Animals use a wide range of different strategies to successfully reproduce – some straightforward, others quite unusual.

Melbourne Zoo’s pedagogy aligns with best practice approaches for VCE Biology and has a strong focus on collaborative learning and developing inquiry skills. Students will explore the reproductive diversity of multicellular organisms including methods of sexual and asexual reproduction. Encounters with mammals enable students to explore the various adaptations that allow monotremes, marsupials and eutherians to successfully reproduce. Students also have the opportunity to explore the differences between oviparous and ovoviviparous reptiles.

The reproductive strategies of endangered species, particularly the orangutan, will be investigated and students will learn how these strategies guide Zoos Victoria’s captive breeding programs.

The Reproduction learning program is designed to address the area of study and outcomes in VCE Biology Unit 1: Unity and diversity - Area of study 2: Functioning organisms.

This program can be used to meet the requirements of the School Assessed Coursework (SAC).

Program details

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Year level 
VCE
Duration 
90 minutes
Cost 
$18.10 per student
Student ratio 
1 adult to 10 students
Availability 
By appointment
Program type 
Zoo educator led