|Teaching conservation in developing nations |
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|Appendix F: Live animals|
A large glass jar will make a fine home for an ant colony. You should choose only ants which are not dangerous, and which live in the soil. To make an ant colony, you will need a queen, workers, and some eggs. To find them, dig into a small ant nest. The queen is larger and shinier than the others.
1. Fill a jar with soil from the area of the ant nest.
2. Put in the queen, workers and eggs.
3. Place a wet sponge on the top of the soil to provide moisture, Wet it whenever it dries out.
4. Cover the top of the jar tightly with fine mesh wire so no ants can escape.
5. Wrap the jar with black paper. This way the ants will make their tunnels against the sides of the jar. Remove the paper only to observe the ants.
6. Feed the ants bits of earthworm, flies, live aphids, scraps of rice, leaves, a drop of honey, until you know what food they prefer.