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Requirements Last Revised: Pre 1982 Mammal Study - Page 1 of 1
Merit Badge Requirements
1) Explain the meaning of "animal," "invertebrate," "vertebrate," and "mammal." Name three characteristics that distinguish
mammals form all other animals.
2) Explain how the animal kingdom is classified. Explain where mammals fit in the classification of animals. Classify three
mammals from phylum through species.
3) Do ONE of the following:
A) Spend 3 hours in each of two different kinds of natural habitats or at different elevation. List the different mammal
species and individual members that you identified by sight or sign. Tell why all mammals do not live in the same kind of
B) Spend 3 hours on each of 5 days on at least a 25-acre area. List the mammal species you identified by sight or sign.
C) From study and reading, write a simple history of one non-game mammal that lives in your area. Tell how this mammal
lived before its habitat was affected in any way by man. Tell how it reproduces, what it eats, what eats it, and its natural
habitat. Describe its dependency upon plants, upon other animals (including man), and how they depend upon it. Tell how it
is helpful or harmful to man.
4) Do ONE of the following:
A) Under the guidance of a nature center or natural history museum, make two study skins of rats or mice. Tell the uses of
study skins and mounted specimens respectively.
B) Take good pictures of two kinds of mammals in the wild. Record light conditions, film used, exposure, and other factors,
including notes on the activities of the pictured animals.
C) Write a life history of a native game mammal that lives in your area, covering the points outlined in requirement 3C. List
sources for this inform