Itinerary for Zoologist for a Day


9:00 - 9:20 | Drop off at Taronga

9:30 - 10:30 | 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?

10:30 - 11:30 AM | 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

11:30 - 13:00 | 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?

13:00 - 13:30 | Lunch

13:30 - 14:30 | 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

14:30 - 15:30 | Using their skills of observation to solve a zoo mystery in the Zoo Clues activity. You’ll be taking off your adventuring hats and putting on your lab coats for some fun in the science laboratory. 

15:30 | Pickup from Taronga