Zoo Debate

Wallaby stands on hind legs while surrounded by other wallabies in grassy enclosure

Session Outline

The students will have a friendly debate for or against keeping animals in zoos.

They will have to consider aspects such as facts versus opinions and how to see things from another person’s perspective.

The educator will facilitate the debate and provide the facts for the argument.


  • Understand the difference between a fact and an opinion.

  • Critical thinking about the benefits of zoos for conservation and education.

  • To have a controlled debate with your peers.


Curriculum Links

Biology (KS4)

  • Interpreting information about the natural world; to understand the world around them.
  • Topics may include the following: Evolution, adaptations, human influence on the environment, extinction, breeding/genetics.

English (KS4)

  • Spoken Language: Pupils should be taught to understand and use the conventions for discussion and debate; working collaboratively with their peers.