Guided sessions for school classes 3-4

Adapting to habitats

On elephant safari

On our voyage of discovery to the elephants, we first also explore the life of other animals, e.g. the gibbons of Southeast Asia and the Australian Bennett's tree kangaroo. Through their own observations, children may then come up with questions such as: What do elephants eat? Or why do the African elephants have bigger ears than the Asian ones? They document the knowledge obtained on a notepad.

Subject area 1

  • Exploiting natural phenomena
  • Exploring and documenting the adaptedness of an animal to its habitat

Subject area 2

  • Unlocking habitats
  • Identifying habitats in their function: The Tierpark as a public institution/enclosure based on a habitat

Please bring with you:
Writing pad, pen and, if you have them, binoculars

Meeting point:
Schloss entrance

Adapting to life in the water

Why don't fish drown in water? Can you also eat a sea cucumber? What do you see with four eyes? Based on these or similar questions, pupils themselves investigate how habitats are adapted to through observations made in the aquaria in the vicinity of the Cafeteria and together work out the special features of their physical structure, body covering, forward movement and nutrition. The knowledge can then be independently applied and extended with a different type of species (manatee or penguin).

Subject area:

  • Exploiting natural phenomena
  • Exploring and documenting the adaptedness of an animal to its habitat

Please bring with you:
writing pad and pen

Meeting point:
Schloss entrance

Adapting to seasons

Animal life in harmony with the seasons

Why do birds sing less during the winter? Why is it that deers shed their antlers in the spring? Are animals aware of the seasons? This learning excursion, which predominantly takes place outdoors, allows the pupils to explore animal life in harmony with the seasons by observing the individual types of species. As a result, they get to know how animals adapt to the various seasons.

Subject area:

  • Plants – animals – temporal processes in nature

Meeting point:
winter: Bärenschaufenster entrance
spring: Schloss entrance