Learn how zoos use genetics tools to save endangered species!  You will play the role of “Population Manager” for a small population of endangered tigers.  Using the genetic information you are provided, you must determine which breeding recommendations to make while you try to control inbreeding and prevent the loss of genetic diversity.  Can you make the best matches to help tigers survive?

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Teachers’ Resources for Zoo Matchmaker Game

Disease Resistance Procedure
Disease Resistance Worksheet
Maintain Genetic Diversity Procedure
Genetic Diversity Data
Extension 1 NYTimes
Extension 2 Mendelian Genetics
Extension 3 Tiger Touch
Minnesota State Life Science standards addressed by Zoo Matchmaker