Walk on the Wild Side

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The Cincinnati Zoo and Mercy Health have partnered to encourage visitors to be well by setting a walking goal or simply noting the distance covered while at the Zoo.  We’ve mapped out steps beginning in the Historic Vine Street Village at the Zoo’s main entrance and following the main path so that visitors can take a “Walk on the Wild Side.” Adults can compare their steps against those of an elephant, while children can see how their steps measure up against those of a penguin. Map stands note how many fractions of a mile visitors have logged in addition to the animal steps.

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Distance Key:
  • From 1 to 2: 158 Feet. About 61 adult, 98 child, 20 Asian elephant, 752 little penguin steps.
  • From 2 to 3: 365 Feet. About 140 adult, 243 child, 46 Asian elephant, 1,738 little penguin steps.
  • From 3 to 4: 635 Feet. About 244 adult, 423 child, 79 Asian elephant, 3,024 little penguin steps.
  • From 4 to 5: 1214 Feet. About 467 adult, 809 child, 152 Asian elephant, 5,781 little penguin steps.
  • From 5 to 6: 777 Feet. About 299 adult, 518 child, 97 Asian elephant, 3,700 little penguin steps.
  • From 6 to 1: 578 Feet: About 22 adult, 385 child, 72 Asian elephant, 2,752 little penguin steps.

For more information on ways to help you be well from our partner, Mercy Health, visit www.e-mercy.com.

Activities for your Zoo Visit

Cincinnati Zoo’s education department has developed the following activities for schools to use during field trips to the Zoo.  They are organized by subject and suggested age group.  Try one on your next visit!

M=Math,  S=Science,  SS=Social Studies,  T=Technology,  L=Language Arts,  C=Creative Arts
Name
Description
PreK
K-2
3-5
6-8
9-12
Animal Observers – Night Hunters
Ask questions and make predictions while investigating nocturnal animals. L, M
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Animal Observers – Wings of the World
Ask questions and make predictions while investigating birds of the world. L, M
x
 
 
 
 
Animal Stereotypes
Identify animal stereotypes and the impacts they may have. L, S 
 
 
 
x
x
Ani-moves
Observe adaptations that help animals move. S
 
 x
 
 
 
Animal Survival Inquiry
 Use inquiry to explore questions about animal temperatures. S
 
 x
 
 
 
Ant Antics
 Practice observation skills on some of the Zoo’s smallest residents. S
 
 x
 
x
 
Big Math
Become a math master with a little help from our elephants. M
 
x
 
 
 
Color the Rainbow PreK-K
Color the Rainbow 1st-2nd
Find out how colors help animals survive. S, C
x
x
 
 
 
Conservation Connection
Answer Key
Discover how the Zoo protects wildlife. S, T
 
 
 
x
x
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Answer Key
Identify the different shapes animal ears make! S,M
x
x
 
 
 
Food Chain Frenzy
Explore food chains and how animals eat. S
 
 
 x
 x
 
Ecosystem Architect
 Design an imaginary ecosystem using Zoo residents. S
 
 
 
x
x
Ethology and Inquiry
 Examine animal behavior and why studying it is important. S
 
 
 
 
x
Exhibit Consultant
Observe exhibit preferences, collect data, graph and analyze results. S, M
 
 
 
x
x
ExSqueeze Me
Gather data and create pie charts to determine if the Zoo is displaying snakes people want to see. M
 
 
x
 
 
Handy Primates
Use observation and inquiry to find out about primate handedness. S
 
 
 x
x
 
Insect Life Cycles
Answer Guide
Explore how insects go through a “big change” at the World of the Insect. S
 
 
x
 
 
Investigating Enrichment
 Explore enrichment and why it is important. S
 
 
 
x
x
Our Silly Day at the Zoo
Create a silly short story using descriptive nouns, verbs and more. L
 
x
 
 
 
Primate Antics
  Practice observation skills on the Zoo’s primates. S
 
x
 x
x
 
Rare Bird Scavenger Hunt
Answer Key
 Discover rare birds living at the Zoo and conservation efforts to save them. S
 
 
 x
 x
 
Saving Wildlife
 Explore how the Zoo helps save wildlife. S
 
 
 
 x
 x
Sensible Senses
 Discover animal senses. S
 x
 
 
 
 
Solar Panel Fever
Find out how much energy solar panels produce and if it is enough to power the entire Zoo. M, T
 
 
 
 
x
Staying Alive
Explore physical and behavioral adaptations that keep animals alive. S
 
x
 
 
 
Toetally Wild
Look at animal footprints and discover how quickly toes and feet can add up. M
 
x
x
 
 
Ultimate Survival
 Explore how animals and plants interact with their environment. S
 
 
 
x
 
Underwater Lawn Mower
Find out how much how manatees eat and how they help the ecosystem they live in. M, S
 
 
 
 
x
Wild Adaptations
Answer Key
Explore plant and animal adaptations for survival. S, C
 
x
x
 
 
You Are Here
Practice geography skills while exploring the Zoo. SS, S
 
 
x
 
 
Zoo Careers
Could you work at the Zoo? S, T, L
 
 
 
 
x
Zoo Sleuth
Reveal animal facts by solving puzzles with rhymes and numbers. M, L
 
 
x