Maintain the [Animal] 8+
Maintain the [Animal] 8+: is a project-based learning experience that turns secondary students into conservationists. While teachers help students understand the tasks that need to be completed for their projects, students are primarily working together in groups. Students study the work of famous geneticists and conservationists like Gregor Mendel, Jane Goodall, and Stephen O’Brien, while also learning about the role of genetics in animal conservation. Student teams research one of 6 species in the Kansas City Zoo’s collection to develop a studbook with breeding recommendations, just like the ones used by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Students showcase their work in a conservation documentary.