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RZSS Education

Discovering Animals

Age suitability: P4 - P7

Availability: Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park

Length of lesson: 50 minutes

Maximum class size: 160 (33 at HWP)




This interactive session provides an introduction to the main threats facing animals in the wild today and the work that is being done to protect them from extinction. This session uses some of our unique biofacts such as fur and feathers.

This session does not include any Education Officer guided time outside in the zoo.

Lesson Outline:

The lesson begins with an introduction to endangerment and extinction including the five main human caused threats facing animals today. Children then answer a series of questions in a 'game show' style to link endangered animals to biofacts such as leopard fur and the threat to that animal. (Threats covered include habitat loss, pollution, over-hunting, invasive species and live capture).

After considering the things that endanger animals, the children then find out about how endangered different animals are using the IUCN redlist.

The lesson finishes with finding out some of the animals that RZSS is helping around the world.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To know and understand the threats animals face in the wild today.
  • To explore the ways in which people can contribute to conserving our world and its wildlife.

Curriculum for Excellence Outcomes:

  • SCN 1-20a ‘I have contributed to discussions of current scientific news items to help develop my awareness of science.’
  • SOC 1-03a ‘I can consider ways of looking after my school or community and can encourage others to care for the environment.’
  • SOC 2-08a ‘I can discuss the environmental impact of human activity and suggest ways in which we can live in a more environmentally-responsible way.’