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Did you go on the Treasure Trail scavenger hunt in the October 2007 Kids Alive? If so, you’re probably eager to see the answers. It was a challenging game. We hope you had fun. We received 10 e-mails with ALL the right answers. Remember, the answers had to be found at the Milwaukee County Zoo—NOT on the Internet. We closed the contest on Nov. 1, 2007.

Treasure Hunt Go on a scavenger hunt!
If you didn't complete our Treasure Trail scavenger hunt, click here for the original questions and see how many you can answer correctly, just for fun! Be careful — the answers are found below.
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The replies with all the right answers went into a hat. College student Danielle Johnson, our fall communications intern at the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, picked the winner. The winner received a plush-toy hippopotamus as a prize. The winner’s name will appear in the February-March issue of Wild Things newsletter.

Now, here are the answers

  1. How many gallons of blood does an African elephant have?
    Where to find the answer: Holz Family Foundation Learning Zone in the Animal Health Center
    Answer: 90 gallons. You would have to fill a car with a 12-gallon tank 7 ½ times to get the same amount of blood.
    Clue: Unscramble these words to discover the building where you’ll find the answer!
    milana latheh teecrn
    Answer: Animal Health Center

  2. What is the most endangered bird in the world and is extinct in the wild?
    Where to find the answer: Herb & Nada Mahler Family Aviary
    Answer: The Guam kingfisher (also called Micronesian kingfisher)

  3. Which bird is considered a living fossil?
    Where to find the answer: Herb & Nada Mahler Family Aviary
    Answer: The speckled mousebird. It hasn’t changed in about 22 million years.

  4. What’s another name for macaque monkeys?
    Where to find the answer: Macaque Island
    Answer: snow monkeys. Our macaques at the Zoo are Japanese macaques. They live in snowy regions of Japan where snow covers the ground five months of the year.

  5. Where does Al the mink live?
    Where to find the answer: Macaque Island
    Answer: Macaque Island

  6. How many buildings can you see on the mural of the indoor spider monkey exhibit?
    Where to find the answer: Primates of the World building, Temple Monkeys of Tikal exhibit
    Answer: Three—The mural pictures two Maya temples and one building ruin from the city of Tikal in Guatemala.

  7. Which is the largest living primate?
    Where to find the answer: Apes of Africa pavilion
    Answer: The gorilla (specifically, the male silverback gorilla)

  8. There are only two species of venomous lizards in the world. Which one does our Zoo have?
    Where to find the answer: Aquatic & Reptile Center
    Answer: The Mexican beaded lizard is venomous and is on display at the Zoo. The other venomous lizard is the gila monster.

  9. Which flying Wisconsin mammal can make your life better if you build it a house?
    Where to find the answer: Small Mammals Building
    Answer: The little brown bat, which is common in Wisconsin, eats 3,000 to 8,000 mosquitoes and other pesky insects a night. If you build a bat house in your yard, you may get a brown bat to live in it and eat the insects that are bothering your family. Note: While the Zoo does not have little brown bats on exhibit, many of them fly free on Zoo grounds. The Zoo exhibits fruit-eating bats and vampire bats in the Small Mammals Building. There you’ll also find a sign about building bat houses, and you can ask for a free sheet of directions on how to make your own bat house. Note: Many species of bats are endangered.
    Clue: A snake puzzle with three questions provided a clue to Question No. 9 on the Treasure Trail. The answers to the puzzle questions are:
    1) The Zoo has two of these large, white birds with long necks. Answer: swan
    2) If male cattle are bulls, then cows must be________________ Answer: females
    3)________ and tigers and bears. Oh my! Answer: Lions
    [Note: This is a famous line from the movie “The Wizard of Oz.”]
    Hint 9 Answer

  10. What is the world’s smallest monkey?
    Where to find the answer: Small Mammals Building
    Answer: Pygmy marmoset.
    More background: According to Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, the pygmy marmoset is the smallest new world monkey, weighing in at 3.9 ounces. As all old world monkeys weigh more than 1 pound, the pygmy marmoset is the smallest monkey -- but not the smallest primate. The smallest primate is the pygmy mouse lemur, weighing only 1 ounce.
    Code: By solving a code on page 14 of the October 2007 Alive, you would get the answer.

  11. How do birds know when to migrate?
    Where to find the answer: The Birds Without Borders-Aves Sin Fronteras® Migratory Bird Deck, presented by the Derse Family Foundation, on the southeastern shore of Lake Evinrude.
    Answer: Birds know when to migrate because of the change in day length. There are longer days in the spring and shorter days in the fall.
    Clue: Unscramble these words to discover the area where you’ll find the answer.
    grotaimry dirb cedk
    (Answer: migratory bird deck)

  12. What do emus swallow to help digest their food?
    Where to find the answer: Australia Building
    Answer: Stones. Emus are very large birds that live in the wild in Australia.

  13. What is the largest living marsupial?
    Where to find the answer: Australia Building
    Answer: Red kangaroo
    More background: The red kangaroo and its cousin, the gray kangaroo, are the largest living marsupials. We have only red kangaroos on exhibit at the Zoo. According to Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, eastern gray kangaroos are longer from head to tail than red kangaroos, but red kangaroos weigh more than grays.
    Clue: A maze was the hint for this question. The answer to the maze is:
    Australia Building

  14. How many totem poles in Wolf Woods have red lips?
    Where to find the answer: Wolf Woods boardwalk
    Answer: Two
    More background: There are four aging totem poles along the Wolf Woods boardwalk. They date back to 1985, but you can still see the red lips on two of the totems. For more information on totem poles, look for the January 2008 Kids Alive.

  15. What color is a polar bear’s skin?
    Where to find the answer: polar bear exhibit near Lake Evinrude
    Answer: Black. The black skin is under transparent hairs that make it look as if the bear has a white coat.

  16. What are rhino horns made out of?
    Where to find the answer: Rhinoceros exhibit (outdoor yard)
    Answer: Keratin.
    Clue: A clue to this question asked you to fill in the word at the end of this sentence: Rhino horn is made from the same material that makes up your _________.
    The answer is toenails.
    The same substance makes up your fingernails.

  17. What is the largest living feline (cat)?
    Where to find the answer: Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country
    Answer: Amur (Siberian) tiger

  18. What is the tallest flying bird in North America?
    Where to find the answer: Wong Family Pheasantry next to the Herb & Nada Mahler Family Aviary.
    Answer: the whooping crane
    More background: A story on Torch, the Zoo’s only whooping crane, appeared in the October 2007 issue of Alive magazine, on page 22.
    Clue: A clue to this question asked you to fill in the words at the end of this sentence: This bird’s neighbor in the
    Zoo is the _____________ ________________.
    The answer is: silver pheasant
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