Science & Nature
African Animals: The Ugly Five
Visitors to South Africa are always keen to see the country's celebrated Big Five – neglecting a wealth of other animals. In this class, students will learn about Africa's Ugly Five [conservation, ecology, biology, zoology]
Shelby van der Merwe MBPsS
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Have you heard of the African Big Five? The Big Five is made up of the lion, leopard, African buffalo, rhinoceros, and the African elephant. Many people visit Africa hoping to see these magnificent animals. South Africa is the home to more than 20,000 different plants and a wide variety of mammals too. It is ranked sixth out of the world's 17 mega-diverse countries. Therefore, South Africa has a lot more to offer than these five animals. In this class, we will be learning about some of the...
Students will learn about some of the less-famous wildlife that can be found in South Africa.
I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with a specialisation in counselling. In the past, I have worked in primary and high schools offering individual & group counselling, life skills courses, and psychometric testing. I am currently working at a primary school as a learning support assistant. My interests lie in child development and mental health awareness. I have also always had a passion for wildlife and have done extensive research on all of my class topics.
Please could your child prepare to introduce themselves by comparing themselves to one animal. For example: "My name is Shelby and I think I'm like a bottle nose dolphin because they swim really fast".
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This class includes discussions about conservation status and poaching. There are also mentions of animals eating other animals. No graphic images are shown.
The material used in class has been compiled using dependable sources and my personal knowledge from growing up and living in South Africa for many years.
Shelby van der Merwe MBPsS
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252 total reviews
228 completed classes
Hello! My name is Shelby. I am from South Africa but am currently living in London. I love travelling around the world and meeting new people. I have a passion for education and working with children. I have a Bachelor's degree (with Honours) in...