1. we will be learning about the issues surrounding the ethical treatment of animals–in the food industry, the pet industry, and zoos and aquariums.
2. Learn about pets shops. Where are the puppies found? What are puppy mills and what they do?
3. Observe the habitats of animals at the Bronx Zoo. Compare and contrast early zoo exhibits with present day exhibits?
4. Examine present day open spaced zoo concepts. How are Zoo exhibit Designs made?
5. What are safe and Humane practices of animals living on a farm?
6. How are pet animals treated? How can be play with pet animals?
6. How are marine animals treated in an Aquarium? How can we interact with marine animals?

Riaad Etheridge
Joanne Ristau

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We met a penguin named Pam. Pam was four years old. penguins that live in the aquarium usually live their life double

Students: Daniel Cortez, Dylan Batista, Regina Chen, Alan Dimas, Gaurav Gupta, Christopher Piedra, Jamling Sherpa, Chelsea Cosquillo, Melanie Fernandez, Leslie Guana, Ivan Ng, Destiny Ortiz, Nila Daniels, Hernan Heras, Mariela Hicks, Nina Ossio, Gabriela Recalde, Aasim Syed, Tenzin Wosel.

Schedule of Activities:

Schedule: Activity Aim/Intended Learning Outcome Practicum Experience and Out of School Trips Multimedia Component Writing Component
Monday, October 23 Students will visit a farm that has safe & humane practices with their animals. This will serve as a contrast for when the students read about the inhumane practices of factory farming Queens County Farm Museum: 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Queens 11004 http://www.queensfarm.org/programs-children.html Take pictures of the animals, especially the hens In student notebook: describe how the animals are treated at the farm, especially the hens/chickens
Tuesday, October 24 Observe the habitats of animals at the Bronx Zoo. Examine the pros and cons of a zoo (this will be part of the reflection/debriefing AFTER the field trip is over) Bronx Zoo: https://bronxzoo.com/field-trips; Location-2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx NY 10460 (718) 220 – 5100 Take pictures of key sites In student notebook: Interview with a zookeeper – Please tell us about your role & responsibilities at the zoo. – How do the animals’ needs get addressed at the zoo? – In what ways are the animals’ lives enriched at the Bronx Zoo? – Describe some of the natural habitats at the zoo that are maintained for the animals living here.
Wednesday, October 25 Observe the habitats of animals at the Atlantis Marine World. Penguin Meet & Greet; examine the pros and cons of an aquarium. Atlantis Marine World, LLC; 431 E. Main Street, Riverhead, nY 11901 Take pictures of key sites In student notebook: Interview with a marine world-keeper – Please tell us about your role & responsibilities at the aquarium. – How do the animals’ needs get addressed at the aquarium? – In what ways are the animals’ lives enriched at the aquarium? – Describe some of the natural habitats at the aquarium that are maintained for the animals living here.
Thursday, October 26 Group Community Building Jackson Heights restaurant
Friday, October 27 Work on our presentation for this afternoon’s Rensizzle Fair.

Schedule of Activities:
Visit the Queens Farm Museum.
Today we went to visit The Queens farm museum.When we got there we met our tour guide named Jessica. She told us that the difference between animal rights and animal welfare is that animal rights is more extreme, where you can’t eat animals and animal welfare is less extreme. We first looked at bulls and we learned that after they were called Steer after they are neutered. We were then told we were going to go on a hayride. While waiting for the hayride, we went to go look at the chickens. We learned that a hen can lay one egg a day or 7 a week. After that we got on the hayride, where we sat in straw. Straw use to be hay but dried up so they couldn’t feed it to the animals anymore. If animals were to eat the dried hay, they’re stomach would twist, causing a stomach ache. Then we learned about bees. We learned that there are worker bees, drone bees, and the queen. The queen never leaves the hive. Worker bees will go out and and pollinate the plants and flowers and collect nectar. All the nectar they’re hiding is in a separate stomach. They make honey comb out of saliva and use they’re wings to dehydrate it, which makes the honey sticky and thick. After that, we went to see the pigs. Pigs don’t have sweat glands so when they get hot, they roll in dirt and mud to cool off. Pigs are the strongest and smartest animals. They had to put an electric wire around the field so the pigs don’t escape, even though the area they kept the pigs in was fairly small. Then we went to feed the goats. Goats have rectangular shaped pupils which gives them almost 360 vision. They are prey animals which is why they need the 360 vision. Unlike humans, goats have more than one compartment in their stomach. The goats had more space than the pigs, but they also had a fairly small space. Goat milk and cheese is believed to be healthier than cow milk because there’s no lactate. We looked at the sheep next. We learned that sheep are actually fireproof because of they’re wool or skin. Mutton is sheep that is more than one year old and lamb is below one year old. Lastly, while we were looking at the other breed of goats, we learned that sometimes they have to isolate some animals if they seem off because they could have a disease or parasite, and they wouldn’t want that animal to spread it to the others. They make sure they’re okay and well.
Visit the Bronx Zoo.
Today we went to the Bronx Zoo. Our main objective was to see if the animals that at the zoo were taken care of. The visit included a formal class room session in which we were shown two of the zoo’s animals that were prepared for viewing. We were shown photos from the past (1899) and current situations on how exhibits were and are displayed. It was quite evident that the past exhibits in the early 1900’s up to about the 50’s animals were confined in cages in small areas with concrete floors for easy cleaning. Today the exhibits more mimic the animal’s natural environment. In the classroom we were able to see a desert fox and a New York State rat snake and interact with them. We then went to Madagascar to see that exhibit and were able to see these unique animals. There were different lemurs, alligators, cockroaches, boas, tortoises which are so different due to Madagascar being an island and animals became isolated, so they had different types of mutations.
Visit the Long Island Aquarium
Today we went to The Long Island Aquarium. As for all the other days the main objective was animal welfare (how their treated) and animal rights. At the main entrance of the aquarium they had a sting ray pool which we were allowed to touch and feed. the visit included a classroom visit were there was a employee, her name was Michelle. Michelle showed us a African penguin name was Pam. Something we learned about Pam is that the kind of penguin she is “African penguin” is actually close to extinction. The reason as to why the aquarium has Pam is because someone was smuggling her mom to the U.S, they got a call from animal Services to go and get her.

Some observations of the facilities we visited

Queens Farm Museum Bronx Zoo Long Island Aquarium Alley Pond(Came with animals at the school)
Animal are not being bred on the farm Animals have reasonable amount of space when compared to the early mid 1900’s. You can interact with the animals. A research facility
Some animals have lots of space while others are not Some animals seen pacing Not a big facility so animals have little space. Have limited amounts of birds and animals.
Solar electric fence confine pigs Endangered species are housed here. Animals seems happy because you can feed them. It is a rescue center.
Male animals are castrated. Scientists are studying some of the animals. Animals and birds are very friendly. They come to the class room to have students interact with the animals.
Not a wide range of animals. Animals are being bred here. It is a rescue center for animals and birds.

Alpaca at the Queens Farm Museum. It did not try to spit at us!


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Lemurs that live in dry parts of Madagascar.
John at the Bronx Zoo showing us a NYS rat non poisonous snake.