Animal Classification

by  Buffalo Zoo

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Do all birds have beaks? Do all mammals have fur? Scientists classify, or group, animals according to certain characteristics that they have in common. By looking at an animal’s body structure and body covering, students will investigate the characteristics and adaptations of the following animal classes: birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians!

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About This Program


Point to Point: $135.00

The Zoo will mail an invoice for the program fee.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

For optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 30 students.

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancelations must be received at least 48 hours in advance. The Buffalo Zoo will then make every reasonable attempt to reschedule your program. If the program cannot be rescheduled, the Buffalo Zoo will issue a refund. The refund will be assessed one administrative charge of $25. If a cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the scheduled program, the full program fee will still be charged.

If a school encounters technical problems on the scheduled date of a program, the Buffalo Zoo will wait approximately 15 minutes after the program start time to determine if the problem can be resolved. If not, the program will be canceled for that date. The school then has the option to reschedule the program. If the school chooses not to reschedule, or if the technical issues cannot be resolved for another program date, the full program fee will still be charged.

In the event of weather related zoo or school closings, the Buffalo Zoo will make every reasonable attempt to reschedule your program. If the program cannot be rescheduled, the Buffalo Zoo will issue a full refund.

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Buffalo Zoo

Buffalo, NY
United States

The Buffalo Zoological Gardens is the third oldest institution of its kind in the United States. The Zoo's mission is to provide the general public with an educationally, culturally and recreationally significant community resource. This is accomplished through the advancement and encouragement of the science of zoology, through the conservation of the world's wildlife and through the innovative exhibition of diverse species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Rebecca Balk

Program Details


1. Why do scientists classify animals?
2. Mammal classification
3. Bird classification
4. Reptile classification
5. Amphibian classification
6. Classification activity
7. Time is allowed for Q & A


Some of the program objectives include:

Students will be able to:
•Describe why scientists group animals according to certain similar characteristics.
•List 2 characteristics of birds.
•List 2 characteristics of mammals.
•List 2 characteristics of reptiles.
•List 2 characteristics of amphibians.
•Give one example of a bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian.
•Appreciate the diversity of the animal world.
•Understand that classification makes things easier to find, identify and study.
•Identify, sort and compare animals based on similar and/or different external features.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

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State Standards

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