Take good care of them! Workshop
Wild animals are not pets! Responsible ownership starts when deciding on which type of pet you would like to have. Our decision can lead to animals’ suffering and environmental imbalance. In this totally experiential workshop, we will give students the chance to approach and get to know individuals with real stories of capture, transport, sale, irresponsible ownership and abandonment. They will learn to identify those species available to wily buyers, whose marketing and sale and acquisition is therefore ethically reprehensible. Moreover, they will also learn to identify domestic species, the pets par excellence and great companions... The only question is: do we know how to be good friends to them? We will devote an important part of the workshop to practicing our skills as caretakers and to assimilating values and knowledge to be better companions.
Duration: 2 hours
Start time: 10.00 am, 12.00 pm
To get the most out of the Workshop Take good care of them! at the Zoo, we suggest studying the following aspects at school before the visit:
To understand the students’ interests and increase motivation about the animals:
- Make a list of the different activities involved in taking care of a pet.
- Put a box in the classroom where students can place the questions they may have at any time and later study them.
- Look for an animal shop that has a ‘red point’ and discover what it is and what it involves.
- Collect books, stories, songs, photos, cards, worksheets or other materials about the animals that the children can obtain.
- Bring in videos, CDs or other materials on electronic supports about these animals.
To observe animals:
- Take an outing to a dog pound or a shelter for abandoned animals and discuss the consequences of using animals badly.
- Ask students who have a pet to prepare, individually or in groups, an explanation about taking care of this animal to present to their classmates with the help of photographs or the animal itself.
As specific objectives:
- Present the concept of wild animal and domestic animal and learn to identify them.
- Learn about the main characteristics of pets.
- Knowledge of the existence of animals suitable for having at home and others that are not.
- Become aware of the responsibility involved in having an animal.
- Introduction to behaviour problems that domestic breeding has on animals.
Come to the Zoo
Workshop Take good care of them! at the Zoo teaches students about the main characteristics of domestic animals in an entertaining and participative way that is adapted to their ages.
In the first place, an itinerary is made to the Farm classroom, which explains the differences between wild and domestic animals. In this classroom, students see and feed different domestic animals. They also observe closely other species.
Moving along to the Terrarium classroom, they handle several amphibians and reptiles: lizards, snakes and turtles. Introduction to the programmes on reproduction in captivity and reintroduction of the Majorcan midwife toad and Herman’s tortoise.
The contents studied are:
- Introduction about what you should do and what you should never do when you have a pet. Responsible ownership.
- Introduction to the problem of breeding in captivity with respect to animal behaviour and animal behaviour enrichment systems.
- Comparison and handling of several animals: meal worms, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, lizards, snakes and tortoises.
- Observation of abandoned and confiscated animals: titis and cockatoos. Reflection about having animals at home: species that you can keep and species that are not recommended.
- Introduction to the concept of protecting and conservation of species.
What have we learned?
Suggestions about activities to do after the Workshop Take good care of them! at the Barcelona Zoo:
Social and natural sciences space:
- Make a list of correct and incorrect attitudes for taking care of pets.
- Classify the previous animals by whether or not people can have them as pets.
- Have students prepare ‘lectures’ about domestic animals: requirements with regard to space, exercise, cleaning, etc., individually or in groups, and then present them to their classmates.
- Make a book or album about animals that you can have at home, using all the contents that have been studied.
- Look for similarities and differences between domestic and wild animals.
Evaluation of learning obtained:
- Using different photos of animals, students have to say whether you can have them as domestic animals and why.
Workshop Take good care of them! at the Zoo has been designed for students in year 3, 4, 5 and 6 of primary school in which they discover the needs of domestic and wild animals in an entertaining and participative manner.
CROSS-CUTTING CURRICULUM AREAS
Education in defence of the environment.
RELATIONSHIP TO THE CURRICULUM DISCIPLINES
Living beings and their relationship to the environment.
With respect to knowledge, facts and ideas:
- Study the characteristics of the animals you can have at home and those you cannot.
- Study the problems caused by illegal trading in exotic animals.
With respect to procedures:
Start learning about the proper care of animals.
With respect to attitudes and values:
- To foster respect for animals through being better informed.
- To foster responsible attitudes about owning pets.
- To awaken students’ awareness about protecting nature.
Small group: 234 € (until 21 students) each additional student until 25, the price are 8,15 € for student. The free teachers
Big Group: 267 € (until 29 students) each additional student until 30, the price are 8,15 € for student. The free teachers
SPECIAL DISCOUNT DURING LOW PERIODS
If you sign up for an educational activity with the Department of Education during the months of September, December, January or February, you will receive a 20% discount off the price. Further, if during these months you do the activity on a Monday or Tuesday, you will receive a 30% discount. (*)
(*) If you sign up for an activity with the Department of Education taking advantage of the promotion and it has to be cancelled due to an incident of force majeure, we will reschedule the activity another day, always with the same original conditions.