Snow Leopard Zoo Grounds, Exploration Asia, Gateway to Asia, Alberta, Canada

Virtual Program

Virtual Safari: Exploration Asia

Discover the spectacular animals that call Asia home while being toured by a knowledgeable conservation educator. Our educators will outline curricular connections specific to your student’s level. On this walking safari, explore predator-prey relationships, social dynamics, adaptations for extreme environments, and human impacts. Animals observed may include Amur tigers, Malayan tapir, white-handed gibbons, red pandas, snow leopards, Japanese macaques, and Bactrian camels.

Grades: Kindergarten to grade 12
Length: 60 minutes
Program Times: 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
Capacity: Up to 37 students
Cost: $125


Curricular Connections


  • Demonstrate curiosity, interest, and a willingness to learn about the environment and community

Grade 1

  • Describe some common living things and identify needs of those living things

Grade 2

  • Describe the general structure and life habits of small crawling and flying animals, eg. insects, spiders, worms, slugs; apply this knowledge to interpret local species that have been observed

Grade 3

  • Describe the appearances and life cycles of some common animals and identify their adaptations to different environments
  • Identify requirements for animal care

Grade 4

  • Recognize that human activity can lead to the production of wastes, and identify alternatives for the responsible use and disposal of materials
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills for the study, interpretation, propagation, and enhancement of plant growth

Grade 5

  • Describe the living and nonliving components of a wetland* ecosystem and the interactions within and among them (*wetland ecosystem may not be viewed but Asian habitats will be compared to wetlands)

Grade 6

  • Describe characteristics of trees and the interaction of trees with other living things in the local environment (discuss how our trees are a vital part of the animal habitats)

Grade 7

  • Describe the relationships among knowledge, decisions and actions in maintaining life-supporting environments
  • Monitor a local environment, and assess the impacts of environmental factors on the growth, health and reproduction of organisms in that environment

Grade 8

  • Investigate living things; identify and apply scientific ideas used to interpret their general structure, function, and organization
  • Interpret the healthy function of human body systems, and illustrate ways the body reacts to internal and external stimuli

Grade 9

  • Investigate and interpret diversity among species and within species, and describe how diversity contributes to species survival
  • Investigate the nature of reproductive processes and their role in transmitting species characteristics
  • Identify impacts of human action on species survival and variation within species, and analyze related issues for personal and public decision making

Grade 10

  • Analyze plants as an example of a multicellular organism with specialized structures at the cellular, tissue, and system levels
  • Relate climate to the characteristics of the world’s major biomes, and compare biomes in different regions of the world

Grade 11

  • Bio 20: Explain that the biosphere is composed of ecosystems, each with distinctive biotic and abiotic characteristics
  • Bio 20: Explain the structure of ecosystem trophic levels, using models such as food chains and food webs
  • Sci 14: Analyze a local ecosystem in terms of its biotic and abiotic components, and describe factors of the equilibrium

Grade 12

  • Bio 30: Explain classical geneti.cs at the molecular level
  • Bio 30: Describe a community as a composite of populations in which individuals contribute to a gene pool that can change over time