The students learnt about behaviourism, target training and the use of this in the zoo to enable the staff to carry out health checks and move the animals safely. Students then had a go at training the goats themselves using conditioning with a target ball, a clicker and food.
Students in both Year 10 and 12 then carried out observations to apply their understanding of how to design observational studies to compare animals behaviour. Some students compared behaviour at different times of the day, differences between males and females, differences between juvenile and adults and even differences across sub-species.
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