Comparative Anatomy of Mammals

Grades 9-12
Program length: 90 minutes
Fee: $125 (ZMD $100)
Offered September through April

Delve deeper into one of the most fascinating and diverse groups of vertebrates on the planet: mammals. Students will compare and contrast the anatomy of different mammalian orders with the use of teeth, skulls, hides, fur, and much more. This course will allow hands-on investigation of mammals in a way not found anywhere else.
Missouri Biology Course Level Expectations: III-1E a, b; VII-1C a

Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates

Grades 9-12
Program length: 90 minutes
Fee: $125 (ZMD $100)
Offered September through April

Through a series of investigations, students will discover the distinct adaptations that make the subphylum Vertebrata a fascinating group of animals. This course is capable of providing an introduction to the topic or serving as an assessment of your students' knowledge of vertebrate groups.
Missouri Biology Course Level Expectations: III-1E a, b; VII-1C a

Biodiversity

Grades 9-12
Program length: 90 minutes
Fee: $125 (ZMD $100)
Offered September through May

It is no secret that animal species all across the globe are increasingly at risk of extinction. Thus, it is important to know about biodiversity and how to protect it. We will look at locations of the greatest diversity, how varied types of life survive in the same ecosystems, and the major threats. Using inquiry-based activities, biofacts, and live animals, we will also look at ways scientists are working to protect animal diversity.
Missouri Biology Course Level Expectations: IV-1A a, b, 1B b, 1C a, 1D a, b

Study of Animal Behavior

Grades 9-12
Program length: 90 minutes
Fee: $125 (ZMD $100)
Offered September through March

Animal behavior is the scientific study of everything that animals do. The Saint Louis Zoo applies animal behavior research in its conservation efforts both at the Zoo and in the field. In this class, students will learn the basics of animal behavior, various sampling methods and some information about specific behavior studies going on at the Zoo. This program includes guided observation of one select animal group.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: VII-1A c, d, 1B c, f; VIII-3D b

Zoo Careers

Grades 9-12
Program length: 45 minutes
Fee: $70 (ZMD $55)
Offered September through May

Through activities and live animal contact, students will become familiar with some of the various careers at the Zoo. Students will learn about the skills and educational backgrounds required of animal keepers, Zoo veterinarians and other Zoo professionals and what they can start doing now to work towards a Zoo career.
Missouri Biology Course Level Expectations: IV-1A a, 3B b; VII-1A d

Conservation at the Zoo and Beyond

9th - College
Program length: 90 minutes
Fee: $125 (ZMD $100)
Offered September through May

We will focus on how the Saint Louis Zoo works cooperatively with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and international institutions to conserve species around the world. Come learn about AZA programs that the Saint Louis Zoo participates in, and the Zoo's WildCare Institute. Use of biofacts, live animals, and an inquiry-based activity will complete this class.

Design Your Own Lab

9th - College
Program length: 45 to 90minutes
Fee: varies dependent on class design and length
Offered September through April

Are you looking for a program to meet your students' specific needs? Using the Zoo's large and diverse collection of animal artifacts, teachers can work with our Zoo staff to design a lab tailored for your students. This class must take place on Zoo grounds and can be taught by Zoo staff or by the classroom teacher. Live animal presentations by Zoo staff can also be incorporated into the program for an additional fee.

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College Lab

College Level
Program length: 90 minutes
Fee: $125 (ZMD $100)
Offered September through April

Amphibian and Reptilian Orders
This course is designed for students studying herpetology. Using the Zoo's resources, students will compare and contrast the anatomy of amphibian and reptilian orders.

Mammalian Orders
This discussion of mammalian orders is designed for students enrolled in a college-level mammalogy course. With the use of animal artifacts and biofacts, students will compare and contrast the anatomy of different mammalian orders.