When one thinks of France, its easy to get caught up in the beautiful architecture, but there is fun animals that live their too! While some of the animals are indigenous to Europe in general, a few are well known to French natives.
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Gallic Rooster (Gallus gallus domesticus), is an unofficial national symbol of France as a nation and its values. It is one of the most common and widespread domestic animals, with a total population of more than 19 billion as of 2011. There are more chickens in the world than any other bird or domesticated fowl. Humans keep chickens primarily as a source of food (consuming both their meat and eggs) and, less commonly, as pets. Miniature: I used the miniature by Safari Ltd in their “Farm” TOOB. You can buy the one I used here on Amazon.
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos arctos) The Eurasian brown bear has brown fur, which ranges from yellow-brownish to dark brown, red-brown, and almost black in some cases. An adult male weighs on average between 550 and 660 pounds and are over eight feet long. They have a lifespan of “approximately 20 to 30 years in the wild. Miniature: I used a miniature by Safari Ltd in their “Wild” TOOB. You can buy the one I used here on Amazon.
Wolf (Canis lupus lupus) – a subspecies of grey wolf native to Europe. The howl of the Eurasian wolf is much more protracted and melodious. Adult males average around 80 pounds and live largely on livestock and garbage in urban areas, and in the wild hunt moose, deer and wild boar. Miniature: I used the miniature found the “Artic” TOOB by Safari, Ltd. You can buy the one I used here on Amazon.
Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex) – is a species of wild goat that lives in the European Alps. Males have larger, curved horns, with a typically brownish grey coat. Alpine ibex tend to live in steep, rough terrain near the snow line. They are also social, although adult males and females segregate for most of the year, coming together only to mate. Miniature: I used a miniature from “North America” TOOB by Safari, Ltd. You can buy the one I used here on Amazon.
French Bulldog (Canis lupus familiaris), is a breed of domestic dog. In the 1800s, they were the result of a cross between Toy Bulldogs imported from England and local ratters in Paris, France. Miniature: I used the miniature found the “Dogs” TOOB by Safari, Ltd. You can buy the one I used here on Amazon.
Marmot (Marmota marmota) Marmots are large rodents with characteristically short but robust legs, enlarged claws well adapted to digging, stout bodies and large heads and incisors to quickly process a variety of vegetation. Miniature: I used a miniature by Papo. You can buy the one I used here on Amazon.
I laminated my cards so they would stand up to little fingers.
We talked about each animal, and basic species it was (bird, mammal, reptile, insect, etc). We talked about if it was large or small. My oldest then matched up the animals with the miniatures.
After this we worked on matching the word cards to the animal pictures (I read the word cards to her, since she can’t read yet). What fun to learn about animals that live in other countries! 🙂