Team 7.3 Omaha zoo trip

Ryan Millikan

Henry Doorly Zoo Gate

Gateway to the wild

Arapaima are air-breathing fish. They can hold their breath for 10-20 minutes

Arapaima                          Arapaima gigas

Rain forest                              Eastern SA

Fish Adaptations                    Arapaima Adaptations

1) breathe w/gills                     1) breathe air out of water

2) ectothermic                             2) Amazon floods are important for reproduction

3) most have scales                    3) big muzzle=big prey (other fish, sometimes birds)

4) fins                                            4) lay tens of thousands of eggs

5) most lay jelly coated eggs                            5) makes a distinctive coughing sound

This frog has red eyes for shocking predators

Red-Eyed Tree Frog              Agalychnis callidryas

Rainforest                  East Central America

Amphibian Adaptations                 Red-Eyed Tree Frog Adaptations

1) moist skin        1) green skin leaves "ghost" on leaves at night when it jumps

2) can live in water and on land          2) red eyes to scare predators

3) lay jelly coated eggs           3) startle coloration technique

4) metabolic rate slow                4) 3 eye lids

5) skin contains mucous glands        5) camouflage

The American Alligator has sharp teeth for hunting

American Alligator(native species)                        Alligator mississippiensis

Freshwater swamp                   South-Eastern USA

1) scales                                      1) powerful jaws

2) some have camouflage                        2) muscular tail

3) some have venom              3) sharp teeth

4) some lizards can shed tail           4) supremely adapted swimmers

5) molt skin                 5) males grow to 10-15 ft. long

African Jacana                          Actophilornis africana

Freshwater Ponds                     South Africa

Bird Adaptations              African Jacana

1) feathers                  1) long legs/toes for wading

2) hollow bones                  2) males care for chicks

3) beak/bill designed for special prey/food      3) eye stripe

4) endothermic                4) bill is coot-like head shield

5) wings                       5) floating brown nest

Malayan Tapir(endangered)                 Tapirus indicus

Tropical lowland rain forest             SE Asia

Mammal Adaptations                        Malayan Tapir Adaptations

1) fur                                       1) camouflage

2) backbone                   2) long, flexible proboscises

3) feed young milk                       3) excellent hearing

4) lung                        4) excellent smelling

5) warm blooded                   5) nocturnal

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