School classes 9–10

Man as a consumer and competitor

Many habitats have a huge species diversity. The main enemy is: man. By using examples, we present the richness in the species diversity of a habitat and highlight which effects human intervention has in a balanced ecosystem. We will also explain what measures need to be taken to protect habitats and assess them together.

Subject area:

  • Plants – animals – habitats
  • explaining the anthropogenic changes of a habitat: Species diversity, extinction of species, bio-indicators, recreational behaviour as well as assessing the sustainability of measures of protection and conservation

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)

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.