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Wildlife Trivia

Considering the popularity of shows like Jeopardy, it occurred to me that you might enjoy an online wildlife trivia game.

The Oracle Education Foundation’s ThinkQuest has six online animal quizzes, with one for each continent.  They’re egalitarian – they all have 10 questions each.  Your scores on them, however, may not be so equal!

BobcatThe North American quiz addresses a range of subjects from the type of habitat bobcats prefer, to what type of North American animal has a social structure like that of humans.

The South American one tests your knowledge of what sounds a Collared Peccary makes, how an Anaconda kills its prey, and other questions.

The European version involves lemming migrations, one of Europe’s most famous animal phenomenons.  In fact, six of the ten questions center around lemmings.  If you’d like to play with a quiz that tests your knowledge of more European animals, check out Animal Corner.

PuffinsAnimal Corner is a British website features both their native and international wildlife.  Their animal sections have color photos that act as links to information about each animal.  It’s an online version of the wildlife encyclopedias that absorbed many of my reading hours when I was a child.  It has a 10 question online quiz that tests your knowledge of 10 different British animals.

The Australian ThinkQuest animal quiz features six animals, including the well known Platypus, Bandicoot, and Brown Kiwi, the not so well known Greater Bilbie, and a mystery animal.

The African animal one asks about an Okapi’s relatives, how deep a meerkat’s burrow is, and for other knowledge.

Pere Davids DeerThe Asian quiz actually tests your knowledge about ten different animals, including the Siberian and the Bengal tigers.  I scored my best score on this one tied with the South American quiz.  I guess those hours of reading animal encyclopedias paid off!

If by any chance the ThinkQuest games are too easy for you, there’s a more difficult animal quiz that even includes technical terms such as vernal pools and spongioforms.  It’s produced by the Massachusetts Envirothon,  a statewide environmental education program for high school aged teenagers and their advisors.  My score was both sadly funny and a suggestion that I might want to find those wildlife encyclopedias and read them again!

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