Study Day – Animal behaviour

What do they spend their time doing? This study day will allow students to identify questions that arise when working with animals and how behaviour studies can answer them. Getting out and about in the zoo doing data collection on live animals, students will see the workings of a behaviour research project from start to finish.

Age group:  16 - 18

Duration: 2 x 45 min sessions

Capacity: 60

Learning Space: Griffin Room and animal enclosure

Framework links:

  • Edexcel
  • AQA
  • OCR
  • WJEC

Intended learning outcomes:

  • Students will be able to identify why behaviour studies are used and how they can be beneficial to animals in zoos and in the wild
  • Students will be able to construct and use an ethogram.
  • Students will carry out a  behaviour study at a particular enclosure using scientific methods
  • Students will compile and analyse data collected


For this session

Before your visit:

  • Introduce students to the different methods of collecting data
  • Discuss with students the questions that may arise in a zoo setting which could warrant research
  • Get students to research different animal behaviours – how do different animals communicate?


While at the Zoo:

  • Discuss with the students the different type of communication observed and the limitations behaviour studies have for each of these animals.
Animal 1 type of communication Location (map ref.)
Asian elephant Touch with trunk B4
Ring-tailed lemur Scent marking D3
Chimpanzee Grunts D3
Lion Scent spray C1
Wolf Scat marking D2


Post-visit resources: