Make a Tracking Tunnel
What is a tracking tunnel?
Tracking tunnels are used by scientists to find out which kinds of creatures are in gardens, nature reserves or national parks. You get a rat or other animal to walk across an ink pad to eat some food. It will then leave its inky footprints on the tunnel floor.
You will need:
A piece of thin, white card or cardboard for the tunnel.
A rectangular plastic lid and 1 tissue for the ink pad.
Some food colouring mixed with water for the ink.
A dollop of peanut butter.
Who made the tracks?
If lots of animals come to visit, their tracks might be a real mess! Using a magnifying glass might help you to decipher them.
For a full guide to what creatures are leaving their footprints in your tracking tunnel, check out this PDF guide by the Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust.