Post 16 Sessions

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For further information or to book a visit please call 01384 215313 or email louise.curtis@dudleyzoo.org.uk

 

 

 

Ecosystems

Workshop length: 50 – 60 mins

This workshop will look into the relationships within an ecosystem and how everything is linked together. We will look at the conditions of rainforest, mountain and desert ecosystems together with how animals and their environment affect each other. We will look at the re-introduction of wolves to Yellow Stone National Park as a case study. Your students will have a chance to meet animals from some of the ecosystems covered.

Animals: This workshop may include a chinchilla, cockroach, lizard and a rat.

Cost: £10.00 per student

 

Evolution, Inheritance & Variation

Workshop length: 50 – 60 mins

This workshop will look into genetics, inheritance and variation within different populations. Natural selection (epigenetics) will be discussed and how it leads to evolution of animal species for example Darwin’s finches as well as the evidence for the theory of evolution. Within zoos selective breeding is very important, so the students will be discussing why diversity is important to a captive population, alongside the modern methods of biotechnology and their practical and ethical considerations. The students will have the chance to see fossils, biofacts and live animals to illustrate the principles of this workshop.

Animals: This workshop may include a chinchilla, lizard and a tenrec.

Cost: £10.00 per student

 

Conservation

Workshop length: 50 – 60 mins

This workshop focuses on animal conservation and the role zoos play in protecting some of the world’s most endangered animals. This workshop will cover how endangered animals are categorised, modern practises for zoo conservation (in situ & ex situ), why animals are becoming endangered and ways to monitor and protect animal populations. Your students will have a chance to meet some animal species with different conservation statuses as well as biofacts.

Animals: This workshop may include a chinchilla and a snake.

Cost: £10.00 per student

 

Animal Behaviour & Enrichment

Workshop length: 80 – 90 mins

This workshop will give students a chance to learn about different animal’s natural behaviours and how these may be displayed differently in captivity. Your students will learn about different types of enrichment and how they promote natural behaviours. At the end of the session the students will be able to make their own enrichment and see how animals interact with it.  They can also go out and study some of the animals on site.

Cost: £11.50 per student

 

Animal Nutrition

Workshop length: 50 – 60 mins

This workshop focuses on how we provide the correct nutrition for our 1500 animals here at Dudley zoo. We will discuss how we decide what, when and how to feed our animals and how this changes through their life. Record keeping, monitoring, assessment and evaluation processes are all very important to ensuring our animals all have the correct diet. The students will get a look into how nutrition changes through different life stages including pregnancy, lactation, old age and hand rearing.

Cost: £10.00 per student

 

Zoo Business Q&A

Workshop length: 50 – 60 mins

This workshop will cover how Dudley Zoological Gardens operates as a business in the leisure and tourism industry, a conservation and education centre and as a charity. Areas covered include: DZG’s mission statement, who benefits from the zoo, our business strategy, how to aim to run an ethical zoo and how we deal with competitors. At the end of the session there will be a chance for students to take part in a Q&A with the presenter.

Cost: £10.00 per student

 

Roles of Zoos & Enclosure Design

Workshop length: 80 – 90 mins

This workshop discusses how the roles of zoos have changed overtime and in turn how this has affected the design of enclosures within zoos. Your students will discover what role zoos played in the past and how that has changed into centres for conservation, education and research. As the purpose of zoos has changed, so have the standards and parties involved in the design of enclosures. This session will be based out on site looking at old enclosures, modern enclosures and amended enclosures to see first-hand how times have changed.

Cost: £11.50 per student

 

Tecton Tour

Workshop length: 50 – 60 mins

Starting in our Tecton Safari Gift Shop, this tour with give the students a chance to discover what the Tectons are, see how they were constructed and why they were built here at Dudley zoo.  The tour will then carry on around our 12 Tectons discussing their architect Berthold Lubetkin, the original purpose of each Tecton when the zoo first opened in 1937 and the contrasts to their use today.

Cost: £10.00 per student

 

Go Wild! Tour

Workshop length: 50 – 60 mins

This interactive tour will give the children a unique opportunity to learn about some of the amazing animals here at Dudley Zoo. Highlights include feeding our lorikeets and meerkats and meeting a friendly animal in our Discovery Centre.

Animals: This workshop may include a chinchilla, cockroach, ferret, lizard or snake.

Cost: £11.00 per student

 

Creature Feature

Workshop length: 30 mins

This interactive session will give all of your students a chance to meet a selection of animals up close with the chance to either touch or hold the animals. These will include an invertebrate, mammal and reptile. 

Animals: This workshop may include a chinchilla, cockroach, ferret, guinea pig, lizard, rat and a snake.

Cost: £9.00 per student

 

Zoo Tour

Workshop length: 50 – 60 mins

Your students will be led on a pre-planned route around the zoo stopping at various enclosures and learning facts about the animals. If you would like any particular species to be covered please inform our bookings team and this will be accommodated where possible. Similarly, please notify them about any mobility issues as our site is very hilly with steps in some areas so we so we can amend the route.

Cost: £10.00 per student   

 

Horrible History

Workshop length: 50 – 60 mins

In this workshop your students will be introduced to the world and life of medieval castles. Your students will learn about a variety of topics including the clothes worn, food eaten and even medieval toilets! There will be opportunities for your students to take part and dress up to help them understand castle life. They will also get the chance to meet animals that would have been around during the middle ages. Where possible this workshop will be delivered by a costumed guide.

Animals: This workshop may include a chinchilla, cockroach, guinea pig and a rat.

Cost: £10.00 per student

 

Castle Tour

Workshop length: 50 – 60 mins

Your students will be taken on a tour around the castle grounds giving them a glimpse into our castle’s past, construction and use through the ages. You will visit areas such as the castle keep, Sharrington range, triple gateway and undercroft. The tour will highlight the reasons why the castle was built and the reasons for changes throughout its history. Your students will also look at the features that still remain and see how they can inform artistic reconstructions and prompt questions. 

Cost: £10.00 per student

 

Ghost Walk

Workshop length: 50 – 60 mins

This walk starts with a tour around the most haunted areas of the castle followed by a visit to our undercroft. This is where your students will have the chance to see some real life coffins and learn about the very best of our ghost stories and history.

Cost: £10.00 per student