Year 12 Human Biology – Perth Zoo Excursion

On 6 September 2023, we had the opportunity to visit Perth Zoo as a Human Biology Year 12 class. This trip was an eye-opening experience that allowed us to delve deeper into the worlds of human biology, biology, and conservation. 

The Past and Present Primates Session: 

One of the highlights of our visit was the session in the Perth Zoo Lecture Theatre, titled “Past and Present Primates.” It was an engaging talk about the theory of primate evolution. From early ancestors to the diverse primates we have today, we gained a new appreciation for the classification of lemurs, monkeys, apes, and humans. The educators made this subject come alive, and we left with a better understanding of primate features and adaptations. 

Up Close with Giraffes and Rhinoceroses: 

After the lecture, we had an incredible opportunity to get up close to some magnificent mammals – giraffes and rhinoceroses. Feeding the animals was a highlight. Their gentle nature and towering presence left a lasting impression. These species are currently threatened, and their numbers are in decline due to poaching and illegal trapping. Learning about conservation efforts at Perth Zoo emphasized the importance of opportunities to protect these majestic creatures and preserve biodiversity. 

Miss Ros and Mr Hewson: 

Our amazing teachers, Miss Ros and Mr Hewson, made this trip unforgettable. Their passion for science and human biology was inspiring, and they went above and beyond to ensure we had a meaningful experience. 

In conclusion, our visit to Perth Zoo was an educational adventure that allowed us to connect with biology in a real and tangible way. It reminded us of the importance of conservation and left us with lasting memories and a deeper passion for the natural world. As Year 12 students, this trip was a valuable part of our journey into the world of biology and the importance of protecting our planet’s biodiversity. 

Jordan H – Year 12