to Six Species of Predatory Cats
At the Tiger Homes Sanctuary, Owner & President, David
Hartsock accompanied by Jason Abels, Vice President introduce
students to six species of predatory cats
. These wildlife experts
take us on a journey of epic proportions to meet the "Power
". We meet the resident Lions, Tigers with an introduction
to the five remaining subspecies alive today (three species
are now extinct), Caracals, Cougars (Florida Panther), Lynx,
Cheetah and the extremely rare King Cheetah. The animals featured
live in captivity at the Sanctuary and neighboring facilities.
We see them in naturalistic habitat settings interacting with
our hosts. We learn about their anatomy, their territory ranges,
population and some of the characteristics that define these
amazing "Power Cats
". Students are made aware that
most of the "Power Cats
" featured in the film are
critically endangered. An introduction is made to the various
organizations, legislation and worldwide efforts in place to
save them from extinction. The team also introduces viewers
to the Tiger Homes website www.tigerhomes.org
, our interactive
educational website, where they can log on and observe these "Power
Cats" (and other species) in their sanctuary habitats.
“Power Cats: Locked and Loaded” introduces
students to the "Power Cats" and their place in
the Animal Kingdom. Through the eyes and narration of the
at Tiger Homes Sanctuary and the neighboring facilities,
where the featured endangered species reside, students learn
about the characteristics that define these magnificent animals.
Many of these "Power Cats" are among the most awesome
of predatory animals on earth today. A basic introduction
is made defining the species, population, range of existence,
extreme dangers and threat of extinction these animals face
today. Students will also learn about the characteristics
that separate one cat species from another and a little bit
about their lives in the wild and in captivity. The film
gives explanation of the tremendous importance of global
conservation and the ultimate goal of protection of habitat
for preservation and survival of these species.
From the film and related activities students should have
an initial understanding of the following concepts:
- Basic definition of predatory cats
Introductory understanding of the ordering of the animal
Learned the basic history of the predatory cat species and
subspecies presented in the film.
In-depth understanding of the cats
Some threats to these cats in the wild
How different cat species are similar to each other
How cat species differ from each other
What animal anatomy can tell an observer about species’ habits and
How interactive and informational internet resources can add to a student’s
understanding of science, particularly wildlife and these "Power
Practical application of some internet skills as they relate to animal behavior
Imaginative responses to zoological ideas
This Curriculum is designed to give teachers some very basic
background information about predatory cats and their place
in the animal kingdom. This information will provide the
educational tools to better help them to teach about these
predatory cats, and to pursue further explorations in zoology,
wildlife and conservation. A set of activities in the form
of longer projects and shorter work sheets and quizzes
have been provided to enhance students understanding not
only of felines but other zoological concepts and methods
as well. Teachers are encouraged to modify any of these
activities to best serve the learning needs of their students.
TigerHomes.Org's "PowerCat" curriculum provides
teachers an excellent resource tool and may be used for additional class projects or extra
credit assignments with several e-research links provided,
after viewing the film.
Elements of this program (field guide entries, quizzes,
and worksheets) have been formatted to allow teachers to
photocopy them easily for class distribution, either by animal
sections or in its entirety. For example,
the Animal Picture Word Puzzle is appropriate for students
ranging from Kindergarten to elementary grade levels. Each
project length and activity can be used and modified for
a broad range of ages and learning abilities.
Each of the four quizzes vary in degree of difficulty, i.e.
#1 is the easiest and is designed for grades 3-5, with #4
respectively appropriate for students up to the high school
level. Answer keys are provided.