ERIC Number: ED460818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Smithsonian's NOAHS: Keepers of the Ark. The New Explorers.
Sheldon, Louisa; McCoy, Barbara; Leong, Kirsten; Wallace, Gwendolyn; Barwick, Allen; Reymund, Trudi
The New Opportunities in Animal Health Sciences (NOAHS) Center at the National Zoological Park in Washington, DC. is dedicated to expanding understanding of the biological factors, including the critical role of biodiversity, that influence animal survival. This set of activities includes a description of NOAHS and the NOAHS mission, and letters from NOAH staff members to students. Background information reviews the importance of animal reproduction, the genetics of endangered species, and the career of veterinary medicine. Seven classroom activities cover the following topics: (1) the importance of biodiversity, genetic diversity, and cultural diversity in the environment; (2) a programmed lesson in lion survival; (3) the problems zoos face in breeding animals in captivity and how they go about solving these problems; (4) the ways habitat loss and human activity can affect the behavior of a wild animal (Florida panther); (5) personal actions that contribute to solving these problems; and (6) different jobs that involve work with animals. (LZ)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Sponsor: Hattie M. Strong Foundation, Washington, DC.; Department of Energy, Washington, DC.; Howard Hughes Medical Inst., Chevy Chase, MD.; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Zoological Park, Washington, DC.; Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.