Did you know that Ecuador has the most biodiversity per square kilometre of any nation!?
Ecuador is one of 17 countries in the world which are considered megadiverse. The term megadiverse refers to a group of countries that are home to the majority of the earth’s species and are considered extremely biodiverse. All of these megadiverse countries are located in (at least partially) tropical or subtropical regions. The countries that are considered megadiverse are: Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, USA and Venezuela!
Because of this amazing biodiverse environment, Ecuador is home to many weird and wonderful animals.
These include manatees, the Potoo, the Spectacled Bear, sloth, the Galapagos tortoise, Amazon river dolphins, Anaconda, and a diverse range of monkey species including the howler, spider, woolly, titi, capuchin, squirrel, tamarins and marmosets! Ecuador is also home to over 4,000 different species of butterfly!! The national animal is the Andean Condor.
You will need:
a piece of paper
pencils or pens for drawing
To play, take your coin and toss it. Work your way through the questions in your printable, tossing the coin each time, and drawing the appropriate answer. When you have finished drawing your animal, take the time to colour it in and name it. Maybe you can make up a story for your weird and wonderful animal!!