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Characteristics of Life

There are many ways in which organisms (living things) can be classified.

This process involves grouping organisms together based on shared characteristics. All living things share the ability to move, breathe, eat, grow, and reproduce. However, some characteristics that might set them apart include type of habitat, food source, how they move, etc. By sorting through similarities and differences of organisms, we gain a better understanding of them and their needs, and are therefore able to better work toward protecting a preserving all living things!

Included are activities for students from K-12 to introduce content areas, observation-based exercises that can be used while here at the Zoo, and activities to expand student thinking!

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