Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Project Water Rat is came to an end for 2013 with the students coming together at the Zoo for an expo to showcase their projects and to share their knowledge and learnings with each other and the community.
During the past four months students from Bunniyong Public and South Dubbo Public Schools have been participating in Project Water Rat, gaining an understanding about the habitat requirements for these animals, threats to the Water Rat and local environmental and river health issues.
Students have participated in field days, learning about water quality, habitat, fishing responsibly as well as continuing on with their projects during school hours through curriculum based subjects.
“The Expo provides students with an opportunity to share knowledge and projects with other schools as well as parents and the local community,” said the Zoo’s Senior Education Officer, Kristy Robberts.
“The students have been so enthusiastic and have brought together some great ideas and concepts to communicate their message to the community.”
“Following each group that goes through the program, I am always amazed at how much the students learn about the environment and how they communicate with their families to help raise awareness for the species.”
Both Bunniyong Public School and South Dubbo Public School students have worked hard to help get the message out there about protecting our waterways and the animals that call it home.