• Science

At the zoo

Length of workshop 50 mins


Chester Zoo’s six regional field programs operate in over 30 different countries worldwide. This workshop looks at global threats to ecosystems, how different environmental conditions can shape the biodiversity of an area and the impact that changes within these ecosystems have on wildlife.

Students will investigate the role of zoos and the importance of a holistic approach to conservation. They will take on the role of zoo conservationists, tasked with conserving endangered species and evaluating the effectiveness of conservation breeding programmes, educational interventions and in-situ conservation measures. They will discover how Chester Zoo acts for wildlife and how everyone can play a role in achieving Chester Zoo’s mission – Preventing Extinction.

Age group: Post 16

Duration: 50 minutes

Capacity: 25 students

Meeting point: Learning Centre

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 Link


  • 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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