Parks Canada Journey through Manitoba:

Wild Animals from the Prairies to the Tundra

Introduction:

Welcome to Parks Canada’s Journey through Manitoba!

Public Outreach and Education offers programming in the Assiniboine Park Zoo every summer. Come say hello, we’d love to see you!

Test your knowledge about Zoo animals who live wild in Riding Mountain and Wapusk National Parks - while you’re at the Zoo or from your home.

At the end, find out which Manitoba animal you are!

Ground squirrel
Photo: Wayne Lynch
Wolverine
Photo: Y. Jyske
Moose
Photo: James McCormick
Beluga whale
Photo: N. Boisvert

Questions in italics are fun to talk about, but do not count for points.

 

Land Acknowledgement:

We would like to begin by acknowledging that the Zoo is on Treaty 1 territory and that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Riding Mountain National Park is located within Treaty 2 Territory and Parks Canada works with First Nations from Treaties 2, 4 and 1. We mention this to honor our relations and the contributions made to establish the park, the province, and Canada.

Wapusk National Park is located on lands traditionally used by Cree, Dene, Inuit, and Metis peoples. Wapusk National Park is located within Treaty No. 5 territory. We mention this to respect the contributions that were made by our Indigenous partners towards building this park, Manitoba and Canada. We dedicate ourselves to moving forward in a spirit of collaboration and reconciliation.



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Wolves:

 
1 ) Why do I howl in the wild?


2 ) Which of the Seven Sacred Teachings of the Anishinabe People do I represent?


3 ) Why do Parks Canada scientists take remote camera photos of wolves?


For more information about remote cameras, visit this webpage: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/nature/science/controle-monitoring/cameras



Red Fox:

Photo: Jacques Pleau
 
4 ) What do you call a baby fox?


5 ) What do you call a female fox?


6 ) What do you call a male fox?



Bald Eagle:

Photo: Wayne Lynch
 

Have you seen me soaring in the sky?


7 ) Which of the Seven Sacred Teachings of the Anishinabe People do I represent?


8 ) I used to be endangered in the United States. How did that change?



Cougar:

Photo: Wayne Lynch
 

9 ) How do I hunt?


10 ) Why am I hard to spot in the wild?



Lynx:

Photo: Hans Reisenleiter
 
11 ) Am I smaller or bigger than a house cat?


12 ) Which National Park(s) in Manitoba do I live in?


13 ) What is my favorite prey?


What do you like to eat?



Elk:

Photo: Ryan Bray
 
14 ) What does it mean when I bugle?


15 ) What’s another name I have? (hint - people think it comes from a Cree word)



Snowy Owl:

 

An owl can turn its head 270 degrees. How far can you turn your head?


16 ) What is the Cree word for owl?


17 ) Why are there feathers on my legs and toes?



Arctic Fox:

Photo: Wayne Lynch
 
18 ) How do I use my tail?


19 ) What are current threats to my survival?



Caribou or Eurasian Tundra Reindeer:

Photo: Thierry Boyer
 
20 ) What is my name in Dene?


21 ) How do my friends and I protect ourselves from bugs?



Polar Bears:

Photo: Wayne Lynch
 

Have you been to Northern Manitoba, where polar bears live?


22 ) Which National Park has the most polar bear dens in the world?


23 ) What is my name in Inuktut?


24 ) What are some ways we know climate change is happening? (from the Journey to Churchill video)


Seals:

 

25 ) Who eats me?


26 ) What does the zoo add to the water to protect my eyes?



Monarch butterflies:

Photo: J.R. Graham
 
27 ) What is the only plant monarch caterpillars eat?


Can you find a leaf that might have been eaten by a monarch caterpillar?



Photo: Shaun Cassan
 
28 ) How can we help monarch butterflies?



Bison:

Photo: Scott Munn
 

You can visit about 40 of us at Lake Audy, in Riding Mountain National Park.


29 ) Roughly how many bison used to roam the prairies?


30 ) Why are grasslands disappearing?


31 ) Which of the Seven Sacred Teachings of the Anishinabe People do I represent?



Quiz results:

Your journey is complete!


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Thanks for learning about the zoo animals that live wild in Manitoba’s National Parks! Thanks for supporting protected spaces so they can continue to live in the wild!

 

Don’t forget to check out our websites to discover more about animals in Manitoba’s National Parks and for fun activities you can do at home:

You can also record your own nature observations — big and small!

Use the iNaturalist.ca mobile app to capture your observations of plants or animals — anytime, anywhere. It’s nature at your fingertips! Work with experts, other park visitors or on your own. Every observation contributes to our knowledge of biodiversity.

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/nature/science/impliquez-involved/science

Wapusk National Park:

https://www.inaturalist.ca/guides/3365

Riding Mountain National Park:

https://www.inaturalist.org/places/riding-mountain-national-park-manitoba-ca

iNaturalist is available in many languages through a tab at the bottom right of the webpage.