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Welcome To The Zoo!! Desert Biome

Science- Mr. RoseDue- 10/23/12
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Gabrielle Pisacreta

on 24 October 2012

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Transcript of Welcome To The Zoo!! Desert Biome

About Our Exhibit: Also in the exhibit... WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR VISIT! The Desert The Ostrich The Cactus Wren Come again Soon!!! MY ZOO EXHIBIT BY :GABRIELLE PISACRETA OUR MAIN ATTRACTION: Our OSTRICH Exhibit!! $ 5.00 for Adults
$2.00 for Children Our exhibit would represent the desert. In the desert, it is very hot and dry. Therefore, the animals and plants that live there have to adapt to this climate. The ground is mostly sand, rocks, plants, and some grass. The Cholla THE PLANTS IN OUR EXHIBIT Our Main Attraction: I chose the Ostrich as the major animal in our zoo exhibit for many reasons. First, Ostriches do not need much to live. For humans, it would be very difficult to survive in the desert because of the lack of water and other resources we need. Ostriches do not need water and mostly eat plants, lizards, and large bugs. They get their moisture from the plants that the eat. Also, Whats the chance that you are going to see a wild Ostrich in your back yard? Ostriches mostly live in dry savannas or open desert areas. So, if you wanted to see one, you could either travel to Africa or come to the Zoo!! Also in our exhibit is the Cactus Wren. The Cactus Wren is a bird that can be found in areas that have cacti, mesquite, yucca, and other desert shrubs. I chose this animal to live with the Ostriches because they would not harm each other. They both feed off of bugs, plants, fruits, and seeds. Also, Cactus Wren can fly and Ostriches cannot. So, there will not be a fight for land. Plus, Cactus Wren build nests on top of spiky cacti. While Ostriches build nests on the ground. The Desert The Environment: Prickly Pear Cactus The Cholla, is beneficial to the zoo habitat because the Cactus Wren can build its nest in it. The prickly needles hold the nest together and it is a perfect sturdy place for it to lay its eggs. The Prickly Pear Cactus is a type of Cactus that grows fruit. The Ostriches and Cactus Wren can eat it. Also, It grows in the desert well because cacti can hold water inside of its body to save for a later date. Figs grow very well in the desert and are also a good food source for the environment. Since the birds I have chosen mostly only eat fruit and plants, figs will be very useful. For the Ostrich & Cactus Wren FEEDING AND WATER SCHEDULE Our exhibit is modeling the desert. Therefore, it must be very warm. The Temperature will be kept at 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The ground will be mostly sand and rocks. There will be a small ditch filled with water because the animals do not need much water to live. There will be various plants that will be sprayed with a light mist of water everyday to make sure that they are alive and healthy. Also, we will make sure that there is plenty of sunshine all throughout the day. There will be some places of shade for animals to rest, and the air will be dry . Inside of the habitat, there will be a water hole so that the animals can have access to water 24/7. We will release bugs like locusts into the cage once a week so that the animals can have something other then fruit to eat. Also, there are many fruit plants inside of the habitat that the animals have access to all the time. Also, if spraying a mist on the plants isn't enough, we will water the plant individually until it is back to full health. Interesting Facts ABOUT THE OSTRICH 1) Ostriches cannot fly
2) They are the largest species of bird
3) Ostriches play dead when they feel like they are in danger They are native to South Africa Ostriches are becoming endangered. They are often hunted for their feathers, which are very different compared to other birds. Ostrich feather Seagull Feather Interesting Facts ABOUT THE CACTUS WREN 1) The Cactus Wren is the state bird of Arizona
2) The average Wren is about 8 in. long
3) The Cactus Wren needs little to no water to
survive The Cactus Wren in native to the
south-western USA and central Mexico The Cactus Wren is not in danger of becoming extinct any time soon because it is not hunted . FOR THE OSTRICH HABITAT FOOD CHAIN Interesting Facts - Prickly Pear Cactus ABOUT THE PLANTS Interesting Facts- Fig Interesting Facts - Cholla 1) Their needles have tubercules at the end
2) They can grow blossoms (normally purple)
3) They are native to the South-Western USA 1) One of the world's oldest foods
2) Their skin can be purple,
red, green, brown, or white
3) They are very sweet 1) Their branches are called 'Pads'
2) They have tiny spikes called glochids
3) Glochids easily detach from the plant,
But are very hard to remove from your skin Interesting Facts -Pomegranate Pomegranates are a delicious fruit that grows in the desert. They contain many fruity seeds that are bittersweet. This plant would serve as a perfect meal for the animals living inside of this environment 1) The seeds inside the Pomegranate are called Arils
2) You can tell if a pomegranate is ripe when it becomes a bright shade of red
3) Pomegranates easily grow in Arizona and other desert like climates. This Biome can be located in the South-Western USA and Africa
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