School classes 11–13

The conquest of the mainland

That all life came from water, is well known. Yet why was a conquest of the mainland by animals ever necessary and possible? Which evolutionary mechanisms impacted on this step? To answer these questions, we shall trace the development steps based on recent species.

Subject area:

• Phylogenetic development
• Development of biodiversity (foundation course)


What do the New York Fire Department and a bony fish have in common? What accomplishments have some species of snakes managed, which may alleviate the sight issues of the visually impaired in the future? Nature often provides us with inspiration and brilliantly simple solutions to many technical issues. On this guided session, the pupils gain an insight into the evolutionary inventions of some aquarium inhabitants and their potential for the very latest technology.

Species diversity, extinction and conservation

In addition to depicting species diversity, species conservation is above all a key initiative of the zoological gardens and aquaria. Together we look at the various threats facing fish, reptiles and amphibians. We discuss the possibilities and problems of global species conservation, in which we debate possible ways of personal involvement with the pupils.

Poisonous animals in the Aquarium

Animals don't just possess poisons out of sheer viciousness, but to defend themselves or to strike prey. We visit the various poisonous species with the pupils and talk about the poison organs, the different types of poisons and their effectiveness. We also take a look at interesting themes such as camouflage, warning and weapons of the animals in this context.