On Wednesday, the whole of Year 8 enjoyed a visit to London Zoo as part of their project on biodiversity and conservation.
Prior to the trip, they were introduced to various endangered species on the IUCN Red List and were asked to consider the value of conserving them. Based on BBC’s Horizon episode on ‘Should we close our zoos?’, the girls were asked to argue for and against this motion and arrive at their own conclusion. To help them, they attended a workshop ‘Wildlife under threat?’ run by the Zoo, where they were shown specimens of illegal trade acquired through customs in the UK.
All the girls had great fun seeing a variety of animals for themselves, engaging with the wealth of information there and gathering data for their research. The debate rages on and opinion is divided…we wait and see the final verdict from the girls themselves as they complete their project this term!