Smithsonian Predator Vs Prey

Let the hunt begin!

Get ready to navigate the competing forces that shadow and shape much of the animal world: the need to pass on genes by attracting mates while avoiding detection by eavesdropping predators.

Interact with the content


Grab a friend and see who can survive!

In this two-player game about predator/prey interactions, you’ll share a screen and keyboard to compete against one another. One player will control a hungry fringe-lipped bat on the hunt for its next meal. The other will play a stealthy túngara frog in search of a mate. Which one has what it takes to survive?

Don’t forget to fill out your data chart to see how your statistics compare to life in the wild!

Approx. 30 minutes to complete. Closed captioned, works across modern desktop browsers, and requires no software downloads.

Meet the Scientists


Meet a Smithsonian scientist!

This experience is based on the predator/prey interaction research of Dr. Rachel Page of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Center in the jungles of Panama. Watch and learn more about Dr. Page’s work, where she investigates the mechanisms that enable predators to find their prey, and those that help their prey avoid them.

Closed captioning available.

A classroom activity


Level up your conservation knowledge!

In this elementary school classroom activity you'll learn all about the predator/prey interactions between the fringe-lipped bat and túngara frog, play a game simulating that dynamic, record data to track how well you played, and meet the Smithsonian experts in the field that are giving us an unprecedented view into predators’ sensory worlds and the effects on these behaviors of their prey.

Aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (3-LS4-2, 4-LS1-1, and 4-LS1-2).

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