Lions and Langurs Behaviour Study will allow your students to carry out their own research into the behavioural adaptations of two species in our new Land of the Lions exhibit. During this exciting session students will conduct interval sampling on digital tablets to make structured observations of animal behaviour, and record their data to allow them to analyse and interpret their results afterwards. Through this they will consider how the behavioural adaptations of animals allow them to survive in their habitat and how we can study this behaviour to understand how we can conserve them. [NB: If the Land of the Lions exhibit is unavailable different species may be used for observations.]
Age group: Years 10 and 11 (GCSE level, Ages 16–18)
Duration: 50-55 minutes
Capacity: 35 pupils
Learning Space: Land of the Lions classroom and exhibit
Please be aware that some of this session will be held outside. Students should wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
National Curriculum Links:
Key Stage 4 Science
- Experimental skills and investigations
- Analysis and evaluation
- Living organisms are interdependent and show adaptations to their environment
- The characteristics of a living organism are influenced by its genome and its interaction with the environment
Intended learning outcomes:
Most students will be able to:
- Describe the Gir forest habitat and the ecological niches of the lions and langurs.
- Predict the behavioural adaptations which would be best suited to these niches and explain why
- Suggest methods that could be used to collect information about the behaviour of the animals
- Use interval sampling techniques on digital tablets to make structured observations and collect data about the behaviour of the lions and langurs
Some students will be able to:
- Begin to interpret the results of the study to compare and contrast the behaviour of the two species
- Explain the importance of studying animal behaviour in Zoos and in the wild, and how this can contribute to wider conservation work
- Support your students' learning before, during or after their visit with our online resources.