Animal Project Ideas

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Animal Project Ideas

Animal projects and studies are important to understanding various biological processes in animals and even humans. Scientists study animals in order to learn ways to improve animal health for farm production, wildlife preservation, and human companionship. They also study animals to discover new methods to improve human health.

Animal studies give us a better understanding of disease development and prevention, as well as standards for normal and abnormal behavior.

The following animal project ideas introduce areas of animal studies that can be explored through experimentation. Since some science fairs may prohibit projects that involve animals, be sure you get permission from your instructor before beginning any animal based science project.

Amphibian and Fish Project Ideas

  • Does temperature affect tadpole growth?
  • Do water pH levels affect tadpole growth?
  • Does water temperature affect amphibian respiration?
  • Does magnetism affect limb regeneration in newts?
  • Does water temperature affect fish color?
  • Does the size of a population of fish affect growth?
  • Does music affect fish activity?
  • Does the amount of light affect fish activity?

Bird Project Ideas

  • Which types of plants attract hummingbirds?
  • What factors increase egg-laying in birds?
  • Do different bird species prefer a particular color of bird seed?
  • Do certain bird species prefer to eat in a group or alone?
  • Do certain bird species prefer one type of habitat over another?

    Insect Project Ideas

    • How does temperature affect the growth of butterflies? (Butterfly Growth Project - Sample)
    • How does light affect ants?
    • Do different colors attract or repel insects?
    • How does pollution affect insects?
    • How do insects adapt to pesticides?
    • Do magnetic fields affect insects?
    • Does soil acidity affect insects?
    • Does color affect insect eating habits?
    • Does light or heat attract insects to lamps at night?
    • Do insects behave differently in a larger population as opposed to a smaller population?
    • What factors cause crickets to chirp more often?
    • What substances do mosquitoes find attractive or repellent?

    Mammal Project Ideas

    • Does light variation alter animal sleep habits?
    • Do cats or dogs have better night vision?
    • Does music affect an animal's mood?
    • Do bird sounds affect cat behavior?
    • Which animal sense has the greatest effect on short term memory?
    • Does animal saliva have antimicrobial properties?
    • Does colored water affect animal drinking habits?

    Animal Information

    For additional information about animals, see:

    • Common Animal Questions and Answers
      Why do zebras have stripes? Why do some tigers have white coats? Find answers to these and other commonly asked questions about animals.
    • The World's Fastest Animals
      What are the fastest animals on the planet? These swift animals reach amazing speeds on land, in the air, and in the ocean.

    Science Experiments and Models

    Performing science experiments and constructing models are fun and exciting ways to learn about science. Try making a model of the lungs or a DNA model using candy. You can also discover how to extract DNA from a banana or get ideas on how to use plants in experiments.