Self-guided challenge - fighting extinction

Take the Fighting extinction challenge: collaborate and take action

Teachers and students work together to investigate conservation issues, propose solutions, and take meaningful action.


Students should prepare for their research. The big idea, essential question, the challenge and guiding questions are the pre-visit materials that need to be considered and discussed before visiting Melbourne Zoo.

Big idea: Sustainability: wildlife conservation

Essential question: Do zoos help animals in the wild?

The challenge:  Develop your own idea to help wildlife in your home, school or community.

Guiding questions:

  • Should animals be kept in captive environments?
  • Does a visit to Melbourne Zoo help animals in the wild?
  • Are you impacting wildlife in your everyday lifestyle?

Melbourne Zoo activities

  • Investigate an animal at Melbourne Zoo that is threatened and the action you can take to fight its extinction.
  • Keeper talks are a great way to learn firsthand about the challenges our wildlife faces from the people who dedicate their lives to animal protection.

Post visit

Create your own community conservation campaign to help save wildlife. Visit for ideas and inspiration, then share what you have done with us at and we'll put it up on Wild Activists.

Guiding resources

The endangered challenge learning program addresses AusVELS levels 5-10 standards. It supports the cross-curriculum priorities of Sustainability and Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and addresses achievements in the domains of Science, Interpersonal Development, Personal Learning, Civics and Citizenship, English, Humanities, Communication and Thinking Processes.