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KS 2, 3,4; Second, Third, Fourth Stage.

Ages 9 - 16

DURATION: 45 mins - 55 mins

OVERVIEW: We use ZooLab animals to investigate how and why some species adapt, evolve and adjust to a changing environment over millions of years.


We look at the human factor in evolution, discover vestigial traits of some species and discover the ability of some species to live almost anywhere. 


Learning Outcomes

  • All children will be able to define ‘adaptation’.

  • All children will be able to name some adaptations.

  • Most children will be able to explain the link between adaptations and habitat.

  • Some children will be able to explain why animals need to adapt.

You'll get to meet some of these animals:

Coming Autumn 2025:

Free pre-lesson resources and teaching packs!

Free printable educational resource pack
Free printable educational resource pack

“Lucia was so knowledgeable about all of the adaptations of the animals she had brought with her. She was friendly and approachable."

Oakbank School


What is an adaptation?

An adaptation is defined as an adjustment to an organism to make them better suited to an environment.


Animals and plants have developed special characteristics to survive in their particular habitat. Adaptations include biological changes to body functions or structure, behavioural and physiological to change to meet the environment. 

There are two different types of species - generalist and specialist: generalists are able to thrive in a wide variety of environmental conditions and the specialists can only thrive in a small variety.

Adaptations became widely discussed after Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace developed the theory of natural selection - i.e survival of the fittest, where the best adapted life forms survive and pass the most desirable characteristics to offspring. 

Curriculum Outcomes England & Wales

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Curriculum Outcomes Scotland

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