Year 7 science lessons took on an exciting new dimension as we visited a variety of wildlife preservation and observation parks. On Wednesday 3rd June, we visited the Tembe Elephant Park in Maputaland, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. By means of a web-cam set in the park, the animals can be constantly observed from a vantage point near a small lake. We were able to scan through a 12 hour period covering night and day. Night time images are rendered in black and white using an infra-red camera. Besides the elephants, many other wild animals, including deer, hyena and giraffes were spotted. Students kept a log of activities by the hour.
On Thursday, 4th June we were transported virtually to China to the Shenshuping Gengda Panda Center. Here the webcams show a 12 hour period, with the added benefit of highlights. We could see baby pandas playing, eating bamboo and climbing trees; however their main activity, we noted, was sleeping!
Finally, on Friday, 5th June, we were ‘back’ in the UK and were welcomed to Longleat Safari Park courtesy of their online tour. While the park is closed to the public, Longleat offers three fascinating tour choices which include include meerkats, red pandas, Californian sea lions, koalas and giant otters. Mr Zdzienski, Teacher of Science