of Procaviidae
·         Southern Tree Hyrax, Dendrohyrax arboreus http://farm1.static.flickr.com/126/418034548_3121f4c633.jpg
·         Yellow-spotted Rock Hyrax, Heterohyrax brucei http://tolweb.org/tree/ToLimages/1708bushhyrax.300a.jpg
·         Rock Hyrax, Procavia capensis http://www.hombori.org/images/site/hyrax.jpg

Order Insectivora (insect-eaters) The three members are the families

Family Talpidae (moles),
Draw and classify 1 of the family Talpidae
·         Star-nosed Mole, Condylura cristata http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2441/3550521614_39a60027ab.jpg
·         Shrew-mole, Neurotrichus gibbsii http://www.baileyreptiles.com/images/gallery/molel.jpg
Family Soricidae (shrews)
Draw and classify 1 of the family Soricidae
·         African Giant Shrew, Crocidura olivieri http://www.fmnh.org/tanzania/species_images/Results_C_olivieri_94_a.jpg
·         Arizona Shrew, Sorex arizonae http://www.pima.gov/cmo/sdcp/species/fsheets/vuln/as.jpg


The Life of Mammals DVD: Insect Hunters (insectivores – shrew, mole, anteater,  bat, evolution)
Week 23
Family Erinaceidae (hedgehogs).
Draw and classify 1 of the family of Erinaceidae
·         European Hedgehog, Erinaceus europaeus http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/resources/blake_etem/hedgehog.jpg/medium.jpg
·         Four-toed Hedgehog, Atelerix albiventris http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/thumblarge_557/12899074649HU5Eg.jpg
·         Shrew Gymnure, Neotetracus sinensis http://www.burkemuseum.org/images/content_images/mamsichuan/34.jpg
Make a list of all Cetacea, Chiroptera, Dermoptera, Edentata, and Insectivora animals at the zoo.
Week 24
Go to the zoo and find all the Cetacea, Chiroptera, Dermoptera, Edentata, and Insectivora animals possible.
Week 25

Order Lagomorpha (pikas, hares, and rabbits) Two families make up this order:

Read Rabbits, Pikas, and Hares by Sara Swan Miller
Family Ochotonidae (pikas)
Draw and classify 1 of the family of Ochotonidae
·         American Pika, Ochotona princeps http://www.nps.gov/band/naturescience/images/pika_on_rock.jpg
·         Chinese Red Pika, Ochotona erythrotis http://www.planet-mammiferes.org/Photos/Rongeur/Lagomo/Ochotona/OchoEry2.jpg
Family Leporidae (hares and rabbits).
Draw and classify 1 of the family of Leporidae
·         Swamp Rabbit, Sylvilagus aquaticus http://www.flickr.com/photos/24948533@N00/3531775269/
·         Snowshoe Hare, Lepus americanus http://skolaiimages.com/journal/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/09_april025.jpg
·         Black-tailed Jackrabbit, Lepus californicus http://www.astronomy-images.com/day-images/California/Marin-Sonoma/rabbit-3D.KI8Q4605.jpg

Order Marsupialia (pouched animals)

Family Caenolestidae (rat opossums),
Draw and classify 1 of the family Caenolestidae
·         Gray-bellied Caenolestid – Caenolestes caniventer http://www.blueanimalbio.com/earth/4/content146.jpg
·         Incan Caenolestid, Lestoros inca http://fieldmuseum.org/sites/default/files/Lestoros_0.jpg
Week 26
Family Didelphidae (true opossums),
Draw and classify 1 of the family Dedelphidae
·         Brown-eared Woolly Opossum (Caluromys lanatus) http://www.animalpicturesarchive.com/ArchOLD-7/1195793629.jpg
·         Southeastern Four-eyed Opossum (Philander frenatus) http://www.flickr.com/photos/mariosacramentophotos/4843789063/
·         Elegant Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum (Thylamys elegans) http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5125/5316911338_e258ef0f07.jpg
Family Dasyuridae (native cats, native mice),
Draw and classify 2 of the family of Dasyuridae
·         Fat-tailed Dunnart, Sminthopsis crassicaudata http://www.oceanwideimages.com/images/10788/large/fat-tailed-dunnart-24T5048-02D.jpg
·         Kultarr, Antechinomys laniger http://www.flickr.com/photos/centralaustralia/2777098731/
·         Tiger Quoll, Dasyurus maculates http://www.zooinstitutes.com/animals/190.jpg
Family Notoryctidae (marsupial moles),
Draw and classify 1 of the family Notoryctidae
·         Northern Marsupial Mole (Notoryctes caurinus http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-99fynnX5KnI/ThNYkaqbrhI/AAAAAAAADGY/9ns59G5ihMU/s1600/NotoTyp4.jpg
Family Myrmecobiidae (numbats),
Watch hand raising baby numbats http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1U-Us7WWwg 2 min
Draw and classify 1 of the family Myrmecobiidae
·         Myrmecobius fasciatus banded anteater http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3147/2677961969_de2cfa74c2.jpg
Family Peramelidae (bandicoots),
Watch a Southern Brown Bandicoot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egkwWuONNG4 2 min
Draw and classify 1 of the family Peramelidae
·         Long-nosed Bandicoot, Perameles nasuta http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2138/2121764866_a0c03465b6.jpg
Family Phascolarctidae (koalas)
Draw and classify 1 of the family Phascolarctidae
·         Koala – Phascolarctos cinereus http://www.dicts.info/img/ud/koala.jpg
Family Vombatidae (wombats),
Draw and classify 1 of the family Vombatidae
·         Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2525/4019117300_a060251761.jpg
·         Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat or Yaminon (Lasiorhinus krefftii) http://fotos.naturspot.de/fotos/14-22.jpg
·         Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons) http://www.terrambiente.org/fauna/Mammiferi/metatheria/diprotodontia/images/lasiorhinus_latifrons.jpg
Week 27
The Life of Mammals:  A Winning Design (overview mammals, Australian mammals, evolution) – 50 min
Family Macropodidae (kangaroos and wallabies).
Draw and classify 2 of the family Macropodidae
·         Banded Hare-wallaby, Lagostrophus fasciatus http://www.animalpicturesarchive.com/ArchOLD-2/1105899707.jpg
·         Grizzled Tree-kangaroo, Dendrolagus inustus http://wwwdelivery.superstock.com/WI/223/4141/PreviewComp/SuperStock_4141-8322.jpg
·         White-striped Dorcopsis, Dorcopsis hageni http://www.livt.net/Clt/Ani/Cho/Mam/Mar/Mrp/mrp006.jpg
·         Spectacled Hare-wallaby, Lagorchestes conspicillatus http://content9.eol.org/content/2009/09/16/07/37007_large.jpg
·         Red Kangaroo, Macropus rufus http://nature.ca/notebooks/images/img/152c_p_img_3806_p.jpg
·         Western Grey Kangaroo, Macropus fuliginosus http://www.biolib.cz/IMG/GAL/28290.jpg
·         Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby, Petrogale xanthopus http://www.forestryimages.org/images/768×512/1393171.jpg
·         Quokka: Setonix brachyurus http://www.furry.org.au/kangaroos/misc/quokka.jpg
Family Thylacomyidae (bilbies)
Draw and classify 1 of the family Thylacomyidae
·         Greater Bilby, M. lagotis http://wdict.net/img/bilby.jpg
Order Monotremata (egg-laying mammals)
Family Tachyglossidae (echidnas, also called spiny anteaters)
Draw and classify 1 of the family of Tachyglossidae
·         Short-beaked Echidna, Tachyglossus aculeatus http://www.biolib.cz/IMG/GAL/39613.jpg
·         Eastern Long-beaked Echidna, Zaglossus bartoni http://naturendanger.canalblog.com/images/Echidne_a_long_bec.jpg
 Week 28
Family Ornithorhynchidae (platypuses).
 Draw and classify 1 of the family of Ornithorhynchidae
Order Perissodactyla (odd-toed hoofed animals)  of infra-order Ungulata
Suborder Hippomorpha (one toe)
Family Equidae (horses, donkeys, zebras),

Growing Up Safari – Growing Up Zebra, DVD

Draw and classify 2 of the family Equidae
§         Equus caballus domestic horse http://pixdaus.com/pics/1238502046eQESiJU.jpg
§         Equus grevyi Grevy’s zebra http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/48/Equus_grevyi_(aka).jpg
§         Equus quagga Plains zebra http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Africa/Kenya/photo88588.htm
Week 29
Suborder Ceratomorpha (several toes)
Family Tapiridae (tapirs)
Draw and classify 1 of the family Tapiridae
§         Tapirus indicus Asian tapir http://blogs.up.ac.za/weblog/media/Malayan%20Tapir(1).jpg
§         Tapirus terrestris Lowland tapir http://www.guidebolivia.com/lapaz/zoo/photo8.jpg
Family Rhinocerotidae (rhinoceroses).
Growing Up Safari – Growing up Rhino DVD 45 min
Draw and classify 1 of the family
§         Ceratotherium simum White rhinoceros http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6d/Ceratotherium_simum_kwh_2.jpg
§         Dicerorhinus sumatrensis Sumatran rhinoceros http://s2.e-monsite.com/2010/03/26/11/dicerorhinus_sumatrensis_sumatrensis.jpg
§         Diceros bicornis Black rhinoceros http://www.gemata.com/foto/art_87_3_7.jpg          
§         Rhinoceros unicornis Indian rhinoceros http://www.biolib.cz/IMG/GAL/BIG/26800.jpg
Order Pholidota
Family Manidae (pangolins) is the sole family in this order.
Draw and classify 1 of the family Manidae
§         Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) http://img15.nnm.ru/0/8/d/e/b/120424889fa1a1f0c3c25c13d77.jpg
§         Long-tailed Pangolin (Manis. tetradactyla) http://www.naturalist.if.ua/wp-content/manis_tetradactyla_naturalist_if_ua.jpg

Order Proboscidea (elephants)


Week 30
Family Elephantidae
Draw and classify 1 of the family Elephantidae
·         Elephas maximus maximus Sri Lankan Elephant http://www.naturephoto-cz.eu/pic/sevcik/elephas-maximus–elephas-maximus-1.jpg
·         Elephas maximus indicus Indian Elephant http://wwwdelivery.superstock.com/WI/223/647/PreviewComp/SuperStock_647-1974.jpg
·         Loxodonta africana Bush Elephant http://travel.mongabay.com/kenya/600/kenya_2808.jpg


Disney Nature Earth – stories of animal families polar bears, elephants, and humpback whales. 90 minutes
Zoo Preparation – Make list of any Lagomorpha, Marsupialia, Monotremata, Perissodactyla, Pholidota, and Proboscidea animals found at the zoo and what part of the zoo they are found.
Week 31
Zoo Trip – Look for any Lagomorpha, Marsupialia, Monotremata, Perissodactyla, Pholidota, and Proboscidea animals at the zoo.

Week 32

Order Pinnipedia (seals and walruses) In the fin-footed order there are
Read Seals and Sea Lions by Bobbie Kalman
The Life of Mammals DVD: Return to the Water (marine dwellers – otters, sea lions, whale)

Family Otariidae (eared seals, sea lions),


Draw and classify 1 of the family
·         Antarctic Fur Seal, Arctocephalus gazelle http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/uploads/a/Alan/17781.jpg
·         Northern Fur Seal, Callorhinus ursinus http://whrhsmarinebiology.wikispaces.com/file/view/Adult_male_Northern_Fur_Seal.jpg
·         New Zealand Sea Lion Phocarctos hookeri http://lh4.ggpht.com/-W1_udQoSyao/SgjHs5ngN6I/AAAAAAAAD5g/8Z6XDA7K5Ws/P1011970.JPG
Family Odobenidae (walruses),
Draw and classify 1 of the family
·                     Walrus, Odobenus rosmarus http://www.biolib.cz/IMG/GAL/21175.jpg
Family Phocidae (earless seals).
Draw and classify 1 of the family
·         Mediterranean Monk Seal, Monachus monachus http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M8kU-vSjegg/TWVPyrFlErI/AAAAAAAAASA/tpGiFXY7qs8/s1600/monachous.jpg
·         Hawaiian Monk Seal, Monachus schauinslandi http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/83/Monachus_schauinslandi.jpg
·         Northern Elephant Seal, Mirounga angustirostris http://media-3.web.britannica.com/eb-media/96/99696-004-058EB9C8.jpg
·         Harp Seal, Pagophilus groenlandica (formerly Phoca groenlandicus) http://www.purpleopurple.com/life-science/mammals/harp-seal.jpg
Order Primates (primates) 
Suborder Strepsirrhini  who have longer snouts than their relatives,
Family Cheirogaleidae: dwarf lemurs and mouse-lemurs
Draw and classify 1 of the family Cheirogaleidae
·         Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur (Cheirogaleus medius http://afarensis.gorillacd.org/files/2008/10/ft-3.jpg
·         Pygmy Mouse Lemur, Microcebus myoxinus http://content3.eol.org/content/2009/09/15/22/90257_large.jpg
·         Hairy-eared Dwarf Lemur Allocebus trichotis http://lis-upmc.snv.jussieu.fr/xper2/basesHtml/LemursNains/web/images/Atrichotis2.jpg
Family Daubentoniidae: aye-aye
Draw and classify 1 of the family Daubentoniidae
Family Lemuridae: lemurs
Draw and classify 1 of the family Leuridae
·         Red Ruffed Lemur, Varecia rubra http://www.animalpicturesarchive.com/ArchOLD-7/1192779419-m.jpg
Week 33
Family Lepilemuridae: sportive lemurs
Draw and classify 1 of the family Lepilemuridae
·         Weasel Sportive Lemur (Lepilemur mustelinus) http://tolweb.org/tree/ToLimages/Lepilemur_mustelinus_dr.jpg
Family Indriidae: woolly lemurs and allies
      Draw and classify 1 of the family
·         Silky Sifaka, Propithecus candidus http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/98/Propithecus_candidus_003.jpg


The Life of Mammals DVD: Social Climbers (monkeys) 50 min
Family Lorisidae: lorises, pottos and allies
Draw and classify 1 of the family
·         Red slender loris, Loris tardigradus http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8a/Loris_tardigradus.jpg
·         Pygmy slow loris, Nycticebus pygmaeus http://scienceblogs.com/afarensis/Slow%20loris%201.jpg
Family Galagidae: galagos              
Draw and classify 1 of the family
·         Northern needle-clawed bushbaby, Euoticus pallidus http://thewebsiteofeverything.com/img/pallid_needle-clawed_galago.jpg
Suborder Haplorhini . The simple nosed families include
Family Tarsiidae                   
Draw and classify 1 of the family Tarsiidae
·         Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta or Carlito syrichta) http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9f/Tarsius_syrichta.jpg
Week 34
Family Callitrichidae (marmosets),
Watch Baby Pygmy Marmosets http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DerP_2lvqJ0 2 min
Draw and classify 1 of the family Callitrichidae
·         Emperor Tamarin, Saguinus imperator http://www.animalpicturesarchive.com/ArchOLD-7/1191857591.jpg
·         Black Lion Tamarin, Leontopithecus chrysopygus http://www.flickr.com/photos/alanhill/3592839829/
Family Cebidae (New World monkeys),
Watch squirrel monkeys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlVaiQd8-D8 2 min
Draw and classify 1 of the family Cebidae
·         Black-capped Squirrel Monkey, Saimiri boliviensis http://www.treknature.com/gallery/South_America/Bolivia/photo75124.htm
·         common squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus) http://pixdaus.com/pics/12194218978dDxG6B.jpg
Aotidae Family (night or owl monkeys)
Draw and classify 1 of the family Aotidae
·         Three-striped Night Monkey, Aotus trivirgatus http://www.dkimages.com/discover/previews/1023/1027563.JPG
Pitheciidae Family (titis, sakis, uakaris)
Draw and classify 1 of the family Pitheciidae
·         White-eared Titi, Callicebus (Callicebus) donacophilus http://www.zooinstitutes.com/animals/10359.jpg
·         Bald Uakari, Cacajao calvus http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8c/Male_uakari.jpg

Life – episode Primates 50 min

Atelidae Family (howler, spider, woolly monkeys)
Draw and classify 1 of the family Atelidae
·         Mantled Howler, Alouatta palliate http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3481/3948424808_425272f877.jpg
·         White-cheeked Spider Monkey, Ateles marginatus http://www.ambientebrasil.com.br/images/noticias/not-primatas.jpg
·         Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey, Oreonax flavicauda http://photos.mongabay.com/j/yellowmonkey.jpg
Family Cercopithecidae (baboons, Old World monkeys),
Draw and classify 1 of the family Cercopithecidae
·         Pig-tailed langur, Simias concolor http://idw-online.de/de/newsimage?id=99790&size=screen
·         Purple-faced langur, Trachypithecus vetulus http://img.fotocommunity.com/photos/14692514.jpg
·         Zanzibar red colobus, Piliocolobus kirkii http://images.ookaboo.com/photo/m/ZanzibarColobus_m.jpg
·         Sooty mangabey, Cercocebus atys http://www.flickr.com/photos/puffinbytes/5026933645/
·         Olive baboon, Papio Anubis http://www.flickr.com/photos/saranvaid/2967217042/
·         Angolan talapoin, Miopithecus talapoin http://www.biopix.com/photos/gdr-miopithecus-talapoin-07035.jpg
Week 35
Family Hylobatidae (gibbons),
Watch the swinging gibbon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSLFHPd8LX0 1 min
Draw and classify 1 of the family Hylobatidae

Family Hominidae (gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans),


Draw and classify 2 of the family Hominidae
·         Sumatran Orangutan, Pongo abelii http://images.sciencedaily.com/2007/09/070912152659-large.jpg
·         Cross River Gorilla, Gorilla gorilla diehli http://www.arkive.org/media/D1FEE107-DC7F-4DBF-85C9-953D692889D6/Presentation.Large/photo.jpg
·         Mountain Gorilla, Gorilla beringei beringei http://www.travel-images.com/pht/rwanda15.jpg
·         Common Chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2007/madisen_neil/images/indexpic.jpg
·         Bonobo (Pygmy Chimpanzee), Pan paniscus http://www.plantsystematics.org/users/jdelaet/1_10_05_4/upload66/nP8220569.JPG
Order Rodentia (gnawing mammals) The most prolific mammals, Order Rodentia includes three suborders.
Suborder Anomaluromorpha
Draw and classify 1 of the suborder Anomaluromorpha
·         Species Pedetes capensis (South African spring hare) http://www.biolib.cz/IMG/GAL/29901.jpg
Suborder Castorimorpha (beavers, gophers, kangaroo rats, pocket mice, and relatives)

The Life Cycle of a BeaverLife Cycle of a Beaver by Bobbie Kalman

Draw and classify 1 of the suborder Castorimorpha
·         Species Pectinator spekei (Speke’s pectinator) http://www.biolib.cz/IMG/GAL/142254.jpg
·         Species Castor canadensis (American beaver) http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/resources/tanya_dewey/beaver2.jpg/medium.jpg
·         Species Chaetodipus intermedius (rock pocket mouse) http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuartwildlife/5726805085/

Week 36

Suborder Hystricomorpha
Mouse (Animal Neighbors) by Stephen Savage

Draw and classify 3 of the suborder Hystricomorpha

·         Species Belomys pearsonii (hairy-footed flying squirrel) http://www.planet-mammiferes.org/Photos/Rongeur/Sciuromo/Petaure/BeloPea1.jpg

The Life of Mammals DVD: Chisellers (rodents – squirrels, rat, muskrat, mouse)

Week 37
Order Sirenia (dugongs and manatees)
Family Trichechidae (manatees)

Read Manatees (Our Wild World) by Feeney

Draw and classify 1 of the family of Trichechidae
·         Trichechus manatus latirostris, Florida Manatee http://www.brandoncole.com/profile%20photos/MANATEE/nz0643-D-manatees_mother_calf_brandon_cole.jpg
·         Trichechus inunguis, Amazonian Manatee http://tigertailfoods.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/manatee-herd.jpg
Family Dugongidae (dugongs and other sea cows)  
Watch save the Dugongs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soVhgiJPngk 2 min
Draw and classify the family Dugongidae
Order Tubulidentata (aardvarks)
Family Orycteropodidae
Draw and classify 1 of the family of Orycteropodidae
Zoo Preparation – Make list of any Pinnipedia, Primates, Rodentia, Sirenia, and Tubulidentata animals found at the zoo and what part of the zoo they are found.
Week 38
Zoo Trip – Find as many Pinnipedia, Primate, Rodentia, Sirenia and Tubulidentata animals as possible.


  1. This is Amazing! Thank you!

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