Pakanga me ngā Kararehe – Animals at War

  • Terms 1-4
  • $7 per student (or $3 when in-conjunction with another lesson)
  • Army Museum
  • 1 hour
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This programme is for the following year groups: Year 1-3 , Year 4-6, Year 7-8.

What roles did animals have? What was the significance of these roles? How were these animals treated? What did animals need to receive in order to survive war? Why did soldiers have mascots? Explore the museum animal trail.

Animals at War Activity Trail

From war horses to wandering turtles, discover the amazing creatures who’ve helped out soldiers at war. Follow the trail through the Museum to find hidden artefacts and earn war medal stamps along the way!

Try out this Animals at War Codebreaker to reveal the secret message.

Animals at War Stories

You may be surprised to know that men and women weren’t the only ones who served their country during wartime. In fact many animals took part as well. These hard-working and respected creatures carried out important roles including mascots, messengers and first-aid assistants. To find out more about the brave animals who’ve helped our New Zealand soldiers, listen to some of the National Army Museum’s Animals at War stories below.

Click on one of the thumbnails to view an Animals at War story.



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