• Audience
    Secondary school, Tertiary
  • Learning stage
    Stage 6
  • Learning area
    Science, Mathematics
  • Type
    Self-led, Teaching resources

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This activity gives you the job of identifying a mystery animal in the Australian Museum collection, based on evidence collected from around the Wild Planet exhibition. In the exhibition you will learn why preserving biodiversity is important and explore The Tree of Life to narrow down what type of animal it is and find its closest relatives.


  • Pen or pencil
  • Clipboard or something to help you write down your observations
  • Collecting evidence worksheet
  • Collective evidence worksheet answers – only check the worksheet answers when you are finished!


Download and print the Collecting evidence worksheet. When you arrive at the Museum, head to Wild Planet and get started near The Tree of Life interactive.


  • Short-beaked Echidna
  • Opossum
  • Platypus
  • Sloth
  • Leopard
  • Chameleon
  • Baboon
  • Southern Brown Kiwi