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Chosen animal: Hyena (Carnivore)
Scientific name: Corcuta corcuta (spotted hyena)
Habitat: Grasslands, woodlands, savannas, subdeserts, forest edges and mountains
Facts: Link
- Originated from Asia

Types of hyenas:

Spotted hyena
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Spotted hyena range
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Striped hyena
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Striped hyena range
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Brown hyena
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Brown hyena range
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Objectives checklist
Make a checklist for the objectives
Choose an animals with enough information
Explore wiki space
Write burning questions
Make a glossary
Describe the roll of decomposer
Examples of decomposers with pictures
List animals and organisms that live in your animal's habitat.
Describe what is habitat and your animal's habitat.
Food web
Describe conditions of your environment (non-living)

Describe what is habitat and your animal's habitat

Watch video in G6 science wiki- home
Basic definition of ecosystem
Describe difference between environment and habitat.
Describe the ecosystem of your animal. Include an appropriate and labelled picture of the ecosystem
Describe the features of your animal that allow it to adapt well to it's environment and explain how these features help it to survive

Make a mind map about what features of your animal help to adapt well to it's enrionment.

Describe your animal as either diurnal or nocturnal animals

Describe the feature that allow your animal to adapt as diurnal or nocturnal animal.

Burning questions
- Does hyenas ever hunt themselves?
- How does Hyenas adapt to their environment?
- Does hyenas have enemies that hyenas have to hide from?
- How are hyenas special?

Objective 3

What is a food chain?
A food chain is when small animals or plants get eaten by bigger predators or animals.

Description of food web
A food web is lots of food chains linked together.
The three main elements of a food web are...
- Decomposers ( Fungi, bacteria...etc the cause of moldy food)
- Consumers ( Animals, humans,.....etc cant get energy by itself so have to eat other organisms like producers or other consumers)
- Producers (plants,trees, grass,...etc things that can grow and get energy by itself)

My Hyena food web
This is not the best picture I could have taken when i have finished my poster, but I was in a pretty big hurry so i couldn't take a good pictures of my poster. My poster as you can see is based on my main animal the Hyena. My poster was not neat compared to other posters but I think the information was accurate. I do not think I could have done it neater though because

Description of Decompose-rs:
Decompose-rs are animals that eat garbage or dead animals but also eats plants too. While the decompose-rs eat them they brake them into small bits and pieces. Many decompose-rs are microscopic so you can not see the decompose-rs with your naked eye. Some examples of decompose-rs would be bacteria, earthworm, and fungi.


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List of decompose-rs:
  1. Earth worms
  2. Fungi
  3. Dung Bacteria
  4. Beetles
  5. Termites
  6. Centipedes

List of animals and organisms in Hyena's habitat.
- Lions (Secondary consumers)(Carnivore)
- Gazelles (Herbivores)
- Zebras (Herbivores)
- Cheetah (Carnivore) (Secondary consumer)
- Elephants (Herbivores)
- Giraffe (Herbivores)
- Eagle (Carnivores)

What are habitats
A habitat is a natural home or a place to live for an animal, human, plant...etc. A part of a habitat is an ecosystem.


Ecosystem notes
- There are many types of ecosystems
- Ecosystem is a huge title to research

Definition of ecosystem
An ecosystem is a system of animals in a certain habitat. In example in a Hyena's habitat there areanimals like Gazelles, Zebras and also Lions, and Cheetahs. In an ecosystem there are also non living things like soil, water, air...etc.

Difference between environment and habitat
A habitat is a certain animal's house or place to live in with all the environments needed for the animal. But a habitat only works with living things but the environment includes non-living things as well like rocks, soil, water...etc.

Habitat of my animal
My animal lives in...
- African savanna
- Grasslands
- Woodlands
- Mountains
- Forest edges
- Subdeserts

But Hyenas mostly live in the African savanna now because many hyena species that used to live in the past is extinct now.

List of extinct Hyenas (pic)
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This picture shows how much types of hyenas got extinct until 2006.

Objective 4a

What is environment?
An environment is the surroundings or conditions a human, animal, or plant live, adapt, or operate in. It also means the physical surroundings that affects the animal, plant, human...etc's way of living.

Facts about hyena's environment.
The hyenas mostly live in the African savanna so I will explain about the African savanna. There are a lot of animals living in the African savanna, one of the places with the most animals living in the nature. There are many plants and animals that makes the food chain of the African savanna. The African savanna has many tall grass and trees.

Simple video of the African savanna

Photo of African savanna

The current places where hyenas live in the world

Non-living conditions of my animal's environment.
A hyena lives in the African savanna. The African savanna has animals like Lions, Cheetahs, Zebras...etc. Some conditions of my animal's habitat are...

Non- Living conditions
Tall grass
- To hide until other organisms finish eating an animal
- To hide from pr-editors

Spotted hyena in it's environment
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Objective 4b

A general description of ecosystem.
An ecosystem is a complex set of relationships among the living resources, habitats, and residents of an area. This includes plants,trees, animals,fish...etc. It also means many different organisms living in the same place like the Hyena lives close to the Africa Lions, Giraffes,...etc.

Difference between environment and habitat.
The difference between an environment and habitat is actually pretty simple. A habitat is not only a place a certain animal live in but it also means a place a certain animal hunt, reproduce, and move around. Though environment in the other hand includes all living and non-living conditions for the animals habitat. The living things include plants, and micro-organisms. Some non-living factors would be small amount of rain, rocks, soil...etc.

Description of Hyena's ecosystem
The hyena's ecosystem is not that complicated. Hyenas live in packs, mostly in packs of 12 or more. The reason hyenas travel in packs are so they would not easily get attacked by lions one of their only enemies to watch out for. The hyenas hide a lot, not to hide from enemies, but to hide until animals like lions or cheetahs are finished eating their pray and the hyenas could eat the leftovers. Hyenas do sometimes hunt themselves but usually leave it to the others. Hyenas also sometimes hunt and eat lions too if they are alone and if the hyenas are in packs.

Hyena hiding

Hyena eating leftover

Hyena hunting and eating lion

Objective 5

Features of hyena that allow it to adapt well to it's environment
How this can help adapt to it's environment
The color of hyena's fur
Helps hyenas hide in the tall grass which is a similar color as the hyena's fur.
Strong jaws
To crush bones and even tusk and horns
Strong legs
To catch their prays
Short, blunt, not retractable claws
Also to catch and eat prays
Large ears
To hear the high peach screams to other hyenas are calling
Very high pitch screams
High pitched screams to call other hyenas
Long toungue
To lick off tree barck

Hyena's strong jaws
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Hyena's toungue
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Mind map of hyenas adaptations

Objective 6

Definition for diurnal and nocturnal animals.
Nocturnal animals are most active at night and often find food during the night hours.
Diurnal animals are most active during the day and look for food during these hours.

Describe your animal as either diurnal or nocturnal animals
Hyenas are nocturnal animals. The hyenas are most active at day because it is the time when most animals in the African savanna hunts. The hyenas hide for a while and then snatch the food the other animals where eating. Because of this the Hyenas are more active in the days too. Sometimes Hyenas hunt themselves too but they also do that in the day time, not the night.

Hyenas hunting zebra in day time
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The feature that allow your animal to adapt as diurnal or nocturnal animal


The surroundings or conditions a human or animal live or work on.
A natural home for animals, plants, or other organisms.
A complex relationship between animals, plants, humans...etc of an area.
A way of getting use to an environment.
Animals that eat garbage or dead animals but they also eat plants too.
Diurnal animal
Animals that are most active and finds food during the night
Nocturnal animals
Animals that are most active and finds food during the day.


Extinct hyenas
Hyena specialist group. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2012.
Basic Hyena factsOut to Africa. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 May 2012. <http://www.outtoafrica.nl/
UBC Botanial Garden and Centre for Plant Research. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2012.
Fact Monster. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2012. <http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/
African savanna video
"African Savanna." You Tube. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2012.
Hyena eating lion
"Hyena kill and eat lion for lunch." You Tube//. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2012.
Environment and habitat

Yahoo Answers. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2012. <http://in.answers.yahoo.com/
How hyena adapt to it's environment
Cha Cha . N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2012. <http://www.chacha.com/question/