School classes 7–8

Guided sessions about select types of species/systematics

Fish – amphibians – reptiles

This guided session is divided into three parts: At first, pupils learn all about the fish: Fins, scales, gills, swim bladder, lateral line organ and adaptions. In the second part, the group gets an overview of comparing fishes, amphibians and reptiles with one another in the Zoo School and while ashore. The third and final part will lead us again into the Aquarium, this time to the amphibians and reptiles.

Variations: You can even book a guided session that focuses just on one area (fish, amphibians or reptiles) and also choose between a period of 3 or 1.5 hours.

Subject area:
• Plants – animals – habitats
• Exploring and documenting the adaptedness of an animal to its habitat
• Identifying interactions: Life in water and on land, physique, behaviour, reproduction, development, feeding relationships

The diversity of invertebrate animals

It is a fact that 95–99 % of all animal species are invertebrates, so this is why we want to demonstrate the great diversity of invertebrates to the pupils in this guided session. They also learn, among other things, to differentiate between the many different groups of animals.

Subject area:
• Identifying animals and their typical characteristics
• Exploring and documenting the adaptedness of an animal to its habitat
• Living organisms and interactions.

Adapting to habitats

Specialists underwater

The pupils get an insight into the general structure of a fish during a tour through the Aquarium. They then explore the specialist means of how the water inhabitants are able to adapt.

Subject area:
• Behaviour and the natural environment

The reef

Reefs exert a great appeal over humans and are a popular destination for divers – but at the same time they are also one of the most especially prone ecosystems on Earth. The pupils will discover the interaction of different living organisms and get to know the various species by observing our most beautiful display aquariums. We will also discuss the impacts of anthropogenic interventions critically in the group.

Subject area: Cohabitation

On the go with the research team


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.