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Digital Program | Call of the Wild

Year levels

Year 5, Year 6


$180 per class of 30 students


Online workshop: Monday to Wednesday

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 30 students


Adaptations, Animal Features, Australian Animals, Biodiversity, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Food Chains / Webs, Human Impact

Lead your students to become good global citizens by answering the Call of the Wild.

Program description

Each program includes a 30-minute online workshop with a Zoo Teacher and a teaching guide filled with activities for your scope and sequence. While not a tour of the zoo, you will have direct access to your own expert Zoo Teacher and unique zoo content.

Call of the Wild encourages students to consider the human impact on wildlife and what they can do to be a more sustainable citizen and save species. Students will observe animals, listen to keeper talks and talk with zoo staff. Informed by their learning, students will be challenged to answer the question, “How might we save a species?”

Students will learn: 

  • About animal features and adaptations
  • About threats to wildlife and their habitats
  • How to join the fight against extinction with Zoos Victoria by adopting behaviours that make them a wildlife friendly Victorian

Want to come face-to-face with our incredible wildlife and extend your students' learning in their environment? Book in an excursion to one of our three amazing zoos.

Program sequence

Before your online workshop


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide and Workbook (below) to spark students curiosity before their online workshop. 

During your online workshop

Connect and Understand 

Students will discover the diversity and uniqueness of wildlife, as well as the threats animals face in the wild. Students will take the lead in their own inquiry to delve into real life conservation issues and the impact that humans are having on species’ survival.  

After your online workshop


Use activities in the Teaching Guide and Workbook to deepen students’ learning. 


Use the teaching guide to enable students to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts. 

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 5-6


Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074) 

  • Students will have the opportunity to observe an animals structural features and adaptations. Zoo Teachers will facilitate discussion about how these features help them to survive in their environment 

The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075) 

  • Students will learn about what impact humans are having on different species’ environment and be challenged to become a more sustainable and wildlife friendly global citizen 

Describe and explain interconnections within places and between places, and the effects of these interconnections (VCGGC087) 

  • Through student led learning students will learn about what impacts humans are having on environments over time and how that can effect places and interconnections within those places 
Civics and Citizenship

Examine the concept of global citizenship (VCCCC017) 

  • Students will develop their awareness about environmental issues, the human impacts on wildlife and be encouraged to be an active global citizen to help solve the problems facing wildlife 
Ethical Capability

Examine how problems may contain more than one ethical issue (VCECU011) 

  • Encourage students to synthesise a variety of information to develop an answer to the question of how we might save a species? 

Online workshop details

Your online workshop will be hosted on Zoom.   

All you need is a computer or device with internet access.

During the exclusive online workshop for your class, you will be able use the camera and microphone functions.  

Students can also communicate with a Melbourne Zoo Teacher by typing in the Chat  box.  

We will send out a link to join the program to the teacher that booked.

Join us ten minutes before your start time. Arriving early will enable us to check any tech issues and start your session on time.  

Book now

Call 1300 966 784 to book an online workshop.   

Credit card payment at time of booking. Cancellation must be made at least 10 business days prior to your booked workshop. If not, a cancellation fee of $180 will be invoiced.