Digital Program | Geography, Gorillas and Us

Year levels

Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10

Cost

$180 per class of 30 students

Availability

Online workshop: Wednesday and Thursday

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 30 students

Themes

Africa, Animal and Human Behaviour, Consumer Behaviour, Human Impact, Resource Management

Take a trip deep into the heart of Africa and discover how our reliance on electronics affects the mighty gorilla.

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.

Discover Africa through the lens of gorillas and their threats. Learn about the diverse habitats and fauna of Africa and learn about the threats these mighty animals face in the wild.

Gorillas and Coltan are both found in the same locations. Coltan is an important mineral used in the production of mobile phones and other electronics. As our need for Coltan increases, habitats are quickly being destroyed, leaving the gorilla critically endangered.

Students will role-play to understand the impacts of rangers, farmers, miners and tourists in the Congo and explore the social, environmental and political issues affecting gorillas. Students will learn how to support the work of Gorilla Doctors to protect this incredible animal.

Students will learn:

  • The unique qualities of African animals and how they are adapted for their environments
  • To understand how the demand for technology is driving Coltan mining in the Congo
  • An understanding of the demographic, economic, social and cultural influences impacting gorilla numbers
  • How we, here in Australia, can support communities and gorillas in Africa

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

Connect  

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 participate in a discussion about African wildlife, particularly gorillas, and the challenges they face. Students will learn about Zoos Victoria’s mission to fight extinction, how the zoo works with African communities to protect wildlife and how students can help too.

After your online workshop

Understand 

Use activities in the Teaching Guide and Workbook to deepen students’ learning. Engage students to communicate their ideas and findings on the factors that are threatening gorillas in the wild.  

Act 

Use the Teaching Guide to enable students to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts. Students may feel empowered to take on the 'They’re Calling on You' community conservation campaign back at school to help gorillas in the wild to thrive.

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 7-8

Geography

Human causes of landscape degradation, the effects on landscape quality and the implications for places (VCGGK119)

  • Students will explore how the demand for farming and technology is affecting the landscape in the Congo, causing habitat loss and threatening the survival of gorillas in the wild

Identify, analyse and explain interconnections within places and between places and identify and explain changes resulting from these interconnections (VCGGC101) 

  • Through walking in the shoes of another, students will consider what life is like for children miners, rangers, farmers and tourists in the Congo, and how their lives affect the survival of each other, the environment and the wildlife, especially gorillas in the wild
Science

Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (VCSSU090)

  • Students will explore how the demand for technology is driving Coltan mining in the Congo, causing habitat loss for gorillas in the wild, and how phone recycling can be a solution to this issue

Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems including identifying impacts and limitations of conclusions and using appropriate scientific language and representations (VCSIS113)

  • By walking in the shoes of another, students will consider what life is like for children miners, rangers, farmers and tourists in the Congo and how we here in Australia can support communities and gorillas in Africa through recycling mobile phones
Ethical Capability

Investigate why ethical principles may differ between people and groups, considering the influence of cultural norms, religion, world views and philosophical thought (VCECU015)

  • Through participating in a role play activity, students will consider what life is like for children miners, rangers, farmers and tourists in the Congo and how we here in Australia can support communities and gorillas in Africa through recycling mobile phones

Victorian Curriculum 9-10

Geography

Environmental, economic and technological factors that influence environmental change and human responses to its management (VCGGK145)

  • Students will explore how the demand for technology is driving Coltan mining in the Congo, causing habitat loss for gorillas in the wild, and how phone recycling can be a solution to this issue

Issues affecting the development of places and their impact on human wellbeing, drawing on a study from a developing country or region in Africa, South America or the Pacific Islands (VCGGK153)

  • Through participating in a role play activity, students will consider what life is like for children miners, rangers, farmers and tourists in the Congo and how their roles impact each other, the environment and the wildlife
Ethical Capability

Explore a range of ethical problems and examine the extent to which different positions are related to commonly held ethical concepts and principles, considering the influence of cultural norms, religion, world views and philosophical thought (VCECU020)

  • Through participating in a role play activity, students will consider what life is like for children miners, rangers, farmers and tourists in the Congo and how we here in Australia can support communities and gorillas in Africa through recycling mobile phones

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 Werribee Open Range 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.