Guided sessions for school classes 5-6

Adapting to habitats

How do you survive in the desert?

Sandstorms, scarce water and little vegetation – how do animals survive in such an extreme habitat? Using the example of the dromedary and by observations, the pupils investigate how these 'ships of the desert' are adapted to the conditions in the desert in their physical structure. The water resources, thermal regulation, protection against solar radiation and their adaptation to the hot desert sand are all explored.

Subject area:

  • Plants – animals – habitats
  • Exploring and documenting the adaptedness of an animal to its habitat

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

Note:
our class also takes place outdoors – please ensure suitable clothing

Meeting point:
Schloss entrance

Communication in the animal kingdom

How do animals communicate within a species or with other counterparts? Monkeys operate with optical signals, predators mainly with olfactory markers. This is neither revolting nor do the animals cause a stink. The pupils develop a biological understanding on how living creatures communicate on this tour.

Subject area:

  • Body – health – development
  • Investigating and documenting sensory and perception capabilities in animals

Please bring with you:
writing pad and pen

Note:
our class also takes place outdoors – please ensure suitable clothing

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:

  • Plants – animals – habitats
  • Adaptedness of an animal to its habitat

Please bring with you:
writing pad and pen

Note:
The event mostly takes place in the animal houses.

Meeting point:
Schloss entrance

Pachyderms

How thick is the skin of these animals? Are they really as "thick-skinned" as we think? What do these "thick-skinned" beasts have in common apart from their skin colour? This lesson topic will deal with the body structure, lifestyle and distribution of these popular zoo animals.

Subject area:

  • Plants-animals-habitats
  • Identifying and describing the adaptability of animals to the specific conditions that arise in their habitat

Please bring with you:
writing pad and pen

Note:

  • The class is tailored to the subsequent observational tasks on behaviour
  • Depending on the weather conditions, the lesson may also be relocated to the Pachyderm House.

Meeting point:
Schloss entrance