Climate Change and Animals

Does climate change only matter to polar bears? In Climate Change and Animals students will discuss how our changing climate affects people and animals around the world. Using case studies of animals they can see in the zoo to illustrate each issue, students will investigate the different impacts of climate change on wildlife, and find out how they can take action to help.

Amur tiger at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Key Stage:  KS3 (Yr 7-9, 11-14 years old)

Duration: 45 minutes

Capacity: 35 students

 

 

National Curriculum Links:

 

KS3 Science

Earth and Atmosphere

  • The production of carbon dioxide by human activity and the impact on climate

 

KS3 English

Spoken English

  • Giving short speeches and presentations, expressing their own ideas and keeping to the point

 

KS3 Geography

Human and Physical Geography

  • Understand how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate

 

 

Intended Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Explain how climate change is affected by human behaviour
  • Give three examples of impacts of climate change on animals
  • Change their behaviour to support positive action against climate change - turning off “standby” appliances                                                             

Many objects from the natural world used in this session are loaned to us by HM Revenue and Customs.

 

 

For this session

 

Before the session:

  • As a class, list the problems that are caused by climate change.  In groups, students choose an animal that they think might be affected by each issue, and write a story explaining how.

 

While at the zoo:

  • During the session we investigate the impact of climate change on several Zoo animals.  You may wish to visit some of these on your way around the Zoo:

Animal

Link to session

Location in the zoo

Ring tailed Lemurs

Madagascar endemic species

Base Camp – In with the Lemurs

Amur Tigers

Endangered species

Asia

Poison Arrow frogs

Amphibian crisis

Base Camp – Discovery Centre

Reindeer

Climate Change

Europe

 

After your visit:

  • Ask students to research the different actions people take to stop climate change.  In groups, choose one action, and design a poster or video that encourages others to help.