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Teaching Children How to Identify Wildlife Sounds

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Wildlife animals and sounds are all around us. If your children know the sounds that common wildlife make, they can easily identify an animal by its sound, without even seeing the critter. Here are some common wildlife animals and they sounds they can produce.

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Red Fox- The red fox is the largest species of fox. These animals are known for being adaptable as well as resourceful. Even though red foxes are common, they are extremely elusive. The red fox is a candid, which is related to wolves and dogs. Red foxes usually communicate with their tails and scent but they also give off a bark-like sound that is loud, high-pitched and resembles a scream. These sounds are normally heard during a conflict or in the midst of mating season.

Bear- Mother bears often use grunting and tongue clicking when they are concerned for their cubs and all bears use these same two sounds when going near other bears either to play or to mate. Bear cubs will make a sound when they are extremely comfortable or when they are nursing. This sound often sounds like a pulsing humming motor. Adult also make this sound but it is done so in a much deeper voice. Black bears will often blow hard and clack their teeth when they are scared.

Coyote- A howling coyote is probably the most distinctive sound to recognize. These animals are extremely vocal and communicate but using an array of auditory sounds. For instance, coyotes use barks that are both long and short as well as chanting, yelping, crying, whooping, laughing and more than seven variation of howls.

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Deer- Deer have an array of grunts that they use to signify an array of things. For instance, a tending grunt is a set of short grunts that are used by bucks when they are chasing a doe that is ready for breeding. Their social grunt is often used in a doe of groups that have become separated. It is used to help all of the group stay in contact when they are not visible to each other. Human can hear the social grunt as far away as 100 meters. The maternal grunt is only heard by humans at a short distance and is identified as low, quick and done in short intervals. The mother deer will often use this sound when she is approaching the area of her fawn.

10 Comments
  1. valmg @ Mom Knows It All says

    These would be great for kids growing up near certain geographic areas to learn. We’re in a suburb, we do see some deer on roads near the woods.

  2. Heather Johnson says

    This is a great activity for kids! My toddler is working on his basic farm animal sounds right now. My preschooler is interested in what other wild animals say.

  3. Julie @ Running in a Skirt says

    I got to help care for a red fox at the Knoxville zoo- they are such cute and cool animals. It’s really wonderful to teach our children about them.

  4. MyTeenGuide says

    This is a fun way to teach kids about the wildlife sounds. We just finished the farm animal sounds, so this is next.

  5. becka says

    Great advice. My kids often like to pretend to be animals. Although if they don’t know what sound they make, they make on up. It’s good to know what animals might be around because if it’s a bear, seeing it may be to late to get away from it.

  6. Jeanine says

    How fun. I think this could come in handy this year while I homeschool my 9 year old. We are learning about animals right now and hibernation and in which areas etc. This is great.

  7. Ickle Pickle says

    We don’t have an of these animals in the UK, how great to learn how they sound! Kaz

  8. Michele says

    This is really interesting and something that I did not know. Thank you I love learning new things.

  9. CourtneyLynne says

    Omg this is great!!! My fighter is just getting to the age where she needs to learn this kid of stuff 🙂

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