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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.