Genetics and the Modern Zoo

by  Greenville Zoo

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Genetics and the Modern Zoo demonstrates how AZA accredited zoos use the scientific study of genetics to make real-world decisions about the animals in their care. This program discusses genetics, inheritance, mutations, and more!

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About This Program


By Request: $100.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

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

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Booking Information

Our availability includes: Year round Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. If you would like a program outside of this time, please feel free to ask and we will see what we can do for you! Please reserve 2 weeks in advance when possible.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

CANCELLATION POLICY: In the event that a program must be canceled due to weather, technical issues, or other circumstances beyond the control of the Zoo or program recipient, the program may be rescheduled at a later date agreeable to both parties for no additional charge (dependent of availability). If cancellation occurs for any other reason than listed above, a cancellation fee will apply.

RESCHEDULING POLICY: In the event that a program needs to be rescheduled for any reason other than those listed above, then the Zoo must be notified at least three weeks before the date of the program. We do not reschedule inside the three weeks of the scheduled program date. A rescheduling fee will apply.

REFUND POLICY: Once registration is confirmed, the Greenville Zoo adheres to a no-refund, no-credit policy. If a program is canceled at any time for any reason other than those listed above, no refund or credit will be given. Substitution of another group of participants of the same age is permitted with prior notification given at least three weeks before the date of the program.

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Greenville Zoo

Greenville, SC
United States

The Greenville Zoo is a 14-acre facility featuring hundreds of wildlife from all over the world including giraffe, monkeys, giant tortoises and leopards. Join us on a wildlife adventure through the zoo’s beautifully landscaped acres filled with up close and personal views of its residents! Through engaging programs, educational events and animal exhibits, the Greenville Zoo provides a wonderfully wild experience for the entire family that will keep you coming back all year long!

Zoo Education

Program Details


1. Definition of key terms
2. Brief Discussion of Genetics
2. Discussion of Mutations
3. Discussion of Selective Breeding in Animals
4. Connection of Principles of Genetics to the Modern Zoo


Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:
1.) Define key terms in genetics: Genetics, Inheritance, DNA, & Genes
2.) Compare and Contrast mutations, deciding which may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism
3.) Discuss the advantages of selective breeding in influencing the transfer of genetic information for captive animal populations.
4.) Demonstrate understanding of selective breeding principles by solving a mock Species Survival Plan.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NS.9-12.3: Life Science: Biological evolution & Molecular basis of heredity LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
LS3.B: Variation of Traits

State Standards

South Carolina Science
B-4 (2005 Standard)
H.B.4 (2014 Standard)

MS-LS1-5: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MS-LS3-1: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
HS-LS1-1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
HS-LS4-1 & 2: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

ISTE 1: Empowered Learner
ISTE 7: Global Collaborator
ISTE 6: Creative Communicator