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RZSS Education

Zoo Animal Behaviour

Availability: Edinburgh Zoo, Highland Wildlife Park

Length of lesson: 1 hour 50 minutes

Maximum Class Size: 33 


An introductory lecture on how and why we study zoo animal behaviour. We then work through the process of creating an animal behaviour study. After the lecture students will work in small groups to investigate animal behaviour through observing and recording some of our primate species.

Session Outline:

The session begins with an introduction to animal behaviour, what triggers behaviours and why it is important that we recognise them. The group will have the opportunity to find out more about behavioural influences and how we can study behaviour in a zoo setting. After a tour of some animals to look at common behaviours, the session finishes with the group completing their own behavioural studies and discussing what they have found.

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