Meet Miss Bindergarten’s Class!




Adam Krupp is an alligator. The name alligator is an English form of el lagarto, the Spanish word for “lizard”, which early Spanish explorers and settlers in Florida called the alligator.




Brenda Heath is a beaver. Beavers are large, nocturnal,  rodents.  Beavers are known for living in water and building dams, canals, and lodges (homes).


Christopher Beaker is a domestic cat. Cats are small, usually furry, carnivorous mammals.  Cats have strong, flexible bodies, quick reflexes, and sharp retractable claws. They can see in near darkness. Cats are social, and they communicate using  meowing, purring, hissing, and growling. 


Danny Hess is a dog. Dogs are members of the canine family, along with the wolf, coyote, and jackal. Dogs have lived and worked with humans in so many roles that they have earned the unique nickname, “man’s best friend.”  They have been bred for herding livestock, hunting, rodent control, guarding, helping fishermen with nets, detection dogs, and pulling loads, in addition to their roles as companions.


Emily Moko is an elephant. Elephants have  several distinctive features, including a long proboscis, or trunk that they use for many things, like picking up objects. The ear flaps are large and help to control the temperature of their massive bodies. Elephants can communicate by touch, sight, and sound.


Fran Lister is a frog. The name frog derives from Old English frogga, meaning “to jump.” Frogs are a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short-bodied, tailless amphibians. Franny’s little sister is a tadpole, and form of aquatic larvae,  with a tail and internal gills. 

Baby Gorilla Portrait

Gwen McGunny is a gorilla. Gorillas are ground-dwelling,  plant eating apes that live in the forests of central Africa. The closest relatives of gorillas are chimpanzees and humans. The young nest with their mothers, but construct their own nests after they are three years old.


Henry Fetter is a hippopotamus. After the elephant and rhinoceros, the hippopotamus is the third largest type of land mammal. The word “hippopotamus” is derived from the ancient Greek word hippos, “horse”, and potamos, “river”, meaning “horse of the river”. The hippopotamus is semi-aquatic, inhabiting rivers, lakes and mangrove swamps. Hippos are recognizable by their barrel-shaped torso, enormous mouth and teeth, nearly hairless body, stubby legs and tremendous size.


Ian Lowe is an iguana. Iguanas have excellent vision and can see shapes, shadows, colors and movement at long distances.


Jessie Sike is a jaguar. The jaguar is a compact and well-muscled animal. The jaguar is the third-largest feline after the tiger and the lion, and the largest in the Western Hemisphere.


Kiki Wong is a kangaroo. The kangaroo is a national symbol of Australia. A kangaroo is a marsupial and has large, powerful hind legs, large feet adapted for leaping, a long muscular tail for balance, and a small head. Like most marsupials, female kangaroos have a pouch in which joeys complete postnatal development.


Lenny Loome is a lion. Lions are unusually social compared to other cats. A pride of lions consists of related females and offspring and a small number of adult males.  Sleeping mainly during the day, lions are primarily nocturnal. 


Matty Lindo is a moose. The moose is the largest species in the deer family. Male moose have very  large, hand shaped antlers. A mature male moose is referred to as a bull, a mature female moose is a cow, and an immature moose of either sex is a calf.


Noah Bonn is a newt.  A newt is a member of the salamander family who lives mainly or partly in the water. Their bright colors warn predators that they can be poisonous to eat.

River Otter, San Francisco Zoo

Ophelia Nye is an otter. Otters are very active, chasing prey in the water or searching the beds of rivers, lakes or the seas. Most species live beside water, but river otters usually enter it only to hunt or travel, otherwise spending much of their time on land to avoid their fur becoming waterlogged. Otters are playful animals and appear to engage in various behaviors for sheer enjoyment.  


Patricia Packer is a pig. Pigs are omnivores and are highly social and intelligent animals. They have snouts that they use to dig into the soil to find food  Pigs were brought to southeastern North America from Europe by early Spanish explorers. 


Quentin Wend is a quokka. A quokka is a marsupial from Australia. He is a relative of the wallaby and the kangaroo.


Raffie Mack is a white rhinoceros. Rhinos are some of the largest living mammals. They eat plants. Their horns are made of keratin, the same material as our hair and fingernails.


Sara von Hoff is a squirrel. Squirrels live in almost every habitat from tropical rainforest to desert. They eat mostly plants. They are fast runners with soft bushy tails. 


Tommy Tuttle is a tiger. The tiger is the largest wild cat. They have orange fur with a pattern of black stripes. The Bengal tiger is the national animal of Bangladesh and India.


Ursula Crewe is a Uakari monkey. Uakaris live in the treetops in South America. They like to eat fruit and and really have this bright red hair and pinkish skin.


Vicky Densel is a vole.  A vole is a small rodent resembling a mouse but with a stouter body, a shorter hairy tail, a slightly rounder head, and smaller ears and eyes.


Wanda Chin is a wolf. The gray wolf  is a social animal, living in families or packs. Wolves are very smart and have good memories.


Xavier Roe is a xenosaurus. He is also from South America. He is a nocturnal lizard who eats insects and lives beneath the roots of trees.



Yolanda Pound is a yak. Yaks  have large lungs and hearts and adapt well to high altitudes.  They are highly friendly and very easily trained.


Zach Blair is a zebra. The zebra is a member of the horse family. They live in Africa. A zebra is a black animal with white stripes.

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