# It’s a Zoo Out There

Here's your nightly math! Just 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can jump in. Your kids will love you for it.

# It’s a Zoo Out There

July 19, 2012

July may be National Ice Cream Month, but this week is National Zoo Keeper Week.  What a great job: you get to hang out at the zoo every day, pet all those furry animals, and feed them without even having to stand in line.  Of course, the job also has its dangers, like possibly losing your hand when you try to feed the sharks.  If you imagine a typical day for a zookeeper, you see that the excitement could add up fast.

Wee ones: If the zoo has 9 monkeys, but when you show up at the monkey house you see only 6 in there, how many monkeys are on the loose?

Little kids: If the zoo has 4 lions, 6 tigers and 5 panthers, how many big cats live at the zoo? Bonus: If the big cats draw a crowd of 400 people each day, but the penguins are twice as popular, how many spectators do the penguins get?

Big kids: If the alligator can run 21 miles an hour, but the panther can run 52 miles an hour, how much faster can the panther run?  Bonus: If the panther has 49 teeth but the alligator has 77 teeth, now who’s scarier – and by how many teeth?