Guided sessions for classes 7–8

Behaviour

Observing the social behaviour of baboons

We begin the approx. 2.5-hour tour by clearing up the fundamental questions as an introduction: What is behavioural research, what is the purpose of it and how do you carry it out? The pupils use the independent study phase to research the social behaviour of animals by filling out special observation sheets when we visit the baboon rocks. We jointly evaluate all results in the Zoo School and discuss the group structure of the baboon. (This guided session is also suitable for project days)

Subject area:

  • Animal behaviour

Learning in the Zoo

Even the Zoo residents go to school almost daily and learn new things. Which animals learn what, in what way and what's the purpose? When answering these questions, we speak about the different learning methods appropriate to the species, which can be implemented in the process of animal management for the benefit of the animals and why this is important. In doing so, the pupils get to know methods such as conditioning, imprint, instinct, etc.

Subject areas:

  • Animal behaviour

Sensory capabilities and sensory perceptions

Communication in the animal kingdom

Animals can't speak, but they can still communicate. This guided session explains what communication is, which forms it takes and which species prefer which channels. Here we consider the advantages and disadvantages of individual communication channels and also pay attention to the content. We also illustrate the significance of the highly sophisticated sensory organs in part and their biological benefits.

Subject area:

  • Animal behaviour

The extraordinary capabilities of animals

Whether 'eyes like an eagle' or 'sniffer nose of a dog', some animals are known for their extremely good sensory perceptions and being true specialists in the animal kingdom. The focus of this guided session is observing the exceptional sensory capabilities of animals. We therefore deal with the following issues, among others: Which animal species and groups are capable of record-breaking achievements and how do they manage that exactly? We additionally look at the physiological records, such as the heart volume of a giraffe.

Subject area:

  • Body – health – development
  • Examination and description of the perception capabilities of the sensory organs
  • Sensory capabilities

Hunter and hunted – hunting and survival strategies in the animal kingdom

Whether 'eyes like an eagle' or 'sniffer nose of a dog', some animals are known for their extremely good sensory perceptions and being true specialists in the animal kingdom. The focus of this guided session is observing the exceptional sensory capabilities of animals. We therefore deal with the following issues, among others: Which animal species and groups are capable of record-breaking achievements and how do the manage that exactly? We additionally look at the physiological records , such as the heart volume of a giraffe.

Subject area:

  • Body – health – development

On the go with the research team

Learn at the stations

A visit to the Predator House (carnivores) or the Monkey House (primates) will see us focus our attention on the issues of biodiversity, distribution, intelligence, training, etc. The pupils can expand their knowledge of species on this excursion through independent elaboration modeled on the method of station learning. Short presentations given by the pupils can be integrated into the independent study phase as desired.

Subject area:

  • World of the mighty – world of the minnows