Secondary School Programme
We have a fun and educational secondary programme at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
We are able to welcome one class, of up to 35 students, into our classroom at a time for fun, informative and interactive session. Please choose from one of the following set sessions and call 0844 967 0832 to make a booking. There are a variety of resources and activity sheets which can be used to support a visit to Whipsnade Zoo. Links to these can be found under the session titles. For a full list please go to the Secondary resources page .
Key Stage 3 and 4
Out in the Zoo: Behaviour study NEW FOR SEPTEMBER 2013
Discover how and why zoos study animal behaviour while having a go at an observation study for yourself. This session is conducted outside at the giraffe enclosure. The session will take place outside whatever the weather so please come prepared.
Adaptations (Key Stage 3 only)
How do animals cope with extreme temperatures or living in water? What adaptations help animals climb or fly? Investigate a variety of physical and behavioural adaptations that help animals to survive in different environments.
Role of a Modern Zoo
How do zoos help conserve endangered species? Discover the 4 main roles of a zoo and how the work zoos do can help wild populations of endangered species using ZSL as a case study.
How does climate change affect animals? We look at the effect of global warming on specific species and discuss how we, as individuals, can reduce our impact on the environment.
Download the Key Stage 3 Climate Change teachers' notes (66 KB)
Download the Key Stage 4 Climate Change teachers' notes (65 KB)
Themed notes for students to support learning about climate change (1.1 MB)
Touch and Talk
Using an array of biofacts, students are invited to improve their investigation skills and engage in personal enquiry. A useful session for all students, particularly for kinaesthetic learners.
Key Stage 4 (Only)
Classification NEW FOR SEPTEMBER 2013
How are animals classified into groups and why is it important for scientists to all use the same system? Using a range of biofacts and activities find out how species are grouped together and the problems of accurately classifying some species.
Out in the Zoo: Chimp intelligence NEW FOR SEPTEMBER 2013
What is intelligence and just how intelligent are chimpanzees? Visit the chimp enclosure with an Education Officer to find out more about how good chimps are at problems solving, using tools and their ability to communicate with humans. The session will take place outside whatever the weather so please come prepared.
Communication for survival NEW CONTENT FOR 2013
Communication is key for survival. Whether it is the need to establish a territory, the fear of approaching danger, or the need to attract a mate; animals communicate in a variety of ways. Find out why animals communicate and the different methods they use as well as discovering the importance of communication in successful mating and raising of offspring.