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RZSS Education


Age Suitability: S1 - S6

Availability: Edinburgh Zoo, Highland Wildlife Park

Lesson Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes

Maximum Class Size 33


Content (and curriculum links):

Using examples from around the globe we will discuss what sustainability is and why humanity needs to be more sustainable. In this session we investigate the impact of our increasing human population (SCN 4-01a, Nat 4: 3.2), explore food production (Nat 5: 3.5), crop protection (Higher 3.3), the benefits of renewable energy (TCH-2-02b), and how to increase energy efficiency of enclosures (SCN 3-04a).

We also look at what makes conservation projects sustainable in the long-term, explaining the 'three pillars of sustainability,' the social, environmental and economic dimensions.

Lesson Outline:

An introduction to the topic of sustainability and its impact on zoo operations. Pupils take part in an interactive session at the Education Centre and a tour of some Park animals looking at different aspects of this fascinating field. The session also uses technology in the form of thermal cameras and apps to bring this topic to life.

The focus of this session can be tailored to suit the level of your students or to highlight specific areas of BGE, or Biology at: National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.