All animals need a habitat to live in. A habitat is any place where an animal lives and can meet its basic needs. An animal’s basic needs include: food, water, shelter, and space. For the purposes of this activity we will focus on food, water and shelter, but keep in mind that space is also an important component of an animal’s habitat. If an animal does not have access to food, water and shelter all together in a suitable arrangement, it cannot make that space its habitat.