The Detective Headquarters is open on Saturday, 10am - 2pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Super Sleuths Wanted
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? Our Detective Headquarters is open and staffed by our highly trained secret agents from 10am – 2pm on Saturdays. Want to help me crack the case but can’t make it on a Saturday? No problem, during the week, 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.
Clue Spotter the Otter
- Clue #1: You found the first clue in The Living Treehouse. It told you that here at Zoo Atlanta, there are specialized primate, carnivore, bird, and reptile keepers, and there were several pieces of evidence here including a fox skull, ostrich feathers, and a snake shed. You also learned some distinguishing characteristics of each of these orders of animals.
- Clue #2: The second clue was hidden in the Panda Veranda. You learned that one of the animals that keeper Erin works with are the Malayan sun bears. All bears (including the giant panda) are classified as carnivores, and the evidence presented here was a bear skull.
- Clue #3: The last clue was near the African lion viewing window. The clue box contained several photos of claws from carnivorous animals. Carnivores use their sharp claws for hunting, climbing, digging for food, or defending themselves!
Great job Detectives! This case is officially closed. See you next month.
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.