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
Learning Space: Griffin Room and animal enclosure
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|
- Research an animal behaviour study and discuss implications that study would have on the animal in the wild https://www.zsl.org/conservation/