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Japanese students participated in the Japanese Day at the Minnesota Zoo on December 8, 2015.  21 presenters of Japanese 4 and 5 classes showed five animals at the assigned stations.  This year, we were assigned  Ringtail Lemur, Colobus Monkey, Komoto Dragon, White Cheek Gibbon and Small Clawed Otter.  Students discovered fascinating facts about these and other Zoo animals, all in Japanese. Students can visit about 40 animal stations throughout the Zoo. Upper level language students use music, costumes, and props to interpret the animal exhibits. Students each received a "passport" which gets stamped after listening to the presenter at each station. All days are geared toward language students.  

 

Suggested Internet website for more advanced research

Minnesota Zoo website

Learn all about the animals at the Minnesota Zoo!

http://www.mnzoo.org/animals/animals_athtehZoo.asp

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Links to individual zoos and aquariums websites

http://www.aza.org

General

Free online encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Information to variety of animals

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/

Information on a variety of animals

http://www.seaworld.org/animal-info/index.htm

Animal information from the Wildlife Conservation Society

http://wcs.org

Information on variety of animals

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html

General-kid friendly information

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html

http://discoverychannel.ca/animals/animals_hub/

Tropical Rainforests

Information on climate, plants, and animals

http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/rainforest.htm

Links to Rainforest information

http://www.rain-tree.com/links.htm

Information on world’s hotspots

http://www.biodiversityhotspots.org/xp/Hotspots/

Marine Resources

Whale information

http://www.acsonline.org/

Links to a variety of marine internet sites

http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/marinebio/mblinks.html

Clearinghouse for marine resources

http://www.vims.edu/bridge/

Bird Information

http://www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/info/home.html

http://theaviary.com/

Bat Information

Bat Conservation International

http://www.batcon.org

Wolf Information

International Wolf Center

http://wolf.org

Minnesota Animal Information

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/animals/index.html