Wildlife Encounters: Kindergarten - 4th Grade

Key Words

Adaptation: A trait that helps an animal or plant to survive in its ecosystem.

Altricial Offspring: Wild babies that need their parents for all their food and care.

Camouflage: An adaptation that helps an animal hide by looking like the area around it.

Fecundity: An adaption where animals have many babies to make sure some survive.

Fledgling: A young bird that is out of the nest and walking, though cannot fly yet.


Food Web: A graph of how all the species in an ecosystem use other species in that ecosystem for food. 

Generalist Species: A species that can use many different resources to survive.

Imprinting: A baby animal learns how to act from its parents.

Migration: An adaptation where an animal will migrate to find more resources.

Natural History: How a species finds food, raises babies, and the role it plays in its ecosystem.

Natural Resource: Something an animal or plant needs to survive, like food, water, and shelter.

Orphaned Wildlife: Wild babies who no longer have parents to care for them. These animals need to be rescued so humans can care for them.

Population: A group of animals or plants that is the same species and lives in the same area.

Precocial Offspring: Wild babies that need little help from their parents to survive.

Predator: An animal that hunts and eats other animals.

Prey: An animal that is food for other animals.

Range: The large area where an entire species can be found.

Specialist Species: A species that needs very unique resources to survive.

Territory: The small area where a single animal lives.


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