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Big Cats: Tigers

Big cats are always popular at the zoo. We are fascinated to see the same behaviors in these large animals that we notice with our pet cats at home. Let's investigate these magnificent mammals and look closely at one particular big cat, the tiger.

Go to The Cyber Zoomobile at http://home.globalcrossing.net/~brendel/index.html. Scroll down to Order Carnivora (meat eaters) Family Felidae (cats). Select four members of the cat family to research. Click on the pictures of your choices and then read the information. Look for three interesting facts about each and write down what you have discovered.

Cat #1 Cat #2 Cat #3 Cat #4

Did all four have anything in common? What?

How did you do? __ of 12.

Explore The Tiger Information Center further to find answers to these questions:

  • How many different kinds of tigers are there?

  • What are some of the threats to tigers?

  • Why are tigers striped?

  • How much better is a tiger's night vision than a human's?

Extension Activity

If you were a tiger, would you want to be in the wild or in a zoo? Write an essay that explains your opinion.



Big Cats: Tigers Teacher's Notes

Grade Levels: 4–6

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about big cats, specifically tigers
  • To conduct research using Web sites
  • To analyze and synthesize information from research

Time Required: 1–2 class sessions