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Polar Bear Picnic

The Wilder, the Better

Doctor Fish

Tuna in the Tank

Zoos as Arks

Return to the Wild

Viewer Challenge
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The New Zoos:
Viewer Challenge Quiz


Watch Scientific American Frontiers Show 805: The New Zoos, and test your knowledge by answering these questions:

POLAR BEAR PICNIC
  1. What is the key to a successful enrichment program in a zoo?
    1. secret hiding places
    2. novelty
    3. fewer visitors
    4. low-fat foods

  2. List three examples of ways zoos provide enrichment.

THE WILDER, THE BETTER
  1. Which of the following facts is not true about orangutans?
    1. They are happy in groups.
    2. They don't compete for food.
    3. They remember where food is located.
    4. They figure out good strategies for finding food.

  2. For Saki monkeys, the behavioral equivalent of pacing the cage is:_____________.
DOCTOR FISH
  1. Why might training Guthrie the sea lion to perform be good for him?

TUNA IN THE TANK
  1. Why did vets at the Monterey Bay Aquarium stop feeding tuna the food they eat in the wild?

ZOOS AS ARKS
  1. Pandas exchange information with other pandas through their sense of:_____________.

  2. Researchers at the San Diego Zoo found that the key to increasing the breeding potential of captive animals is:
    1. music.
    2. good food.
    3. more space.
    4. toys to play with.
RETURN TO THE WILD
  1. Zoo expert Ben Beck says that "99% of this business" [observing animals] is:_____________.

  2. Golden lion tamarins raised in captivity have problems finding food because they lack good (choose two):
    1. locomotion skills.
    2. senses of smell and taste.
    3. communication.
    4. mapping skills.


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