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A black panther has been seen near the town of Flotsam. You are a reporter working
for a TV station. You have to go Flotsam and video the black panther.

Before you begin, try to get a photo of the panther. See how many times you can
photograph it before the time runs out.
Score:  0
Time left:   60
Time's up! You took 0 photographs.

Select Next to start work.
We need footage of the
black panther for the
show.
Go to Flotsam and talk to the
people who live there, look in the
library, and check the Internet
and local magazines for
information on the panther.

Find out where, when and how
you're most likely to see the black
panther.

When you find it, film it!

You'll have to work out who and
what to believe - there will be lots of
information and people with different
opinions. They won't all be right!
Here's what you need to do:
  • Go to Flotsam.
  • Talk to the people and gather evidence.
  • Analyse the evidence.
  • Find and film the black panther.
Here are some tips.
It's time for you to go.
Come back with footage
of the panther!

Good luck!
Excellent work! This footage of the
black panther is going to thrill
viewers of the show tonight.

Thanks for all your hard work!
It looks like you know how to find
reliable sources!

So remember, when you need
reliable information, always do the
SAFE test.
SAFE test.

Explore the town to find out about the
panther.

Select the buildings to talk to people and
gather information.

Panther
spotters' club

Newspaper
office

Flotsam library

Local store
and post office

Panther spotters' club
Select a source.
Panther spotters' club member

Hi, I'm Joe. I'm new to this panther stuff, but I really enjoy being in the Panther spotters' club. And I'm making lots of friends - it's not so lonely around here anymore.

I've heard about sightings at Wombat Flats. They say the panther appears at dawn. I'd love to see it one day soon.

Field report

Field report

Date:

April 2006

Subject:

Black panther: Flotsam

Field officer:

Yin Xinbao, Special Investigaor of Phenomenal Fauna

Client:

Panther spotters' club, Flotsam

Action:

Male black panther sighted at north-eastern edge of Mirrabooka Creek, Caba-Caba National Park. Access on foot only. Evidence of deer kill nearby. Obsevations near Wombat Flats unsuccessful.

Newspaper office
Select a source.
Newspaper report

APRIL 2006

FLOTSAM DAILY MAIL

Latest panther sighting

by Eva Watson

The black panther is living in a hard-to-reach area of dense bush, 5 km north-east of Mirrabooka Creek, according to Dr Sanjeed Pathan, leading panther expert.

It took the research team two days travelling on foot to reach the site. Dr Pathan photographed a fresh paw print, which Flotsam University zoologist, Dr Marian Wilkins, has declared to be a genuine panther print.

Magazine article

Pity the panther!

by Jimmy Katz

A defenceless black panther is hiding out somewhere near Flotsam. While local are making a fortune out of the tourists, the poor creature is holed up deep in the woods.

It sneaks out briefly at night to drink from a nearby creek.

Flotsam library
Select a source.
Website

Flotsam panther site

Site map

Information

- Habitat - Food - Conservetion

Activities

- Online games - Field trips

About ASPPEW

Welcome!

This site is dedicated to investigating the black panther's Flotsam habitat.

Ask the experts! Dr Yin and Dr Pathan have been studying the evidence at their research centre.

Join Dr Yin's evening field trips to Mirrabooka Creek.

The Flotsam panther site is a project of the Australasian Society for the Preservation and Protection of Exotic Wildlife. Visit us at www.asppew.net.au

Dr Yin Xinbao
yinx@asppew.net.au

Dr Sanjeed Pathan
sanj@asppew.net.au

Encyclopedia

Panther, black

This member of the cat family is actually a leopard or jaguar with dark grey or black colouration.

It has along tail and an average shoulder height of 75 cm. It lives in valleys in hard-to-reach places. It sleeps during the day, coming out in the evening for food and water.

Local store and post office
Select a source.
Police officer

Once, up near Mirrabooka Creek, I saw big paw prints. Another officer has reported seeing red, glaring eyes just after sunset. But who knows?

The shop owners love the idea of a black panther because it brings in tourists. I liked things better before. Now it's all thrill-seekers and traffic jams here in Flotsam.

Panther watch advertisement

PANTHER

WATCH

Something to tell your friends back home!

Evening sightings: Monday to Friday
(no guarantee)

Assembly point: Wombat Flats car park

$20 per head: includes sausage sizzle

Book at the local store.

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

April 2006

Black panther: Flotsam

Yin Xinbao, Special Investigator of Phenomenal Fauna

Panther spotters' club, Flotsam

Male black panther sighted at north-eastern edge of Mirrabooka Creek, Caba-Caba National Park. Access on foot only. Evidence of deer kill nearby. Observstions near Wombat Flats unsuccessful.

Hi, I'm Joe. I'm new to this panther stuff, but I really enjoy being in the Panther spotters' club. And I'm making lots of friends - it's not so lonely around here anymore.

I've heard about sightings at Wombat Flats. They say the panther appears at dawn. I'd love to see it one day soon.

APRIL 2006

FLOTSAM DAILY MAIL

Latest panther sighting

by Eva Watson

The black panther is living in a hard-to-reach area of dense bush, 5 km north-east of Mirrabooka Creek, according to Dr Sanjeed Pathan, leading panther expert.

It took the research team two days travelling on foot to reach the site. Dr Pathan photographed a fresh paw print, which Flotsam University zoologist, Dr Marian Wilkins, has declared to be a genuine panther print.

Pity the panther!

by Jimmy Katz

A defenceless black panther is hiding out somewhere near Flotsam. While locals   are making a fortune out of the tourists, the poor creature is holed up deep in the woods.

It sneaks out briefly at night to drink from a nearby creek.

Welcome!

This site is dedicated to investigating the black panther's Flotsam habitat.

Ask the experts! Dr Yin and
Dr Pathan have been studying the evidence at their research centre.

Join Dr Yin's evening field trips to Mirrabooka Creek.

The Flotsam panther site is a project of the Australasian Society for the Preservation and Protection of Exotic Wildlife. Visit us at www.asppew.net.au

Panther, black

This member of the cat family is actually a leopard or jaguar with dark grey or black colouration.

It has a long tail and an average shoulder height of 75 cm. It lives in valleys in hard-to-reach places. It sleeps during the day, coming out in the evening for food and water.

Once, up near Mirrabooka Creek, I saw big paw prints. Another officer has reported seeing red, glaring eyes just after sunset. But who knows?

The shop owners love the idea of a black panther because it brings in tourists. I liked things better before. Now it's all thrill-seekers and traffic jams here in Flotsam.

Something to tell your friends back home!

Evening sightings: Monday to Friday
(no guarantee)

Assembly point: Wombat Flats car park

$20 per head: includes sausage sizzle

Book at the local store.

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

Now check the evidence.

Apply the SAFE test!

Do the SAFE test

Source: Does this information come from a reliable source?

Attitude: Does this evidence express a strong attitude?

Facts or assertions: Does this evidence provide facts?

Emotions: Does this evidence express any strong feelings?

Are you going to use this evidence to help you find the black panther?

reliable evidence logo

Time to find the black panther!

This table shows all the reliable information you've collected. Use it to find out:

  • Where the black panther is.
  • When the best time to look for it is.
  • How you should get to the spot.

Select Find the panther when you are ready.

Reliable source Where? When? How?
Encyclopedia No information Evening No information
Website Mirrabooka Creek Evening No information
Newspaper report Mirrabooka Creek No information On foot
Police officer Mirrabooka Creek Just after sunset No information
Field report Mirrabooka Creek No information On foot
My choice:
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