KS 1, 2, 3, 4. First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage. Ages 5- 14
DURATION: 45 mins - 55 mins
OVERVIEW: What is a habitat? What types of habitat are there? Why do habitats matter? So many questions answered
ZooLab’s Habitat workshop introduces pupils to different habitats from around the world; including tropical rainforests, deserts, polar regions and oceans. This hands-on workshop looks at three great survivors; rats, cockroaches and humans and considers how and why they have survived.
Key Workshop Objectives:
Define what a habitat is
Explain the needs of
a successful habitat
Consider why different animals are best suited
to certain habitats.
Explore different food chains
Identify habitats around
Consider the effects
of habitat change
Discuss why animals adapt
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Animals often used in this workshop:
Animal requests will be accommodated where possible. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee attendance.
What is a Habitat?
In its simplest definition, a habitat is a place where living things reside. Think deserts, rainforests, oceans...the list of Earth’s habitats goes on!
Within habitats there are microhabitats - the rainforest has a canopy, forest floor, stream etc. - each of which has its own ecosystem and a variety of creatures that inhabit it.
For a habitat to be effective it needs five very important things for its occupants to survive -
space, air, food, water and shelter. In order to thrive in particular habitats, living things develop special adaptations. Changing or destroying a habitat can cause devastating effects on the animals and plants which live there
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