Zoo Scavenger Hunt Ideas – Alphabet Animals

If you’re looking for zoo scavenger hunt ideas, here’s an idea that’s quick and easy to organize.

It’s perfect for adding an extra element of excitement on a day trip to the zoo with your kids. Here’s how to plan it:

Resources

  • Pen and paper

Preparation

None needed

Teams

This can be played individually or as a group activity if you have more than one kid.

Instructions

The challenge is to try to find 26 different animals at the zoo – one for every letter of the alphabet: from Aardvark to Zebra!

Give each of the kids some paper and a pen to write down each animal as they find them.

Winner

If you’re playing this scavenger hunt competitively, the winner will be the person who manages to find the most animals beginning with a different letter.

Prize

If you want to reward the winner, give them $5 – $10 to spend in the zoo’s gift store.

Zoo Scavenger Hunt Worksheet

If you’re planning a trip to the zoo with some kids, why not make the visit even more fun with this zoo scavenger hunt worksheet.

It contains a list of 25 animals for them to find along with 3 bonus tasks for them to complete. In addition to the list below, there’s a free printable copy of the worksheet.

This is therefore perfect for when you take your family to the zoo, or for a school trip when learning more about nature and animal biology.

Here’s how to organize this activity:

Resources

  • Worksheets (see below)
  • Pens
  • Cameras (cellphones are fine)

Idea

Give each of the kids a copy of the scavenger hunt list and a pen. Explain that their task is to try to find as many of the animals on the list as they can.

When they find one, they need to write down a fact about the animal (most zoos will have information like this about each of the animals).

To make the game even more fun, there are also three bonus tasks. These are photo scavenger hunt tasks – this means that the kids have to take photos to complete each of them.

Winner

Although this doesn’t have to be competitive, the winner would be the person who manages to find the most zoo animals on the list and write down facts about them.

In the event of a tie, use the bonus tasks to decide a winner.

List of Animals

Here’s the list of 25 animals for your kids to find. Beneath the list are the three bonus tasks and then a link for the free printable copy of the worksheet.

  1. Alligator
  2. Anteater
  3. Antelope
  4. Armadillo
  5. Cheetah
  6. Chimpanzee
  7. Elephant
  8. Giraffe
  9. Gorilla
  10. Hippopotamus
  11. Lemur
  12. Leopard
  13. Lion
  14. Meerkat
  15. Monkey
  16. Orangutan
  17. Porcupine
  18. Puma
  19. Rhinoceros
  20. Scorpion
  21. Snake
  22. Tarantula
  23. Tiger
  24. Tortoise
  25. Zebra

Bonus Tasks

  1. Animal pulling a funny face
  2. Animal with the best pose
  3. You posing like one of the animals

Printable Zoo Scavenger Hunt Worksheet

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