Hide-and-seek in the animal kingdom
When you play hide-and-seek, you might scramble behind a tree or crawl under a bush where no one will see you. Animals hide in the wild, too. But they can’t always find good hiding places. Instead, they hide in plain sight using camouflage. Camouflage is an animal’s way of disguising itself.
Photo by Richard Brodzeller
Just about every animal at the Milwaukee County Zoo has some sort of camouflage. Take the jaguar. Why does it have those beautiful spots? Find out below when you make a jaguar-spot pillowcase. Other activities below will reveal more about animal camouflage. Zoological Society of Milwaukee members: The Kids Alive section of the Zoological Society’s October 2010 Alive magazine featured activities about “Animals, Under Cover.” Click below for those activities and their solutions plus a zebra print pattern.
- Animals Under Cover – Word scramble game (ages 10-14)
- Cool Camouflage Facts – picture match (answers to Kids Alive activity in magazine). (ages 8-10)
- Spotted jaguar pillowcase activity (ages 8-14)
- Zebra print pattern for zebra pillowcase activity in October 2010 Alive magazine
- Guess Who? Guess Where? challenge (ages 10-14)
- Matchstick Camouflage (ages 5-7)
Activities by Gabbi Chee