Crazy Critter Adventures

Lessons from the world around us


Keep Ponds Clean Or Frogs Get Sick

Hi everyone,

Welcome back! I hope  you are learning bits of things through the blogs.

This month, I did Animal Classification and it was a bit boring at first, but I learned a lot.  We used a lesson from Mensa Education and Research Foundation and I thank them for helping me learn about classification of all animals, especially wild cats .  

Click here for the link to the Animal Classification packet by Mensa Foundation 

animal-classificationAnimal classification is when we organize animals into groups .There are 6 kingdoms  are  Achaebaceteria, Eubacteria, Protist, Fungi, Plants & Animal. All animals belong to the animal kingdom.

The person who first started animal classification is Carolus Linnaeus in the 18 century in 1735 in Sweden. He was called the taxonomist (a taxonomist is a person who classifies animals). Taxonomist also name animals. He started organizing them into seven levels.

  1. Kingdom
  2. Phylum
  3. Class
  4. Order
  5. Family
  6. Genus
  7. Species

An easy way to remember is to learn the phrase “Keep Ponds Clean Or Frogs Get Sick”

Animal Classification helps scientists find the similarities in animals. They can use the book, International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, or ICZN, for understanding animal classifications.

You can find animal classifications for many animals on a website that was mentioned in the lesson:

I wanted to find out the classification for a wild cat, a leopard.


  • Kingdom – Anamalia
  • Phylum – Chordata
  • Subphylum – Vertebrata
  • Class – Mammalia
  • Order – Carnivora
  • Family – Felidae (cats)
  • Genus – Panthera (roaring cats)
  • Species – Panthera pardus (leopard)

Also, I used a designing website called Canva to create posters on the seven levels of animal classification. I also created more posters on mammals, aves, and reptiles. It was fun because it felt like I was not doing work. Do check it out. 

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When I tried to find out about cougars, I learnt that cougars are called by different names like mountain lion, puma, or panther. Did you know they were all the same?


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Mysore Zoo Math

Hi  Everyone,

Today we did some math problems using the information from the zoo. The animals we picked have the same classification: they have the same Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species. I will be doing a post of Animal Classification soon. Hope you come back to check it out.

This is the math problem my mom made me do using all the wild cats in the zoo. Try it with me. I’ve included the answers too.

The Mysore Zoo has 12 leopards, 3 lions, 4 tigers and 2 jaguars:

1. Draw a data chart (plot against x and y axis) showing the number of animals.

This is a bar-graph that shows the number of wildcats at the Mysore Zoo. I have the number of animals on the y-axis and the animals on the x-axis. It was important to make sure I used a ruler to mark the numbers. It is easy to see that the number of leopards are the highest.



2. Write the fraction representation for each of the animals

First, I have to find the total number of wildcats: 12 leopards + 4 tigers + 3 lions + 2 jaguars = 21 wildcats

  1. There are 12/21 leopards
  2. There are 4/21 tigers
  3. There are 3/21 lions
  4. There are 2/21 jaguars

3. If 2/3 of the leopards were cubs below the age of 1, how many cubs are there?


Total number of leopards = 12 AND ‘of’ means multiplication

2/3 of 12 = 2/3 x 12 = 24/3 = 8 leopard cubs

Hope you try the problems at home. Send me some of your questions that I can work on too.

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Zoo Life – Part 2


Photo Courtesy: Cousin Bonnie

Hi Everybody,

Welcome back! This is my second post about the Mysore zoo. This time I went with my cousin and her friend. We saw lots of activity. There were pregnant Leopard moms that were so ready to give birth. We also saw a very sick Zebra that needed to be tranquilized in order to be treated. But today I want to share about Asiatic Lions and the One-horned Indian Rhinoceros.


Asiatic lions are very different to African lions because African lions are much bigger than Asian lions and they have more color and they eat more. I think that Asian lions look less stronger. Here are 3 things about the AsiaticLions.

  1. Asiatic lions live in the middle east of India, in the Gir National Forest.
  2. They are very low in number and  “endangered,” which means very close to being extinct in the wild. (I read it in the zoo)
  3. Did you know that there is a World Lion Day that is celebrated on August 10th

Well, that was a little bit about the Asiatic Lions. The next animal is kind, friendly, cute and sometimes, fierce.


Rhinos are very scary but the ones I saw in the zoo were kind and playful. They actually came up to their care taker and were being fed by him. They had been vaccinated that morning and were a little wounded as well.

  1. Rhinos live in Africa, India, Indonesia and Malaysia in swamps and rain forests. The one in the zoo were the Indian One-Horned Rhino.
  2. Rhinos have shields on them and they eat bananas & leaves and they use their lips to get their food.
  3. Rhinos have poor eyesight but great sense of hearing and smell.


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My First Abstract Art

Hi everyone,

I did this art work  and I will tell you more about it.


This is what I drew when my dad was out at a meeting. I really do not know what it is but I say that the picture is a sky and then water. which is black and red.

First, I thought that it will be messy then I started to put colours.  Then it became fascinating as I drew it.  I thought it is something I have never done before and it was awesome.  I hope you could also try to do it if you can and add some colours.

I drew this because I felt bored and I chose these colours because I wanted it to be dull, not bright.  And because I was bored I thought that maybe using dull colours might be exactly the same as my emotions.  And it is very important to put your emotions in your art as that every one will understand your feelings and what you felt.  This will help people understand why you did that art.

Now, after completing it, I feel very happy seeing it and I am proud of my own self that I did it because it brings joy to me when I see it.  I do not know what I would feel if I hadn’t done it.

But now I know I feel joy because it has almost every emotion I experience.  The waves and the swirls brings the emotions.  It makes me feel perfectly sad.

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Zoo Life – Part 1

Hi everyone, I  am so glad you are interested in more blogs. Today I visited the zoo. This was special cause it was with my aunt. Second, cause the animals were active.

P.S. I have ever seen them active.

img_7427Guess what? You will never believe this but my aunt and I were walking in the zoo when a monkey came up to us.  I hid behind my aunt; she got so scared and she dropped her bottle of water and the monkey stole it, opened the cap, and drank out of it! We then ran .I really hope you liked this story but I liked two animals I met at the zoo and researched more about them. So, lets start learning together.



We saw Sloth Bears (not the same as sloths) and they are very cute but when they are bugged they stand  up on their hind limbs which makes them look bigger and scarier. They do this because they do not like a  lot of people watching and bothering them. Trust me, I saw it. Plus, I will tell you a bit of them:

  1. A sloth bear’s natural food includes honey combs, flowers ,berries, and most of all, termites
  2. The bear in Jungle Book, Baloo, might be a sloth bear based on the descriptions in the book
  3. Sloth bears get caught for circuses and they get killed for jackets.

So, that was a little bit of sloth bears but the next animal is scarier.


White tigers are very pretty but yet they are very scary. The tiger I saw is named Agasthya. He is 14 years old.


  1. They are known as Bengal tigers and they are not the same as Siberian tigers.
  2. In the wild, only 12 white tigers have been spotted in a hundred years
  3. I have read that white tigers have blue eyes, but Agasthya never turned around to show us his nose and eyes.

I have a question for you:

Bengal tigers are usually yellow, so why is Agasthya white? I researched and found the answer very interesting. You can leave you thoughts in the comments section below.

I enjoyed my trip to the zoo and taking the pictures of all these animals. I’ll write more when I visit again.

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The One and Only Ivan – Review

My dad and I read the book The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Ivan, a Silverback Gorilla at the Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, was brought there as a baby.

My dad asked me to analyze each character in the story and learn more about it. For example, I found Stella to be a patient elephant. So, I did a research project on patience and how marmoset monkeys are more patient than tamarin monkeys.

Ivan FInal


We also found 4 themes in the book.

Theme 1 – Ivan’s loneliness.

I thought that Ivan longed for a family.

  1. That Ivan wanted his friends and family back
  2. Ivan was so sad that he let his emotions control him
  3. Ivan was so scared that he would not have any more friends

Theme 2 – Ivan’s Care for Ruby

I thought Ivan loved Ruby and was patient with her

  1. Ivan missed Stella, the elephant, so he had to take care of the new arrival, the baby elephant, Ruby
  2. Ivan promised Stella something so he has to keep his promise
  3. Ivan was so responsible for Ruby

Theme 3 – Bob, the dog, was a good friend to Ivan

I thought of my friends and how important it is to have good friends

  1. The story tells that Bob likes Ivan and they are best friends
  2. They used to watch TV together
  3. Bob likes to cuddle up and warm up next to Ivan

Theme 4 – Freedom

Ivan wanted to be free in the forest and I wanted him to get out of the glass box and live his dream

  1. Ivan liked it when he was free and could play with his sister
  2. Then he went to Mack’s house and liked it a bit. He had more freedom than at the mall.
  3. In the end, he didn’t have full freedom cause he was caged for so long. But he liked Kinyani and liked running in the fields.

I liked the story because it had a lot of interesting things about a gorilla. My favorite part of the story was when Julia and Bob went to meet Ivan at the new place. It was a good book to read because the story slowly introduces the each character, and builds on how they interacted as friends.


Dogs and Cats

Dogs hate cats

And cats hate dogs

But they love to play

Sometimes rough,

Sometimes play fight

But sometimes I see they are sad

I wonder why?

Because the sky is so high


Let us enjoy the spirit of cats and dogs

They could be joyful,

beautiful and cute

And we should notice

that they are sweet

And cause no harm


When they walk outside as

packs and clowders

I see the playfulness in them

They are saying that they care for us.


INSPIRATION: On our street, we have lots of stray dogs and cats. I watch them connect with each other. I see them happy and enjoying themselves, but some people think they are violent. This poem shows my views of how cats and dogs can bring something better.