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Animal Behavior

from Saint Louis Zoo

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Have you ever wondered why animals do certain things? Is animal behavior important in a zoo? In this program, we will discover why scientists study animal behavior and how we study animal behavior at the Saint Louis Zoo. Students will be able to practice during a live animal observation. PLEASE NOTE: mating behavior of cheetah, Somali Wild Asses, and hellbenders may be discussed.

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About This Program

Cost

By Request: $160.00


Please schedule carefully! Program transfers may be requested based on our ability to reschedule you. Transfers are determined by space availability. A $5 transfer fee will be charged per program for the first transfer date. A $10 transfer fee will be charged for additional transfers. Transfer fees must be paid with credit card at the time requested. We cannot accommodate same day or next day transfers.


Full payment is due before the program. To receive an invoice and pay by check, 8 week's booking notice is required. If a program is booked with less than 8 week's notice, but at least 4 week's notice, full credit card payment is required when booking the program. We are unable to schedule programs with less than 4 week's notice.

Length

45 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Minimum participants:

10

Maximum participants:

45


Primary Disciplines

Sciences


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)FieldTripZoom



Booking Information

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify the Education Department at (314) 646-4544 or the Outreach Coordinator at (314) 646-4754 immediately if you need to cancel. Another group may be able to take your place.

Refunds

Four Weeks Prior to Program:
A full refund will be issued minus a $5 cancelation fee if you notify the Education Department four weeks prior to your program. There is a $5 cancelation fee per program.

Two Weeks Prior to Program:
You are entitled to a 50% program fee refund if you notify the Education Department two - four weeks prior to your program date.

Less than Two Weeks Prior to Program:
There is no refund for groups that cancel with less than two weeks' notice.

Please note: In the event that your school and/or the Zoo is closed the day of your program due to weather, we will try to reschedule your program or issue a full refund.

Transfers
Program transfers may be requested based on our ability to reschedule you. Transfers are determined by space availability. A $5 transfer fee will be charged per program for the first transfer date. A $10 transfer fee will be charged for additional transfers. Transfer fees must be paid with credit card at the time requested. We cannot accommodate same day or next day transfers.

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Saint Louis Zoo

St. Louis, MO
United States

The Saint Louis Zoo was voted #1 Zoo in America by a Zagat's and Parents' Magazine survey. Our mission is to conserve animals and their habitats through animal management, research, recreation, and educational programs that encourage the support and enrich the experience of the public. 


Our videoconferencing classes will introduce you and your students to a variety of animals and topics including: habitats, ecology, and adaptations. Older students will also learn about our conservation programs going on here at the Zoo and around the world. 

Live animals from our Emerson Children's Zoo will visit our studio during the programs. At this time, we do not have the ability to broadcast remotely from Zoo exhibits.

Contact:
Amber Brown
outreachrequests@stlzoo.org
3147810900 x4677

Program Details

Format

1. Review or define basic vocabulary words, such as animal behavior and adaptation.
2.Explore why zoos study animal behavior.
3.Define and look at an ethogram. Discuss how an ethogram is developed.
4.Discuss current animal behavior projects at the Zoo. Video will be used from the St. Louis Zoo’s research department to allow students to try out their observation skills.
5.Students will learn about a current enrichment project and how keepers are using it to help their animals exhibit natural behaviors.
6.Students will participate in an enrichment project with a live animal. Students will help the presenter decide which enrichment items to use and then observe how the animal interacts with the enrichment.

Objectives

At the end of this class, students will be able to:
1. Define animal behavior, ethogram, and enrichment.
2. Explain why it is important to study animal behavior in zoos.
3. Analyze and evaluate an animal enrichment project, in addition to suggesting ways improve it.
4. Create their own animal behavior study.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NGSS: MS-LS1.B, MS-LS2.A, MS-LS4.C,D, MS-ETS1.A,B,C, HS-LS4.C,D

State Standards

Missouri Grade Level Expectations:

IV-1D(6th) a, 3C (6th) b; VII-1C(6-8th) a,b IV-1A (9-11th) a, 1B (9-11th) a,b, 1C (9-11th) a,b, 1D (9-11th) a,b; VII- 1A (4th) a,b,c (5th) a,b,c,d