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Blank Sheets for Recording Animal Facts

Blank Sheets For Recording Animal Facts

Hundreds of facts pop up when you are studying for Habits and Habitats. You want an efficient way of keeping control of these facts and not having to look them up again and again. I would suggest that you make yourself a table or chart so that as you read you are recording facts in a way that is a. easy to find again and b. makes it easy to see the comparison between different animals.

Here is a rough example, semi-filled in by hand, as you would do while studying. (N.B. The information about each animal goes over 2 lines.)

Below is an example of a more formal, typed chart making comparisons between medium sized and small antelopes.

 WATERBUCKBUSHBUCKIMPALAREEDBUCK
SHOULDER HEIGHT130CM70-8090CM80-90 CM
FEMALE HORNS?NO HORNSNO HORNSNO HORNSNO HORNS
LATIN NAMEKobus ellipsiprymnusTragelaphus scriptusAepeceros melampusRedunca arundinum
SHONA NAMEDhumukwaDzomaMharaBimha
HABITATWoodland, reeds, long grass, near permanent water,Riverine woodland with waterSavanah woodland, some cover but also short grassTall grass, reeds
Diurnal/ Nocturnal Diurnal Diurnal Diurnal Diurnal
SOLITARY/ GREGARIOUSGroups of 5 -10Solitary & small family groupsGregariousPairs or families
TERRITORIALTerritorial, aggressive maleNon-territorial, over-lapping home rangesMales exceedingly territorial during rut 
DIETGrazersMainly browseBrowse & graze – latter in early rainy season, former as grass dies offGrazers, a little browsing
LIFE SPAN  F 12-14 yrsM – 10 yrs 
1ST BREEDM 5-6 yrsFMF – 18 mthsM – 4 yearsFM
MATING SEASONWinter peak End of wet season/early winterJune
GESTATION PERIOD8-9 months6 months6 ½  – 7 months7 – 7 ½ months
BIRTH SEASONSummer peakAny timeEarly rains – baby hides few days (with other calves) then joins mother during daySummer/rains
NUMBER OF OFFSPRING1 – twins not uncommion111
INTERVAL IN BREEDING  Year 

N.B. A great deal of the value of this sort of chart comes from FILLING IT IN YOURSELF – the act of finding and summarizing the material helps you to get it into your brain. It is not nearly so helpful to get hold of someone else’s charts!

Below you will find a blank chart for you to copy many times and fill in as you are studying – but it is likely that you realise that you can make a better chart of your own that divides the information up in a way that makes the most sense to you.

Remember also that you will want slightly different charts for different animals. For example, with antelope you want to remember if the females have horns or not – but that does not apply to crocodiles or lions.

COMMON NAMELATIN NAMEINDIGENOUS NAMEHABITATSOLITARY/ GREGARIOUSTERRITORIALDIETLIFE SPAN
              
MONOG/ POLYG1ST BREED (year)MATING SEASONGESTATION PERIODPEAK BIRTHING SEASONNUMBER OF OFFSPRINGINTERVAL IN BREEDINGOTHER INFO?
M/F
          
COMMON NAMELATIN NAMEINDIGENOUS NAMEHABITATSOLITARY/ GREGARIOUSTERRITORIALDIETLIFE SPAN
              
MONOG/ POLYG1ST BREED (year)MATING SEASONGESTATION PERIODPEAK BIRTHING SEASONNUMBER OF OFFSPRINGINTERVAL IN BREEDINGOTHER INFO?
M/F
          
COMMON NAMELATIN NAMEINDIGENOUS NAMEHABITATSOLITARY/ GREGARIOUSTERRITORIALDIETLIFE SPAN
              
MONOG/ POLYG1ST BREED (year)MATING SEASONGESTATION PERIODPEAK BIRTHING SEASONNUMBER OF OFFSPRINGINTERVAL IN BREEDINGOTHER INFO?

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https://wholeeartheducation.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Blank-recording-sheets.zip

Paddy Pacey

Teacher, Lecturer, Author, Facilitator, Safari Guide

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