Secondary Yr9-13 : Pests & Predators: Managing Mammals

Secondary Yr9-13 :  Pests & Predators: Managing Mammals
From NZD $9.50
  • Duration: 150 Minutes (approx.)
  • Location: Karori, Wellington
  • Product code: P9M9ZX


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

Overview: For millions of years, our 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 Zealands 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:

  • - Learn about the strategies used by native and introduced species to find food.
  • - Explore ways in which organisms resist predation and browsing.
  • - Consider the challenge introduced predators present to many of our native species.
  • - 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.
  • - Discuss socioscientific issues such as Predator Free 2050 and the use of traps and poisons.

Curriculum links: Science, Social Sciences, Technology.

Suitable for: Yr 9-13

Duration: 2.5 hours

Timeslots: 9.30am - 12pm, or 10.30am - 1.00pm, or 12.15pm - 2.45pm, or 1.30pm - 4pm

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 : Satyaki Hosmane