Why do zoologists collect animal specimens for research? And, how many animals is enough? Explore both sides of a current debate in the scientific community using a video that is part of a larger playlist on mammals. Topics include where specimen animals come from, why scientists keep so many animals, and what we learn about animal and human populations from the research.
- Use the video to spark a discussion about animal specimen collection and study
- Extend the lesson by making copies of both arguments discussed in the video, then have pupils choose a side and write their own arguments
- Younger students may not be aware that museums contain animal collections, so go over this idea briefly before watching the video
- The resource presents a clear, educated rebuttal to the claim that collecting animals for study is negatively impacting their populations
- Examples used in the video are very relatable for school-aged viewers