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Wild About Painted Dogs Student Art Competition

IMG_4641Dear Educators,

Get your art supplies out and let your students go wild for the Birmingham Zoo’s First Annual Conservation Student Art Competition. We invite your students to participate in this year’s Wild About Painted Dogs Student Art Competition. Students will have a chance to win a Family Fun Day at the Zoo with their families and have their artwork displayed in the Zoo’s Predator Building throughout the summer. A Grand Prize Winner will receive a Zoo to You Animal Encounter for their classroom.

Each year, the Birmingham Zoo aids numerous local, national and international conservation projects that help protect ecosystems and the animals that live there. One of the organizations we support is Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe. Painted dogs, also known as African wild dogs are among the most endangered species in Africa with an estimated 3,000—5,000 remaining in existence. We encourage you to share information about the painted dog with your students.  To assist you in doing this, we have provided links to several online resources (below).

Area students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade are eligible to enter. Schools are asked to submit top three entries for each grade category from their school for final judging.  Entries will be accepted from April 1 through April 30. All entries must be postmarked by April 30, 2014. The winning artists will be notified on May 12 and then recognized at the 9th Annual Birmingham ZooRun on May 17, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (205) 397-3847 or rtorbert@birminghamzoo.com. The Birmingham Zoo thanks you for supporting the First Annual Conservation Student Art Competition.

Sincerely,
Roger Torbert
Vice President, Education

Teachers, please see Contest Details for additional information.

Painted Dog Resources

School Programs

 

School Programs are held at 10:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday during the school calendar year and pre-registration is required. During summer months, Education programs for groups are available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To register, click here. School Programs are 15 to 20 minutes depending upon the grade level and are $1 per person. These programs include live animals. Unless noted, all programs are available for Kindergarten to High School. These programs are correlated to state and national science standards. Programs are available on a first-come, first-reserved basis. Due to the fact that we use live animals, cancellations are required.

Monday
Alabanimals: Alabama has amazing animals! This program features live animals native to Alabama and can include birds, mammals, and reptiles.   The program focus is on biodiversity, backyard ecology, and protection of our local environment.

Tuesday
Creature Features: Every animal is a mixture of
adaptations that allow survival. Learn about many different animal adaptations from horns to hibernation.

Wednesday
What’s for Dinner? - All animals need to eat for survival!  This program features live animals with diverse eating habits.  The program focuses on the food chain and what happens when the system isn’t able to function properly.  It also will focus on animals’ adaptation to find food.

Thursday
Alabanimals: Alabama has amazing animals! This program features live animals native to Alabama and can include birds, mammals, and reptiles.   The program focus is on biodiversity, backyard ecology, and protection of our local environment.

Friday
Reptile Style: Reptiles are an extremely diverse class of animals. Learn about snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodilians.

Zoo Visit Activities

For Grades K-2
Zoo Scavenger Hunt (Grades K-2)

For Grades 3-5
Animal Adaptation
Animal Observation
Zoo Riddles
Scavenger Hunt (Grades 3 – 5)

For Grades 6-8
Animal Observation
Scientific Name Game (Scavenger Hunt)

For Grades 9-12
Survival of the Fittest

For the safety of all campers, students and participants, all Education programs are nut-free programs. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Walnuts
  • Any/all nut products