The countdown to the holiday season is well and truly underway, and what better way to celebrate all things festive than with ARKive’s wonderfully wintry wildlife quiz!
Challenge your friends and family to see who is top of the pecking order and who will be left out in the cold with our seasonal selection of animal quiz questions. Who knows, you could even use it to settle those annual squabbles about who should have the last mince pie!
1. These polar animals all live in a wintery wonderland, but which one here is the odd one out?
2. Seasonal decorations during the festive season are a great way to brighten up the long winter nights, but which of these beautiful birds is also partial to adding a touch of sparkle to its home?
3. Which of these suitably festive-looking mammals hold the record for having the fastest-growing mammalian tissue known to science?
…Bonus point: What does the tissue form?
4. Can you match these species to their snowy tracks?
5. They may all share festive names, but these animals also all live or breed on which isolated island in the Indian Ocean?
6. In Ukraine, which of these unlikely ornaments are thought to bring good luck if they are found adorning the tree on Christmas morning?
7. As part of the seasonal celebrations, children in Puerto Rico leave grass under their beds on the night before January 6th for which unusual animal?
8. In many Scandinavian countries, which animal is built in the centre of town during the festive season?
So, did your animal instincts earn you a place at the front of the pack, or did our festive nature quiz leave you scratching your head like this rather puzzled-looking American black bear?
Find out below!
2. Vogelkop bowerbird – While all of the other species may have dazzling names, the Vogelkop bowerbird is renowned for the beautiful shelters, or bowers, that the male builds to attract a mate.
3. Reindeer (Bonus point – the antlers) – Reindeer antlers the fastest growing tissue in any mammal. They grow at an astonishing rate, between 1-2 cm or more a day.
4. Clockwise from top left – Emperor penguin, Crabeater seal, Polar bear, Grey wolf
5. Christmas Island – Christmas Island is a territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean. It is home to many unique species, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth.
6. A spider’s web – If a spider’s web is found on Christmas morning it is believed to bring good luck for the coming year.
7. Camel – On the evening of January the 5th, Puerto Rican children collect grass and place it in a shoebox under their beds for the Three Kings’ camels.
8. A goat – A large decorative goat made out of straw is built in the centre of many Scandinavian towns at Christmas, as part of one of Scandavia’s oldest festive traditons.
Helen Roddis, ARKive Education Officer