The Year 11 Biology students attended a talk at Perth Zoo about how zookeepers and scientists use biological classification every day in the real world. When we arrived at the zoo, we had a specialist explain how classification works and the students had the opportunity to examine skulls from animals, in order to identify exactly what species they were from.
They were even shown reptiles from the reptile exhibit and allowed to identify and touch each of them. Following this exciting, hands-on experience, students explored the zoo independently. They examined animals and acted in the role of a real biologist.
In this role, they were tasked to report on a range of topics including; what makes a mammal a mammal, what defines a reptile and the differences between seemingly similar animals.
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We acknowledge and respect the Whadjuk Noongar people, the traditional custodians of the boodja (land) on which we work and live. We recognise their continuing connection to the boodja, bilya (rivers), ngamma (waterholes) and karda (hills) and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.