Most of the challenges below were created by fourth graders on our very last day of school in June, 2011:
1. I sometimes eat so much I can’t take off and fly again. I live in warm parts of Asia, Africa and Europe. We are sometimes called buzzards. What am I?
2. When I am born I am white or gray and when I am an adult I am pink. I am very social and I am a wading bird. I do not eat fish. What am I?
3. I lived on the Galapagos Islands. We were all assumed to be extinct until a Ranger found me. I was the rarest animal in the world. They called me Lonesome George. What am I?
4. I am a tree-living animal. I can be found in South America. I do not eat meat. I move very slowly. What am I?
5. I am a freshwater, carnivorous fish. I can be found throughout the U.S. and can weigh up to 55 pounds. I ambush my prey and am a cannibal. What am I?
6. I do not eat plants. I can live for about 13 years in captivity. My predators are humans. In Swahili my name is Simba. What am I?
7. I live in rain forests of the southern hemisphere and I am a shy bird. I mainly eat fruits, and can get to be 40-50 years old in the wild. What am I?
8. I am an unusual looking fish. With my long snout, I might remind you of a platypus. I live in rivers in the United States and get to be about 5 feet long and can live to be about 50 years old. What am I?
9. I am the fastest bird, but I do not fly. I have a very long neck. I live in Africa. I have ancestors dating back 50 million years ago. What am I?
10. I am a marsupial. I am an herbivore but can go for long periods without food or water. I can even recycle a small amount of my body’s waste products. About the size of a cat, my predators are dingos and foxes and I live mainly on Rottnest Island, Australia. What am I?