Feet, Paws, and Claws

by  North Carolina Zoo

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The different feet, paws, and claws of different animals serve a purpose, but why do they all look so different? Discover the differences between our toes.

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About This Program


By Request: $75.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Sciences, STEM

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Booking Information

There is a minimum of four weeks notice for any program and full payment is due at least two weeks prior to the scheduled program date. For further information or to schedule a program for your school, contact the North Carolina Zoo's School Programs Office via 336.879.7718 or email schoolprograms@nczoo.org

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North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC
United States

Our commitment to wildlife conservation translates into a desire for educating our community on different species you can find at the Zoo. We offer different educational programs for schools, groups, and families. Our programs are available for preschool all the way up to adults. Anyone who wants to learn about animals and their habitats is welcome at the Zoo.

Elizabeth Vickery

Program Details


1. Introduction to Feet, Paws, and Claws with some call and response
2. Examine zebra hoof
3. Exaime harbor seal flipper
4. Examine owl foot
5. More biofacts as time allows
6. Wrap up, ask about what are some other feet examples different than ours
7. Time for questions at the end


1. Why do some feet work best for swimming while some work best for digging?
2. Why do bears have claws?
3. Students will be able to identify the different types of feet and how they benefit the organism
4. Students will be able to determine if an animal is best for water or land based on their feet
5. Students will be able to make observations about various animal feet and create hypotheses based on these observations

Standards Alignment

State Standards

North Carolina Standard Course of Study: