Big Cat Workshop Information


Choose a topic and participate in an interactive and fun Big Cat Workshop with one of our educators.

An exciting opportunity to learn all about our resident cats and the big cat world. Choose a topic and participate in an interactive and fun education session with one of our educators, enhanced with big cat artefacts.  Big Cat Workshops last around 3 hours and begin at 11:30am. The workshop part of our day lasts approximately 1 hour and is followed by time for lunch (please note we do not provide lunch). The students are then taken on a tour of the magnificent big cats that live at the sanctuary, lasting approximately 1 hour.

Big Cat Workshops are priced at £17.50 per child (pricing may vary for smaller groups). 1 adult may attend free of charge with every 6 paying children. Maximum group size is 35 students.

Please contact us directly to discuss booking an educational visit. Workshops are only offered Tuesday —Friday and are based on a first come, first served basis. Call us on 01233 439150 or email [email protected]

Roars, Paws and Claws


Overview

Learn about the big cats, where they are found and what adaptations help them to live there. Compare the differences in big cat paws, tails, fur, and much more, investigating how each adaptation helps them to survive in habitats worldwide. Students handle and look closely at replica skulls, claws and teeth and consider the differences between them. Opportunities are given for questioning and discussions.

Suitable for foundation & key stage 1.

Helping Habitats


Overview

Discover how big cat species have adapted to live all over the globe using our interactive world map game. Study the different habitat types around the world and decide which big cats are adapted to live in each. Then investigate why big cat habitats are disappearing and what conservationists are doing to help! Students can handle and look closely at replica skulls, claws and teeth to determine differences in big cat species. Seized HMRC items are also available for the students to investigate. Opportunities are given for questioning and discussions.

Suitable for key stages 1, 2 & 3.

Food Webs


Overview

Learn what big cats eat and how they have adapted to be successful hunters. Students will be shown examples of basic food chains using the big and small cats found at The Big Cat Sanctuary. We will then test the students understanding of our session using an interactive game focussed on African ecosystems. Students can handle and look closely at replica skulls, claws and teeth to help them better understand the physical properties of the big cats. Confiscated HMRC items are also on show for students to investigate. Opportunities are given for questioning and discussions.

Suitable for key stages 1 & 2.

Rainforests


Overview

This workshop focuses on rainforests, a crucial habitat type for some of the worlds most threatened big cats. Learn about where we find rainforests, different layers in a rainforest and the animals you might find in each layer. We then discover why rainforests are disappearing and what we can do to help save them. Students can handle and look closely at replica skulls, claws and teeth to determine differences in big cat species. Seized HMRC items are also available for the students to investigate. Opportunities are given for questioning and discussions.

Suitable for key stages 2 & 3.

Conservation


Overview

We will introduce you to the different big cat species and discover how threatened each is using our interactive IUCN red list game. Investigate the major threats to global big cat populations and learn why so many are endangered. See what is happening worldwide to help secure a future for big cats and how we can do our bit to help at home! Students can handle and look closely at replica skulls, claws and teeth to determine differences in big cat species. Seized HMRC items are also available for the students to investigate. Opportunities are given for questioning and discussions.

Suitable for key stages 2, 3 & 4.

*NEW* Native Cats


Overview

Learn all about the wild cat species on our doorstep, their habitats and threats. Initially we will focus on the Eurasian Lynx and their role as a keystone species within temperate habitats, going into detail about the effect a potential reintroduction of this species to the UK, may have on our ecosystem. We will then learn about the elusive Scottish Wildcat and the threats our only native cat species are facing!

Suitable for key stages 3 & 4.