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Design a suitable enclosure

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LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

 

1. Pretend you are the manager of a famous Zoo, and a rare species of animal is coming to your zoo. What rare species would you like to see at a Zoo near you? Why? Look up this rare species and find out about:

a. Their habitat
b. Their food
c. The space they require
d. The types of stimulus that they would need in a zoo environment
e. The number needed in a group for them to remain healthy

2. Look at the following decisions that the Chester Zoo had to undertake for their Enclosure Design for the Painted Dog enclosure in the video below.

Chester Zoo Painted Dog enclosure ZooLex Gallery - shows the stages, description, size, costs, construction, plants, features,  & more.

Look up this document first before you view the video.

YouTube: Building the Painted Dog Exhibit at Chester Zoo 2011

The video below is about the building of the Painted Dog exhibit from the very start of the process to its completion.
https://youtu.be/RLZv5IA0Qcs

YouTube: New African Painted Dogs at Chester Zoo
https://youtu.be/TqJ3hE8bVTk

 

YouTube: African painted dog pups make playful debut at Chester Zoo 2018
https://youtu.be/baV1Z31Q7zg

 

3. Write down the process or the things you consider important to making a new enclosure for your animal. Check with a partner.

What things did you learn? How will this help with your decision making?

4. As your animal is from a different climate, you must create a habitable home for this animal. Using what you have learnt from Chester Zoo and their Painted Dog Enclosure Design, design a suitable and comfortable enclosure for your rare animal.

 

 

Education Tour! Let's make a Presentation! ZooNooz!

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

 

 

1. One of the main aspects of a Zookeeper is to inform the public about their particular animal. At the San Diego Zoo (one of the best in the world), keepers write up a blog about their particular animal:

Keeper Notes

You are to read one of the keeper notes to get an idea of the type of presentation you will be giving.

2. You are to select an Australian animal and find out about: Koala

  • It's scientific name
  • It's physical characteristics
  • It's behaviour
  • It's habitat
  • It's vulnerability and numbers in the wild
  • Number of young usually produced - it's reproductive cycle
  • Any other facts you find interesting


3. You are to create a 2 minute presentation about your particular animal as if you were talking to an International Tourist.

You need to give your animal a name and have some funny things your animal might have done in the past month (similar to the Keeper Notes from San Diego Zoo).

4. Present your presentation to the class.

 

 

 

 

Websites, Games & Apps

Tiger Adventures:

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ICT Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

  • Tiger on the Loose
  • Zoo Tiger
  • Save the Tiger!
  • Tracking the Tiger Trade
  • Survive!

Choose your own adventure!

Tigers

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LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

Word Jumbles 
                                               
How well do you know your animals?

Jumbled names of animals are given with a clue. Very easy.
Project Noah

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Critical and Creative ThinkingAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

Project Noah
"Become a citizen scientist and share your observations of wildlife. Take pictures of animals you see with your portable device and use Project Noah to identify them and share them in a worldwide database.

Teachers who register have access to educational resources and the ability to set up classes with missions to help them understand the importance of biodiversity."

(Source: Learning Reviews)
 
Did You Know?

The San Diego Zoo in California has the largest collection of animals in the world. (Source: Useless Facts)

What city in Australia has the largest zoo?
Melbourne Zoo, Victoria, is Australia's oldest zoo. Significant historic features such as the design of the Main Walk and an early 20th Century menagerie exhibit are preserved in an historic zone so visitors are able to measure the great improvements which have been achieved since the zoo opened in 1862 . The zoo displays a representative sample of the world's fauna and flora in a series of bioclimatic (or habitat) zones and boasts 350 animal species on 22 hectares of grounds and enclosures.

Read more about Australian Zoos.

OzAnimals

 

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