Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish use their sense of taste as a primary means to detecting food. Taste buds are found over the entire external surface of the fish, as well as inside the mouth, pharynx and gill arches.

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Zoo Crafts

Here at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, we love crafts -- especially ones that are animal-themed.  We'll be adding more crafts in the future, so check back soon!

Milk Carton Penguin

Materials: 
Empty, clean ½-pint milk cartons with tops cut off
White acrylic paint 
Paintbrushes
Pink and black construction paper 
Glue
Scissors
Crayons 

  1. Cut the top off a ½-pint milk carton. Using acrylic paint (tempera will not stick to the waxy carton and will flake off), paint the carton white
  2. While the paint is drying, cut out the body, flippers, beak and feet.  Trace them onto black construction paper.  Ask an adult to help, if needed.  
  3. For the beak, draw a diamond shape on the pink construction paper and cut it out. Fold the diamond in half and draw small dots for the nose and a tongue inside the fold. Glue the folded part to the penguin’s face. 
  4. Draw eyes on the penguin’s head or use googly eyes. 
  5. Look at a picture of a Humboldt penguin and draw the body markings with a white crayon.
  6. When the carton is dry, glue on the penguin’s parts.
  7. Fill your penguin’s ‘belly’ with whatever you like! We like to use Swedish fish!