• Geography
  • Science

At the zoo

Length of workshop 50 mins


Chester Zoo’s six regional field programs operate in over 30 different countries worldwide. In this walking tour of Islands, taking in a variety of animal exhibits, students will discuss global threats to ecosystems and evaluate the effectiveness of conservation breeding programmes, educational interventions and in-situ conservation measures.

As this is an outdoor session, it’s important to ensure that participants are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.

Age group: Post 16

Duration: 50 minutes

Capacity: 25 students

Meeting point: Sumba Scholroom, Islands

Cost: £28

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Please note: Chester Zoo discovery workshops can be adapted to your learners needs and abilities, please speak to one of the team to find out more.

Curriculum Links


  • Biodiversity can relate to a range of habitats, from a small local habitat to the Earth.
  • Species richness is a measure of the number of different species in a community.
  • An index of diversity describes the relationship between the number of species in a community and the number of individuals in each species.
Geography: Ecosystems and sustainability

  • The concept of biodiversity. Local and global trends in biodiversity. Causes, rates and potential impacts of declining biodiversity.
  • Ecosystems and their importance for human populations in the light of continuing population growth and economic development. Human populations in ecosystem development and sustainability.

Topic 4: Biodiversity and natural resources

4.1 Know that over time the variety of life has become extensive but is now being threatened by human activity.

4.16 Be able to evaluate the methods used by zoos and seed banks in the conservation of endangered species and their genetic diversity (including scientific research, captive breeding programmes, reintroduction programmes and education)

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