Extinction Who's to Blame? Tour

Get your students thinking about and debating the issues surrounding climate change, sustainability and stewardship.

Students in the Reading Area looking at handling objects

At the Museum

Important Information

All groups who are coming to the Museum must book their visit with the Bookings Office.

All tours and workshops must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

On this tour you can:

  • Explore the collection and discuss the extinction of species on display such as the giant Irish deer and thylacine.
  • Learn about the re-introduction programme that has brought a top predator back to Ireland after it was lost from the Island for over one hundred years.
  • Hear how the wolf became locally extinct in Ireland and listen to the unique story of our wolf while examining it's skin on display at the Discovery Zone
  • See up close invasive species living in Ireland that are to be regulated as part of the new European Commission implementation plan.
  • Hear how one of Ireland's critically endangered species is high on the list of illegally traded wildlife.
  • Discover the different species of animals on exhibit at the Museum that are facing endangerment including the rhinoceros, tigers and gorillas. 
  • Discuss the threats to species and their environments and the role of Museums.

Maximum 30 per group. Duration 60 minutes.

This tour is not wheelchair accessible. With advanced notification the tour can be adapted to take place on the ground floor only for groups with mobility issues.

Key Curriculum Links

Junior Certificate

Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) Action Project, Concepts Stewardship and Development

Environmental and Social Studies (ESS) Section 2: People in their Environments

Transition Year

Transition Units e.g. Environmental Studies/ Environmental Awareness and Care/ Debating Development (Climate Change).

Leaving Certificate

Biology (1.4. General Principles of Ecology; 1.5. A Study of an Ecosystem)

Geography (Elective Unit 4: Patterns and processes in economic activities, Optional Unit 6: Global interdependence, Optional Unit 7: Geoecology)