How do dorcas gazelles survive drought and extreme temperatures? How are birds able to fly? During this tour, participants study the morphological, behavioural and physiological aspects that vertebrates have needed to adapt in order to survive. Pupils will be able to see real examples of how animals have adapted for feeding, predation, displacement, climate and the habitat. Before making direct observations themselves, pupils will be introduced to the contents in question, and will study a selection of biological and multimedia materials.
Duration: 2 hours
Start times: 10am, 10.30am, 12.15pm, 12.45pm, 2pm
This activity is aimed at upper-primary and GCSE pupils.
Let's go to the Zoo
The group/class is accompanied by a member of the Zoo’s education team throughout the tour.
This activity explains to pupils, in an age-appropriate way, the main features of the ways in which animals adapt to different environments.
A brief introduction showing the different species is given, using slides and other audiovisual media.
Observation and handling of different materials from animals in our collection.
The group can stay in the Zoo until closing time.
- Competency in knowledge and interaction with the physical world.
- Competency in learning to learn.
- Study the main adaptations used as a means of survival.
- Learn to observe animals and distinguish their features.
After leaving the study room, pupils are given a tour of the Zoo by one of the education team (a biologist) where they learn more about the following:
Characteristics of environments and the animals that have best adapted:
- Adaptation as a way of ensuring survival.
- Relations between different levels of the trophic pyramid.
- Aquatic environment: main features, adaptive convergence.
- Land environment: main features. Tetrapods. Adaptations made for locomotion: plantigrade, digitigrade, unguligrade.
- Trees: specific characteristics.
- Air environment: adaptations made for flying.
- Multimedia presentations, biological materials.
Small groups: €188 (up to 21 pupils). For each additional pupil up to a group size of 25, the price is €8.15/pupil. The tour is free for teachers.
Large groups: €233 (up to 29 pupils). For each additional pupil up to a group size of 30, the price is €8.15/pupil. The tour is free for teachers.
For groups of participants with disabilities and homes with financial difficulties, the cost is €7 per person and their companions are free of charge.
SPECIAL DISCOUNT DURING LOW PERIODS
If your school activity with the Education Department takes place during September, December, January or February, you’ll benefit from a 20% discount off the price. In addition, if during these months the activity takes place on a Monday or a Tuesday, the discount will rise to 30%. (*)
(*) If you book an activity with the Education Department and this promotional offer is applicable but the activity has to be cancelled due to a situation of force majeure, we will endeavour to reschedule it for another time under the same terms and conditions.