Wild Animals Lesson for Kids: Facts & Types

Wild Animals Lesson for Kids: Facts & Types
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  • 0:03 Wild Animals Definition
  • 1:15 Carnivores
  • 1:47 Herbivores
  • 2:28 Omnivores
  • 3:08 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Mark Boster
People are always telling you wild animals are dangerous. Could your dog or cat be a wild animal? We are going to find what it means to be a wild animal. We will look at three different types of wild animals.

Wild Animals Definition

Simone was in her backyard playing when she saw a raccoon. He looked friendly and hungry, so Simone went inside to get him a piece of bologna. Her mother said:

''Stay away from the raccoon. You know it's wild, don't you?''

''It doesn't look wild. It's living in the backyard,'' she said.

''Well,'' said her mother, ''living in the backyard is still living in the wild, so it's a wild animal.''

There are two things that make an animal a wild animal: it lives in nature, and it is not tame. Let's learn more about these points.

  1. It lives in nature: An animal is considered wild if it lives in the wilderness. Look, 'wilderness' has the word 'wild' in it. Both your backyard and the jungle are considered to be in nature. Wild animals live in a habitat, which is their natural home, like a rainforest, a mountain, a pine tree forest, or a beach.
  2. It is not tame. That means it does not usually interact with people and it depends on itself to get food to survive and a home to live in.

A jaguar lives in a jungle habitat in nature and does not spend time with people, so it is a wild animal. Your dog or cat lives in your house and is tame, so it is not a wild animal.


Carnivores are animals that eat mostly meat. They usually have fangs and strong jaws used to hold their victims and rear teeth for chewing and tearing meat. Birds that are carnivores, like eagles, have sharp beaks to pick off the flesh of animals.

Examples of carnivorous wild animals include lions, tigers, snakes, and sharks. They also include alligators and crocodiles. All these animals mostly eat other animals. Stay away from them. They are not tame and they could still kill you and eat you if they wanted to.

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