Did you know that close analysis of a vertebrate’s legs, the position of its eyes, and the shape of its teeth or beak can help us understand the types of foods it eats? The scientific approach to solving questions and natural mysteries that come up during the workshop will help students discover how the need for food becomes a ruthless evolutionary driver. The work done in the laboratory using biological samples and different materials continues during a very special tour around the enclosures where animals live at the Zoo. During this, special attention is paid to observing eating behaviours, the work of the Zoo’s kitchens, and the design of diets and behaviour enrichment programmes.
Duration: 2 hours
Start times: 10am, 12pm
This activity is aimed at middle- and upper-primary pupils.
Let's go to the Zoo
The group/class is accompanied by a member of the Zoo’s education team throughout the workshop.
The Zoo’s Food Workshop explains the main features of vertebrate feeding in a participatory way that is appropriate to the age of the students.
The group/class is divided into five subgroups, each of which works on an aspect of vertebrate feeding with the support of various materials and a study guide. All students work on the different aspects covered.
This part of the workshop lasts for around an hour. It then continues with a tour around the Zoo with a member of the education team, with a number of stops - including:
- Aviary: visit to the kitchen. Matching the shape of the birds’ beaks to implements - which suggests that they have the same function.
- Palm grove: parrots and owls. Comparing beaks to different diets. Position of the eyes for hunting.
- Zebra-wild goat: comparison between ruminant and non-ruminant.
- Spider monkey: omnivorous feeding
- Sea lion: feeding on fish
- Flying fox: feeding on fruit<0}
- Komodo dragon: use of poison in food
- African fauna: herbivorous. Eliminating competition by feeding on different parts of plants.
- Visit to the shop: feeding in captivity
The group can stay in the Zoo until closing time.
- Competency in knowledge and interaction with the physical world.
- Competency in learning to learn.
- Observation of biological remains and live animals to identify differences.
- Learn about the characteristics of vertebrates in terms of the role of feeding.
- Promote respect for animals through better understanding.
- Introduction to mammal feeding, highlighting the fact that they have different teeth formations according to their diet.
- Comparison of different bird beaks by type of food.
- Study of materials taken from different animals, other than teeth.
- Introduction to food chains (to be done in class).
- Comparison of different types of digestion systems depending on an animal's diet (to be done in class).
Materials: (Please bring writing materials)
- Biological remains of various animals for observation and identification.
- Workbook for use at the Zoo and at school.
Small groups: €234 (up to 21 pupils). For each additional pupil up to a group size of 25, the price is €8.15/pupil. The workshop is free for teachers.
Large groups: €267 (up to 29 pupils). For each additional pupil up to a group size of 30, the price is €8.15/pupil. The workshop is free for teachers.
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.