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Stage 6 Investigating Science: Depth Study – Observing Animal Behaviour

Year 11 Investigating Science Depth Study


This depth study introduces students to the necessity of observation to drive scientific investigation. Taronga Zoo Sydney is the perfect environment to plan, observe and record animal behaviour. Behavioural observations allow scientists to collect and record data which enables them to test hypothesis to ensure animal wellbeing and survival.

Students will learn about primary data collection through authentic scientific animal observations, guided by zoo scientists and experts. 

Zoo Excursion

  • Presentations / activities delivered by working scientists at the zoo who study animal behaviour.
  • Opportunity to design and conduct ethograms to gather animal behaviour data around the zoo.
  • Presentation delivered by zoo keepers and teachers about using animal observations to help them care for animals (e.g. innate and learnt behaviour, conditioning and enrichment objects).
  • Animal encounters.

This excursion will contribute five hours to a depth study and can be complimented by the pre / post excursion activities. 


Knowledge and Understanding:

  • INS11 – 8 identifies that the collection of primary and secondary data initiates scientific investigations

Working Scientifically:

  • Questioning and predicting INS11-1
  • Communicating INS11-7
  • Planning investigations INS11-2
  • Conducting investigations INS11-3


  • $22 per student
  • 1 adult per 5 students – FREE
  • Additional adults - $36.50


  • Friday 16 March 2018 - Fully Booked
  • Thursday 14 June 2018 - Fully Booked
  • Tuesday 7 August 2018


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