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Science


Zoo Zoo Zoo


Animals in the zoo
Grade Levels:
Primary
Length:
15 minutes
Taping Rights:
Unlimited
MARC Record:
Downloadable
Teaching Materials:
See Below
Program Schedule and Streaming Links:
See Below

Zoo animals are presented to young viewers in programs built around themes such as predators, ears, eyes, tails, and feet. Special features of the animals, their behavior, and their relationships to one another are emphasized. The photography helps young viewers see the close-up details of each animal.


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2012/13 KETKY Program Schedule

101. All About Eyes
Humans share binocular vision with animal predators like leopards and condors, but the preyed-upon zebra and many birds watch for attackers with eyes on the sides of their heads.
102. All About Feet
Water striders skip, waders stand tall, and penguins have short, fat feet for snow and ice. Birds catch prey with talons; hoofed animals run to escape; raccoons climb. Footless snakes and worms crawl, sea anemones take root, and starfish swim.
103. All About Ears
Water animals have small ears, if any. Fish "hear" vibrations with their lateral lines, and snakes "hear" with their bellies. Animals that hunt or are hunted need excellent hearing. Rabbits and elephants lose body heat through their ears. The ears of owls, ostriches, and grasshoppers are hidden. Bats use their ears for echolocation.
104. All About Tails
Skunks "talk" with their tails, kinkajous use theirs to grasp branches, and giraffes swat flies with theirs. Tails help animals balance and are handles for elephant babies, bushy blankets for snow leopards, and chairs for wallaroos.
105. Animal Costumes
Colors and patterns help insects, birds, fish, and mammals court their mates, hide from their enemies, and sneak up on their prey. Even brightly colored animals are hard to see in certain environments.
106. Animal Defenses
Some animals fly or climb to escape predators. Others look like their surroundings. Armor, bad smells, and bad tastes protect goliath beetles, skunks, and butterflies.
107. The Importance of Predators
Predators are part of the natural cycle. The vulture is "nature's garbageman." Insect eaters prey as efficiently as leopards and sharks. Starfish wait for their prey, but piranha attack in schools. Spiders keep the fly and mosquito populations down.
108. Do Animals Talk?
Kookaburras, crickets, gibbons, and rattlesnakes communicate with sound. Deer, eagles, and hawks give visual signals. Ferrets leave their scent. Bees dance to tell the hive where to find flowers.
109. How and What Animals Eat
Ferrets use their noses to find food, snakes their tongues, big cats their vision, and the sea anemone its sense of touch. Snapping turtles, fish, pelicans, and vampire bats catch prey with their specialized mouths. Plant-eating animals include the rabbit, the blesbok, and the elephant.
110. How Animals Move
Animals climb, run, swim, fly, and crawl to get food and to escape predators. Viewers see some special aids to swimmers—flippers, air bladders, a flat tail, and webbed feet—and the different ways in which snakes and snails crawl.
111. How Animals Help Each Other
Remora fish feed on shark parasites, and the sharks protect the remora. Prairie dog tunnels provide homes for other animals. Lions hunt in prides, bees share warmth, and ants carry the aphids that give them nectar.
112. Zoo Babies
Snakes need no mothering; ducklings and goslings, very little. Robins, alpacas, lions, gorillas, and humans need a lot. An opossum depends on its mother's pouch, the seahorse on its father's, but both parents raise Canada geese. If zoo animals reject babies, specially trained people take over.
113. Animal Houses
Some animals burrow; others live in trees. Social insects and coral make large, complex structures. Spider homes help catch their food, and insect galls are both homes and food. Barn owls are becoming as rare as the old barns in which they live.
114. Animal Groups
Animals that live together benefit from many eyes, ears, and noses. Animals that live alone will come together to a common source of food. Some insects and most spiders are loners, but others live in sophisticated groupings.
115. Who Works at the Zoo?
It isn't easy to give a shot to a Bengal tiger; unusual equipment helps zoo doctors. Zookeepers monitor the water in the aquarium and the heat in the insect zoo. The nursery cares for abandoned babies.
116. Where Animals Live
You can tell where many animals live simply by looking at them. Viewers see special adaptations of waders, swimmers, climbers, and plant eaters. Animals from cold places are contrasted with desert animals.

The schedule listed here includes only airings on the KETKY channel. See the complete Zoo Zoo Zoo broadcast schedule for airings on all KET channels.



Kentucky Academic Expectations

This program relates to the following Kentucky Academic Expectations.

Kentucky schools may tape and retain programs according to the rights listed above. For further information, contact the KET Education Division.

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