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June 2012
Contents / home
Hornbills get taste of the wild
International Year of the Rhino
DIY: Build a bat box
Holiday courses
Biodiversity Youth Symposium
Community produce animal food
Debunking myths around owls
Air Force knee deep in mud!
NZG display draws crowds
Solving wildebeest dilemma
Tick-borne disease mystery
Inspiring aspirant vets
ZooClub in scientific mode
Science going places
Talkin' about takins
Conservation Grapevine

Holiday courses!

  Learners will participate in many fun activities.
  Meet the mammals - this practical course helps learners understand the variety and adaptations of mammals.
  While studying birds, learners also participate in fun activities such as painting eggs and making a bird feeder.
  Learners get acquainted with the National Zoo's farm animals.
  Learners will be introduced to various species of reptiles housed in the Zoo.
Need to keep the children occupied in the June - July school holidays? Why not enrol them in one of our exciting and fun-filled holiday courses?

Bringing Knowledge to Life
This exciting three-day course is aimed at learners from grade 10 - 12. Discover the wonders of our living world! Topics such as biomimicry, biotechnology, palaeontology and veterinary science will be covered. The learners will participate in exciting hands-on science activities in order to improve their performance and skills in Life Science.
Fee: R150-00
English: 03 - 05 July

Junior Nature Conservator
This five-day course, which is presented to learners in grades 7 - 11, provides an opportunity for them to be acquainted with the animals in the Zoo. Learners will have an opportunity to work with conservators as well as with our farm animals. After completion of the course, learners may join the ZooClub and work as volunteers at the National Zoo. All learners will receive a T-shirt and a certificate.
Fee: R200-00 per child
English: 25 - 29 June
English: 02 - 06 July
English: 09 - 13 July

Meet the Birds
This course is offered to grade R - 3 learners, who will learn about the characteristics of birds with the emphasis on external features. While studying the bills, feet and feathers they will be engaged in many fun activities. They will learn about birds' nests and paint camouflage eggs. At the end of the day they should be able to identify 20 birds. They will also build a bird feeder to attract birds to their gardens at home.
Fee: R70-00
Afrikaans: 25 June; 10 July
English: 26 June; 04 July

The World of Reptiles
This one-day course for grade 4 - 7 learners is about the fascinating variety of reptiles, and will also feature a demonstration of live snakes. Some important aspects of snake behaviour and the adaptations of various reptiles will be taught.
Fee: R70.00
Afrikaans: 26 June; 09 July
English: 02 July; 10 July

Scavenger Hunt
This course is offered to grade 4 - 7 learners who will explore, investigate and collect data of different species of animals, such as their location, feeding habits and general behaviour. Learners will participate in a comprehensive treasure hunt based on selected animals housed in the Zoo.
Fee: R70.00
Afrikaans: 06 July; 12 July
English: 29 June; 13 July

Meet the Mammals
This one-day course is offered to learners in grades R - 3, who will learn about the various types of mammals in the zoo. They will explore their feeding habits and the features that make mammals unique. This practical course is designed to help learners understand the variety and adaptations of mammals.
Fee: R70.00
Afrikaans: 27 June; 05 July
English: 03 July; 11 July

An Introduction to Bird Identification
This course is offered to learners in grades 4 - 7. The aim is to excite the learners about bird watching. They will learn the basics of bird watching through practical activities and multi-media programmes. They will also learn more about the habitats, adaptations and role of birds in the environment. If you have your own binoculars, please bring them along.
Fee: R70-00
Afrikaans: 28 June; 04 July
English: 27 June; 05 July; 12 July

Amazing Reptiles
This course is offered to learners in grades R - 3, who will be introduced to various species of reptiles housed in the Zoo. The characteristics and adaptation of reptiles will be explored during the course. Learners will be taught skills to analyse the external features of reptiles.
Fee: R70.00
Afrikaans: 29 June; 03 July; 13 July
English: 25 June; 09 July

Monkey Tricks
This course, which is offered to grade R - 3 learners, aims to teach them about identification of primates, their communication, adaptation to feeding and enrichment programmes in the Zoo.
Fee: R70-00
Afrikaans: 02 July; 11 July
English: 28 June; 06 July

All courses start promptly at 08:00 and end at 16:00 unless otherwise indicated. Children should please bring their own lunch or make use of the National Zoo's restaurant facilities.

Bookings are essential:
Tel: 012 328 3265 x 173
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