In this activity, students take on the role of a native frog, native bird or introduced mammalian predator and participate in a physically active simulation. The activity highlights different predator/prey strategies and one aspect of why mammalian predators have had such a dramatic effect in New Zealand.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • give examples of different strategies used by predators to capture prey as well as defence strategies used by prey to avoid predation
  • describe some of the unique features of New Zealand frogs
  • better understand why introduced mammalian predators have had such a dramatic effect in New Zealand.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • instructions on what you need and what to do
  • discussion questions
  • activity area set-up.

Useful links

Visit the NZFROG website for more information about our native frogs and their conservation
www.nzfrogs.org/

    Published 18 January 2010