"Guinea Pig" Web Quest 
Created by:
Maggie Johnson, Santa Ana Unified School District
URL: http://www.can-do.com/uci/lessons98/Guinea-pig.html 
Students will utilize the Internet to discover the the natural habitats of guinea pigs 
as well as the care of  domestic guinea pigs.

Guinea pigs are both domestic animals as well as wild animals.  They have been given the name "pig" but are not in any way related to a pig.
(1)  History of Guinea Pigs
Click on the link below.
History and origins of guinea pigs
1.  Describe how guinea pigs came to be pets. 
2.  How are guinea pigs used in South America?
3.  What does it mean to be a "human Guinea Pig"?
4.  Describe the natural habitat of the guinea pig.
(2) Care and Feeding of Guinea Pigs
Click on the link below
Habitat and Niche 
1. Describe the diet of a guinea pig.  Be sure to include what it means to be herbivorous.
2.  Make a food web for the guinea pig.  Include what it eats and what eats it.
(3)  To Be Or Not To Be A Pet
Click on the link below
Guinea Pig Page
1. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of owning a guinea pig.
2. What would you need to purchase or borrow before you brought your "pig" home as
     your pet.
3. What are the differences between hamsters and guinea pigs? 
     Click on on the original  hamsterdance web site for musical inspiration while you search the
     Internet for the answer to this question. 
(4) Oh no!! Babies 
Click on the links below
Breeding your Cavy -Guinea Pig
Dr. Barb Deeb's Guide to Guinea Pig Care

Describe the gestation period and number of babies that is most common for guinea pigs.

(5) Experiment:  Determine input and output

Using a triple beam balance measure input (food given to the guinea pig) and output 
(wastes from the guinea pig) to determine how much of food is used as nutrients in the 
body of the guinea pig.

1.  Set up your experiment using the scientific method.
2.  Determine the amount of food actually used by the body.
3.  Be sure to include a data table.
Guinea Pig Fun
Try the Interactive Guinea Pig (Puzzles and Games)
Try a quiz, puzzle, or memory game
Rodent Roundup Puzzle Picture
A Few Internet Resources:
Awesome Science Library
Martindale's Reference Desk
Potter's Science Gems
Sheppard's Science Resources
Sheppard's Useful Links

Search Engines
Alta Vista Hotbot Search Engine Watch
All the Web Lycos Snap
Dogpile Northern Light Study Web
Excite Savvy Search Webcrawler
Google Search.com Yahoo  |  Yahooligans
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Created August 7, 1998  
Revised August 22, 2000