College Park Students Learn about Peter the Anteater What is a Mascot? • What is the College Park mascot symbol? This is the UCI symbol: “Peter the Anteater” What does Peter the Anteater Mascot do? Peter the Anteater goes to the UCI games. Peter cheers for the UCI teams and greets the fans. Peter is friendly and happy. With Peter’s help, UCI is often the “Winner”! Men’s Volleyball team won the NCAA National Championships Women’s Golf team went to the National Championships And you are a winner too! UCI Cool Notes The Giant Anteater is the inspiration for Peter’s shape. Giant Anteater Peter the Anteater in a at UCI Grassland The Symbol of Peter is based the Giant Anteater Order: Edentata (without teeth) Two-foot long tongue Eats ants & termites, 30,000 per day! 4-6’ long 65-140 pounds www.maiaw.com More about the Giant Anteater Habitat: Grasslands from Southern Mexico to N. Argentina Habits: Solitary and slow Behavior: Digs for food, and defends himself with his long claws. Family: Young live with the mother for about Photos: Peter Price one year. http://www.naturetrek.co.uk/newsletter/images/GiantAnteaterPeterPrice.jpg Can you see the baby anteater riding on his mother’s back? Peter the Anteater knows his Geography Can you see where the Giant Anteaters live on this map of the Americas? Map of the Americas theanteater.blogspot.com You can see the Giant Anteater at the Santa Ana Zoo: “Tierra de las Pampas” (grasslands) Map of the Santa Ana Zoo Giant Anteater Sculpture at UCI This is the anteater sculpture at UCI 1987, 350 pounds bronze, artist Bill Fitzgerald “Peter’s Pals”: UCI Students Here you can see how much UCI students love their mascot. Now you are a “Peter Pal” too! UCI Admissions What did we learn today? I am Peter the Anteater’s Pal and my name is: ___________________________________ We visited UCI in 2010 and I Learned about Peter the Anteater. He is the UCI mascot, and now I want to be one of “Peter‟s Pals”. Peter „s shape is inspired by the Giant Anteater. These anteaters typically live in _________________________ ____________________________. And now you can see one right here in Orange County in the Santa Ana Zoo. Today I learned that the Giant Anteater weighs about __________________pounds, eats as many as 30,000 ______________and ___________ per day and has a tongue that is this many inches long ____________________. Peter the Anteater, the UCI mascot, is really a student that wears a costume that consists of ______________________and a ________________________. Peter the Anteater’s main job is to go to all of the UCI __________________. His job is to help the ___________________ win. Some day I would like to come back to UCI as a college student and then I would be Peter the Anteater’s Pal every day! Zot! Zot! Zot! Drawing & Coloring Peter the Anteater Lets brainstorm what you have learned about the Giant Anteater Then it is your turn to draw with the “artist ant” and then color Peter the Anteater any way you choose to.