Mystery of the Missing Tiger

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The city is in mourning over the disappearance of the zoo’s prized white Bengal tiger! 15 characters (can be added to or pared down).

When a prized white Bengal tiger goes missing, the list of suspects include: an animal trainer, a business tycoon, a selfie-taker, a wealthy donor, and more!

This interactive mystery includes: instructions on how to play; extension activities; a setup story; clues; list of characters and detailed character descriptions; character worksheets and a detective checklist! Below is the setup story and an example of a character description.

The Story…

At the local Metropolitan Zoo, owned by a local business tycoon, there’s one animal beloved most of all: a rare white Bengal Tiger! Crowds gather every day to see the majestic old animal strut its stuff around its lavish exhibit, paying large sums of money to spectate. But this morning, zookeepers awoke bright and early to find that the tiger was nowhere to be found! The city is in mourning because of the loss of the beloved animal, and thousands of dollars in donations are pouring into the Zoo to show support. Can you find out who let the beast loose and why? It’s up to you now! Good luck.

Character Description Example

Animal Trainer– The Animal Trainer works with all animals in the zoo, from penguins to rhinoceroses to monkeys, teaching them little tricks and keeping them on their best behavior. Recently he has been concerned about the Tiger, who has been sluggish and lethargic, and worries that there may be something wrong with it. When the Animal Trainer mentioned this to the Business Tycoon, the Tycoon told him to not mention it ever again, and assured him that doctors and scientists would examine the Tiger closely and determine what was wrong. The Animal Trainer assumes this is because the Tiger is the most popular animal at the zoo, and that it would be bad for business if the public knew it was sick or dying.

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