World Wildlife Day Word Search – Free Printable

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Celebrate World Wildlife Day with a word search of animals from across the globe.

Wild animals in front of a watercolor image of Earth. The animals are elephant, lion, iguana, peacock, ibis, polar bear and zebra. Text overlay says March 3 World Wildlife Day

While your kids (or students) look for each animal name, you can tell them fun facts about each one:


  • A mongoose can run up to 20 miles per hour.
  • Ancient Egyptians considered the mongoose a sacred animal.
  • Many species of mongoose are becoming extinct due to habitat loss.
  • There are over 30 species of mongoose in the world.

Learn more about the mongoose here.


  • Elephants are the worlds largest animal.
  • There are three species of elephant: African Savanna (Bush), African Forest and Asian.
  • An elephants trunk has around 150,000 muscle units.
  • 90% of the African Elephant population is gone. The Asian Elephant population is also under threat.

Learn more about elephants here.


  • Wolf partners usually late for life
  • Wolf pups are born blind and deaf
  • Wolves are important in keeping the ecosystem balanced
  • Wolves can move as fast as 36 to 38 miles per hour over when capturing prey

Learn more about wolves here.


  • The Australian white ibis is nicknamed “tip turkey” and “bin chicken” thanks to its increasing presence in the urban environment and its habit of rummaging in garbage
  • Water pollution, with pesticides, unregulated hunting, and habitat destruction are the major threats for ibises.
  • There are 28 species of ibis in the world
  • The ibis is an omnivore

Learn more about the ibis here.


  • There are 35 known species of iguanas.
  • Iguanas have 80-120 teeth at any given time.
  • Iguanas are one of the most endangered animals in the world due to habitat loss and predators.
  • The green iguana is capable of surviving a 40 ft fall!

Learn more about iguanas here.


  • Chicks have all of their feathers when they hatch and are capable of flight roughly one week after that!
  • The male is a peacock and the female is a peahen, both are peafowl.
  • The green peacock is classified as an endangered species. The Congo peafowl is listed as vulnerable. Over hunting and destruction of habitat have contributed to their declining numbers.
  • There are three species of peacock, which are part of the pheasant family.

Learn more about the peafowl here.


  • Two subspecies of lions are African and Asiatic.
  • A lion’s mane gets darker as it grows older.
  • Lions will hunt during storms so their prey cannot hear them.
  • There are fewer lions in the wild than elephants.

Learn more about lions here.


    • Water buffalo are indigenous to South Asia and Cape buffalo are found in Africa.
    • Buffalo are often confused with bison, which are found in North America and parts of Europe.
    • The record horn length of a water Buffalo is just under 6.6 feet!

    Learn more about the buffalo here.


    • There are three species of zebra: the Grévy’s zebra, the plains zebra, and the mountain zebra
    • The largest threats to zebras are human activities, such as hunting and habitat loss.
    • Zebras can communicate with each other through ear positions and facial expressions.
    • A male zebra is called a stallion.

    Learn more about the zebra here.

    Polar Bear

    • Polar bears are marine mammals.
    • The skin of a polar bear is black.
    • Polar bears evolved from brown bears as recently as 150,000 years ago.
    • A polar bear can swim up to 6mph.

    Learn more about polar bears here.


    • Scientists believe scientists sharks first appeared in the ocean around 455 million years ago.
    • Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the ocean.
    • Sharks can sense electromagnetic fields and temperature shifts in the ocean.
    • Shark skin feels like sandpaper.

    Learn more about sharks here.


    • There are 13 species of otter.
    • Otters are found on every continent except Antarctica and Australia.
    • A male sea otter can weigh up to 90 lbs.
    • California sea otters were hunted to near extinction a century ago because of their fur.

    Learn more about otters here.

    Which wildlife animal fact surprised you the most? Which animal is your favorite?

    A thing about my printables:

    This word search fits an 8.5×11 piece of paper. The file contains the word search and its key. If you’d like to use this for yourself, feel free to download it and print a few out. But please….

    • This printable is for PERSONAL USE ONLY
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