By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
Welcome to the Nile River in Egypt! As you slosh during the river financial institution and puddle-jump the marshy components, you could listen birds calling, frogs peeping and little scurrying sounds from the underbrush. The Nile River is stuffed with lifestyles, from Egyptian vultures snatching ostrich eggs to golden jackals gnawing on a lifeless rabbit. Day and evening within the Nile River delta, the quest is directly to locate foodstuff - and to prevent turning into somebody else's subsequent meal. the entire dwelling issues are attached to each other in a nutrition chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and bug to animal. What course will you are taking to keep on with the foodstuff chain in the course of the river delta? Will you . . . Swoop during the air with an Egyptian slit-faced bat searching bugs? Stalk for frog dinner via thick reeds with a swamp cat? Scavenge for street kill with a striped hyena? keep on with all 3 chains and plenty of extra in this who-eats-what experience!
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She opens her wide mouth, sucks the eggs in, and swims off. No, she hasn’t eaten them. She’s protecting them. She will keep the eggs safe in her mouth until they hatch. Meanwhile, the male will prepare his nest for another female to use. A couple of weeks later, a hundred tiny baby fish, called fry, swim out of the female’s mouth. They hover around their mother like a cloud. Right from the start, they begin munching on itty-bitty pieces of plants and dead material in the water. The fry can find their own food, but that doesn’t mean they are all alone.
Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books, 2001. This Passport to History book takes readers back for a glimpse of daily life in ancient Egypt. Kreb, Laurie. We’re Sailing Down the Nile: A Journey through Egypt. Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books, 2007. Follow a riverboat as it sails down the Nile. Markle, Sandra. Crocodiles. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 2004. This book is part of the Animal Predators series. Other books in the series include Hyenas and Vultures. Reynolds, Jeff. Egypt: A to Z. Danbury, CT: Children’s Press, 2005.
He’s the smallest tortoise in the world—about the size of the palm of your hand. His light tan color blends in with the sand around him, but it doesn’t hide him completely. Someone is watching him. From the telephone pole above, a brown-necked raven swoops down and scoops up the tortoise for dinner. Unfortunately, that tortoise was the last one on the banks of the river. This is a DEAD END. More and more often, Egyptian tortoises can’t find a place to live. Human activity, such as farming and building, has destroyed the tortoises’ habitat.