Primary Yr4-8 : Pests & Predators

Primary Yr4-8 : Pests & Predators
From NZD $9.50
  • Duration: 150 Minutes (approx.)
  • Location: Karori, Wellington
  • Product code: PGVXS7


Students learn about the ecological role and effect of endemic, native & introduced predators in New Zealand, the strategies of their prey and the methods used by people to manage introduced pest species.

Overview: For millions of years, native & endemic species had to worry about eyes in the skies. Then our ancestors arrived, and with them came predators that hunt using their keen sense of smell.

Students will learn about predators - native, endemic and introduced - and how New Zealand's species are or are not – adapted to resist predation. They’ll also learn about what individuals and communities can do to manage introduced pest species and the impact this can have.

Session Type: Facilitated 2.5 hour session consisting of an interactive indoor activity and a ~2 hour guided walk in smaller groups. With ZEALANDIA Educators the students will:

  • - Experience the rich native biodiversity that is possible in a sanctuary environment free of introduced predators.

  • - Consider the differences between native and introduced predators.

  • - Learn about how pest species are monitored and managed in the sanctuary and around New Zealand.

  • - Witness the dramatic story of New Zealand’s natural history in the Zealandia exhibition.

  • - Explore ways in which native species avoid predation and the challenges introduced predators present to many of them.

  • - Discuss long-term projects like Zealandia and Predator Free NZ 2050.

Curriculum links: Science, Social Sciences.

Suitable for: Yr 4-8

Duration: 2.5 hours

Timeslots: 9.30am - 12pm, or 10.30am - 1.00pm, or 12.00pm - 2.30pm

Numbers: Minimum 10 students. Maximum 60 students.

Available to: Domestic and international students enrolled at or billeted through a New Zealand school.

Cost: Students $9.50 each. For every four (4) students you are able to bring one (1) adult free of charge. Additional adults will be charged $24 pp.

 Photo credit : Janice McKenna