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Discover the Amazing World of Mammals

Course enrollment will be available for this course once it is scheduled.

Course Description

Did you know that some mammals lay eggs? Have you ever wondered what the lemurs and zebras have in common? Do you know what is the only marsupial found in North America?

Humans are mammals, but what makes us mammals? What do we have in common with the gigantic blue whales or the flying bats who are also mammals? Throughout the week, you will explore the life of this fascinating group of animals to become a young mammologist (an expert in mammals)!

This class will explore the main mammalian groups, from those who lay eggs, to those that keep their babies in a pouch and those that nourish their babies through a placenta. Did you know that some monkeys live in the snowy mountains of Japan and frequently visit hot-springs? Yes, not all monkeys live in the Amazon forest or Africa. In this course you will learn about the distribution of mammals around the world, and how the environment where they live determines how they look and what they do. Dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago; did you know that their extinction had a big impact on the evolution of mammals? Tigers, rhinos, and big apes are all mammals that are currently facing issues that endanger their survival. In this course you will study current threats to the survival of mammal species and what we can do to help them.

Have you ever wondered how mammalogists study nocturnal mammals such as bats, or fast and small mammals such as mice? Mammologists need to know the techniques used to collect accurate information about small and large mammals.

At the end of this course, students will apply their recently acquired knowledge during our visit to the Roger Williams Park Zoo and Museum of Natural History.

  • Students will acquire a basic understanding of the natural history, ecology, distribution, and conservation of mammals.
  • This course will help students better understand many aspects in the biology of Homo sapiens.
  • Students will understand the importance of mammals for maintaining services and functions associated with sustaining a balanced ecosystem and how many species provide humans with a large variety of resources.
  • This course provides fundamental information that prepares students for introductory ecology and evolution, zoology, vertebrate biology and wildlife management courses.

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