Savage Safari At Taronga Zoo | School Holidays Excursion | Friday 10th January 2020
Savage Safari At Taronga Zoo | School Holidays Excursion | Friday 10th January 2020
Savage Safari At Taronga Zoo | School Holidays Excursion | Friday 10th January 2020
Savage Safari At Taronga Zoo | School Holidays Excursion | Friday 10th January 2020

Savage Safari At Taronga Zoo | School Holidays Excursion | Friday 10th January 2020

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Savage Safari | School Holiday Excursion | Friday 10th January 2020


Strictly Ages 7-13

Guided by David Harrington (Macquarie University) journey with us to Taronga Zoo! Using our special access, get up and close to live animals and learn how a scientist would observe and document these creatures.  Using your notebook sketch and write your observations. Take in a few shows and make some friends along the way.


Learning Outcomes:

-Develop knowledge, skills and understanding by making creative works informed by investigations and sources on the topic of zoology and animal wildlife.

-Use expressive forms to communicate ideas

-Appreciate personal creative outcomes and those of others

-Collaborate with others by taking on roles and creating imagined situations informed by zoology and animal wildlife.


 Held at Taronga Zoo. Designated meeting place at Taronga Zoo the FRONT GATE

About the Instructor

Award-winning Dave Harrington of Stone and Bones is a qualified ethno-botanist and ecologist, specialising in education and science.

Throughout his career he has lectured and collaborated with numerous schools and organisations such as Macquarie University, UTS, UNSW, Australian Catholic University, The Catholic Education Office and numerous high schools throughout Australia

Among his many accomplishments he has worked closely Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley and Northern NSW regions in collaborative projects aimed to record and preserve Aboriginal culture and practices.

His UNSW lecture series The Science of Indigenous Knowledge profiled the scientific method and practices of indigenous people.

Dave has also lectured at Yalbalinga, the Australian Catholic University's Indigenous Unit where he has taught science for school teachers.

Recipient of the:

Eureka Science Award

The Macquarie University Partnerships award

The National Australian Learning

The Teaching Council Award.



Animal Adaptations: a zoo day out!

820: Arrival for bus, registration, get in bus to the zoo

900-920:Drop off at Taronga for non-bus attendees.

930-1030: Arrive at zoo, meet Dave at the Education entrance and make our notebooks for the day, out of fantastic paper, card and other recycled resources. These will be where we record our observations, make sketches and use our creative skills to write, draw and note the features of the animals we see through the day. We’ll also eat an early Morning tea, we’ll find a quiet spot to eat some snacks and start to make our animal observations. There are some very successful opportunists using the zoo to make a great life for themselves and their babies. Do they have any features in common that help them do this? Can we draw them or use some descriptive words to write a poem about them?

1030-1130: Enter the amazing habitat classrooms to experience the “Through the Eyes of a Scientist” activity, getting up close to some beautiful animals and using our scientific skills to see how the features of animals adapt them to the environments in which they live

1130-1300: Zoo exploration. We’ll move around the zoo, observing the different types of animals from different habitats. Can we see any features in common with animals living in particular habitats? Can we see any evidence like footprints, camouflaged coats and feathers, horns and sharp teeth that might fit with their habitat and lifestyle? As we go, we’ll fill our notebooks with sketches, observations, creative writing and poems about the animals. Can you use the name of an animal to make an acrostic describing its features? What are some descriptive words that you can use to illustrate each animal? Are there any places we can do a rubbing of skin textures?

1300-1330: Lunch

1330-1530: More explorations. Let’s think about how we would interact with these animals if we shared their habitat. Some of them we might be friends with. Others make us a yummy dinner. Others might want to make a yummy dinner out of us! Using our notebooks let’s write and draw some ideas about how we might classify these animals in different ways, depending on how we may interact with them

1530:Pickup from Taronga for non-bus attendees. 

1545-1615: Bus back to Crows Nest.  After coming back together its time to pack into the bus and head back to the pick up spot.