Zoo's Clues

The Detective Headquarters is open on Saturday, 10am - 2pm
weather dependent

You can print out your clue sheet or take one from the mailbox at Detective Headquarters at the zoo any time!

If you have questions or would like to submit your own mystery, e-mail us at


Super Sleuths Wanted
Greetings Detectives,

My name is Detective Clue Spotter the Otter, and I need YOUR help solving monthly mysteries! Study the evidence, engage in the suspense, observe the clues, and use your detective skills to unravel the mystery, all while learning about our natural world.

Are you ready to get started? Zoo’s Clues is a self-guided activity! All of the confidential materials you need are in the brown mailbox at our Detective Headquarters, located across from the elephant exhibit.

You can print out this month’s clue sheet (file on the right) from home if you want to get a head start!

At the end of the month we’ll post the case debrief below so you can learn even more information about the mysteries we’ve solved together.

Your pal,
Clue Spotter the Otter

Closed Cases

May Case Debrief
Case: In May we are celebrating Endangered Species Day on May 21st, so Clue Spotter the Otter is throwing a fundraiser. He will have 3 animals as guests of honor who happen to be endangered species themselves. Which 3 guests do you think Clue Spotter will choose? 

Status: Mystery Solved!
Answer: Chinchilla, Jamaican iguana, and hooded vulture

Clue #1:  The first clue was found in Scaly Slimy Spectacular’s Georgia eXtremes building. Our first guest of honor lives in Wieland Wildlife Home in KIDZone. Cusco loves to go out on education programs and show everyone his fluffy tail and let everyone see how active he can be. 

Clue #2: The next clue was in The Living Treehouse, where you found a footprint. Our next guest, named Marley, hails from the island of Jamaica. Marley loves her dry, tropical forest and limestone rocks. 

  • She is the largest native land animal in Jamaica and the most endangered reptile in the entire world. Her favorite foods include insects, fruit and vegetables like squash and oranges.  Marley’s family was thought to be extinct for over 50 years until the 1990s.
    Clue 3:    The final clue was at the Petting Zoo Barn. Our third and last guest is a well-known star of the World of Wild Theater. Baobab loves working with his trainers, especially because they have his favorite snack of worms.

Clue #3: The final clue was at the Petting Zoo Barn. Our third and last guest is a well-known star of the World of Wild Theater. Baobab loves working with his trainers, especially because they have his favorite snack of worms.

  • Baobab is a scavenger, but here at the Zoo, he gets to eat ribs. He is native to east Africa, south of the Sahara, in the countries of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Put it all together
Our first guest of honor, Cusco, is nocturnal, furry and an omnivore from the Andes Mountains in South America. Cusco is a chinchilla! The second guest, Marley, is a reptile, and eats insects, fruits and vegetables. Marley is a Jamaican iguana. Our last guest, Baobab, is a scavenger, native to eastern Africa and has great eyesight. Baobab is a hooded vulture!  

Click here to learn more about Endangered Species Day!

Great job, detectives!

Your pal,

Clue Spotter the Otter

Skills you need to be a good Zoo detective:

  • The ability to observe. You should really take a good look at the clues provided. Look at clues from several angles and make note of any details on or about the clue. What is the clue or where did it come from? How does is fit with your knowledge and with the other clues provided? Every part of the clue will help you get one step closer to cracking the case.
  • Good memory. You should try to remember all clues provided and details of each to piece together an answer. Cross check each clue and then think how that might fit with your knowledge of animals.
  • Awareness of animal behavior, physical characteristics, and abilities is important. In order to solve some of our mysteries, you are going to need to know a little bit about animals. What do animals look like and what are their characteristics? Where do they live, what do they eat, (and what does their poop look like!), what are some of their behaviors, and what might be an animal’s motive for committing the crime?
  • Detectives are helpful, too. Not only do Zoo detectives want to help Detective Otter figure out “whodunit” but they are generally helpful to their neighbors, friends and to nature.