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Zoo Clue

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Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

A digital breakout game

For ages 6+

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TIPS

WELCOME

MISSION

Zoo Clue

START

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

A digital breakout game

For ages 6+

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TIPS

WELCOME

MISSION

Zoo Clue

Welcome! Get ready to be a zoo detective!

Kids: Ask an adult to help you read the story and answer your questions.

Adults: Help kids when needed, but try to let them solve the puzzles on their own! Let them show off how smart they are!

Note: This breakout game is entirely digital. None of the puzzles or props presented here are offered in-person at the park.

TIPS

START

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

A digital breakout game

For ages 6+

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WELCOME

MISSION

Zoo Clue

Your mission is to visit each of the five locations on the map.

At each stop you will find a puzzle. When you solve the puzzle, you will be awarded a clue.

Gather all of the clues to discover the identity of the mystery animal!

Press START to go to the map.

Zoo Clue

START

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

A digital breakout game

For ages 6+

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WELCOME

MISSION

TIPS

Zoo Clue

Zoo Clue

Tip 1: Write down the clues so you don't forget!
You must remember the clues to learn what the mystery animal is.

Tip 2: Click on the pen icon in the upper right corner to draw on the screen.
Click it again to turn off the pen!

Where do you want to go?

After you find all of the clues, click on the magnifying glass!

Oops!

Try Again!

(Go Back)

Visitor Center

Where is the puzzle?
Search the area! Click on the circles.

(To Map)

Gift Shop

Touch Table

Front Desk

Kiosk

Vending Machines

Rotunda

Gems & Minerals

Chihuahuan Desert Map

Visitor Center

There is nothing behind, under, or around the map.

You need to look somewhere else.

(Go Back)

Visitor Center

There are a lot of fun things in the gift shop, but there are no clues.

You need to look somewhere else.

(Go Back)

Visitor Center

The rotunda is empty right now.

You need to look somewhere else.

(Go Back)

Visitor Center

There are a lot of sparkly rocks but no clues.

You need to look somewhere else.

(Go Back)

Visitor Center

This is a good place to buy a snack, but it's not a good place to find a clue.

You need to look somewhere else.

(Go Back)

Visitor Center

The kiosk drawers are empty.

You need to look somewhere else.

(Go Back)

Visitor Center

The Ranger says the clue isn't at the front desk.

You need to look somewhere else.

(Go Back)

Visitor Center

You found the clue!

There is a calendar sitting on the touch table.

Click the next button.

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The mystery animal looks great with
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On the back of the calendar is a coded message.

Click the next button.

Visitor Center

Which letters are in the coded message?
Click on the correct letters on the calendar. After you select all seven letters, click the next button.

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Each day on the calendar has a number. Click the days with numbers that match the message.


Example: The first number in the message is 1. Click on November 1st. The first letter in the message is "A".

Visitor Center

What word is in the coded message?
Click on the answer!

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Planters

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Lanterns

Visitor Center

You write the letters under the message. The hidden word was "ANTLERS"!
Click the next button.

The mystery animal looks great with
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Wolf

In front of the wolf exhibit are two posters.

One poster is a message.
The other poster is a drawing of a wolf.

Click the next button to see the posters.

(Go Back)

(Next Page)

(To Map)

Wolves almost went extinct like dinosaurs. There were almost no wild wolves left in America. Scientists had to put wolves back (or reintroduce them) into the wild.

Our mystery animal almost disappeared from New Mexico. How many of the mystery animal were reintroduced here in 1911?

Let's find out!

Wolf

Click the next button.

How many triangles are in this picture?

How many triangles are in this picture?

How many triangles can you find in this picture?

Click on the right answer!

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Some triangles overlap.


Two triangles might make a third small triangle!


Or one big triangle might have smaller ones inside of it. So, one triangle could be two or three colors!


Count every triangle you see!

How many triangles are in this picture?

Correct! There are 12 triangles in the picture.


So 12 of the mystery animal were reintroduced to New Mexico in 1911.

Click the next button.

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Mule Deer

You walk up to the mule deer's home. In front of you is a table with puzzle pieces and a note.

Click the next button to see the note.

(Go Back)

(To Map)

(Next Page)

Mule Deer

Click the next button to see the puzzle.

The mystery animal is not a mule deer, but it is related to them.

Put the puzzle together to find out the first letter of their name!

(Go Back)

(To Map)

(Next Page)

Drag the pieces to solve the puzzle and reveal the hidden letter.
Place the pieces in the pink grid!
Click the next button when you finish.

Mule Deer

All of the puzzle pieces move. They cannot be turned.


Start with the edges and corner pieces. They have flat sides.


Next, try to fill in the middle pieces. Look at the colors on the parts that stick out. Match them to the color of the piece they attach to.

What letter did you find in the puzzle?

Click on the right answer!

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That's right! There was an E in the puzzle!
So the name of the mystery animal begins with the letter E.
Click the next button.

Mule Deer

When you arrive at the pronghorn's home, you see a maze drawn on the ground.

There is also a poster with a message.

Click the next button to see the poster.

Pronghorn

(Go Back)

(Next Page)

(To Map)

Some animals like to live alone. Pronghorn like to live in groups called herds.

Does the mystery animal live alone or in a herd? Solve the maze to find out!

When you arrive at the pronghorn's home, you see a maze drawn on the ground. There is also a poster with a message.
Click the next button to see the maze.

Pronghorn

(Go Back)

(Next Page)

(To Map)

Pronghorn

Help the mystery animal find its way through the maze.
Does it exit into a herd or alone?
Use the pen tool in the upper right corner to draw your path.
Click the next button when you're done.

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If you need help with the maze, try going backwards!


Start at "HERD" or "ALONE" and see if you can get back to "START". If you can, you found your answer! If you can't, the other way must be right!

Visitor Center

Where did you exit the maze?
Click on the answer!

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Success! The maze ends at "HERD".
The mystery animal lives in a herd too!
Click the next button.

Mountain Lion

(Go Back)

(Next Page)

(To Map)

When you get to the mountain lion exhibit, you find paper and a bunch of markers.

You pick up the paper and see a connect-the-dots puzzle and a note.

Click the next button to read the note.

Mountain Lion

When you get to the mountain lion exhibit, you find paper and a bunch of markers.
You pick up the paper and see a connect-the-dots puzzle and a note.
Click the next button to see the puzzle.

Mountain lions are usually quiet, but sometimes they scream, chirp, whistle, or purr.

The mystery animal makes a sound that's hard to forget. The sound shares a name with an instrument.

What is it called?

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Connect the dots!
What instrument do you see?

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Connect the dots!
What instrument do you see?

Use the pen tool in the upper right corner to connect the dots.
When you finish, click the next button.

There are 57 dots.


The first dot is on the left.


Take your time! Some dots are very close together.

Mountain Lion

Bugle in C by Thomas Key is licensed under CC0 1.0
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bugle_in_C_MET_DP-12679-123.jpg
https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en

Soprano trombone in B♭ by Jonathan Harker is licensed under CC0 1.0
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jean_Baptiste_soprano_trombone.png
https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en

Oboe by Henri Brod is licensed under CC0 1.0
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oboe_MET_DP218080.jpg
https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en


Soprano Recorder by Evertype is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Soprano-recorder.jpg
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en


Oboe

Trombone

Bugle

Recorder

Click on the instrument in the connect-the-dots picture.

Mountain Lion

Bugle in C by Thomas Key is licensed under CC0 1.0
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bugle_in_C_MET_DP-12679-123.jpg
https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en

Bugle

Yes! The mystery animal makes a noise called a bugle.
Click the next button.

What is the mystery animal?

Answer the questions to learn the name of the mystery animal!

What does the mystery animal look great with?

Horns

Antlers

What is the mystery animal?

How many of the mystery animal were reintroduced in New Mexico in 1911?

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Answer the questions to learn the name of the mystery animal!

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What is the mystery animal?

What letter does the mystery animal's name start with?

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A

Answer the questions to learn the name of the mystery animal!

What is the mystery animal?

Does the mystery animal live alone or in a herd?

Herd

Alone

Answer the questions to learn the name of the mystery animal!

What is the mystery animal?

What instrument has the same name as the mystery animal's call?

Answer the questions to learn the name of the mystery animal!

Bugle

Recorder

The mystery animal is...

Elk!

Elk are large animals related to deer.


Boys grow new antlers every year. They start growing in spring and fall off in winter.

The antlers can grow up to one inch longer each day!

Male (boy)

Female (girl)

Rm elk male female by Jim Richmond is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rm-elk-male-female.jpg
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en


Congrats

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

You discovered the identity of the mystery animal!


Come visit Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park to see our elk!

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