Tiger Tales

Tiger Tales offers students VCE students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Unit 4 Biology content through the context of tigers.

Presented by Melbourne Zoo and Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC), biology students will examine the concept of a species and explore the use of various techniques in the determination of evolutionary relationships between tiger subspecies.

Students will gain in the field experience at Melbourne Zoo, examining population genetic concepts including bottlenecks, genetic drift, genetic diversity and founder effects on wild and captive breeding populations. They will be challenged to consider the impact of these effects in the management and conservation of endangered subspecies.

Using wet lab tasks and bioinformatics tools at GTAC, students will explore how molecular homology is used to distinguish between subspecies of tigers.

Travelling between the two venues is required. Options include walking (30 minutes), taking a tram down Royal Parade or using transport provided by your school. Sufficient time is provided for travel between the two venues.

Learning Outcomes

The material presented throughout the program is suitable as a basis for the School Assessed Coursework (SAC) in VCE Biology Unit 4: Area of study 2.

Zoos Victoria Education aligns with best practice teaching and learning strategies for VCE Biology and has a strong focus on collaborative learning and developing inquiry skills.

Our educational experiences cater for students of all learning needs.

Program details

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Year level 
Year 12
Limit 50 students per conference
Full Day (8:45am to 3.15pm)
$55 per student
Student ratio 
1 free teacher for every 10 students
5th to 9th September 2016
What to bring 
Students should bring their own lunch (morning tea is provided) and be appropriately dressed for any weather.

To book call 1300 966 784 (select option 2).

Payment required within 14 days of booking. A receipt and confirmation will be emailed upon payment.