Year levels

Year 7, Year 8


See Plan Your Visit


Monday to Friday (during school term)


Adaptations, Australian Animals, Biodiversity, Classification, 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

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. Informed by their learning, students will be challenged to answer the question, "How we might save a species?"

Students will learn: 

  • About the threats to wildlife  
  • To independently explore the zoo and find out more by observing the animals, keeper talks and encounters with Zoo staff
  • As part of an Educator facilitated workshop to help them to answer the question, “How might we save a species?” 
  • To join the fight against extinction with Zoos Victoria by adopting behaviours that make them a wildlife friendly Victorian 

Program sequence

Before your visit


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students curiosity before their zoo visit. 

During your visit

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.  

Your zoo visit will include:  Introduction (for arrivals between 9:40am – 10am), Zoo Teacher workshop (40 minutes) and keeper talks. Check out your Teaching Guide for other ideas of what to do at the zoo. 

After your visit


Use activities in the teaching guide to deepen students’ learning back at school. 


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

Program maps and itineraries

Your booking confirmation email will list your group's education workshop time/s. Each workshop time has its own map and suggested daily itinerary. Digital maps will be provided to you on the day.

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 7-8


There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (VCSSU091) 

  • Students will be exposed to a number of different classification systems throughout the day, this includes the scientific and the IUCN classification system, they will be encouraged to consider these factors when choosing a species to save 

Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs and can be affected by human activity (VCSSU093) 

  • Students will learn what role a species plays within its ecosystem and what impacts humans are having on specific ecosystems. At the conclusion students will apply this knowledge to justify why their chosen species is important enough to save 

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

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

Investigate criteria for determining the relative importance of matters of ethical concern (VCECU016) 

  • Students are asked to use ethical reasoning skills in their decision about how we might save a species, applying ‘if then’ thinking to consider what the consequences of their decision would be for their chosen species and other species
Civics and Citizenship

Explain how citizens can participate in Australia's democracy, including the use of the electoral system, contact with their elected representatives, use of lobby groups, interest groups and direct action (VCCG020) 

  • Students will learn how they can participate in Australia’s democracy through lobbying their elected representatives to adopt sustainable and wildlife friendly policies

Plan your excursion 

Call of the Wild is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection. 

School groups will enter Melbourne Zoo via the Rail Gate entrance. Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival. More Information. 

All onsite excursion bookings are subject to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and as such are subject to change in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s advice. We will be in contact with all teachers prior to their booked date if we need to clarify any new requirements. See the COVID-Safe information for schools before your visit.

Book your education experience

Fill out an online form to request a booking for your zoo education experience

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You will need to know the following to book your zoo excursion or online workshop:

  • Education program of your choice (if applicable)
  • Preferred date
  • School name and address
  • Contact details of organising teacher
  • Number of students/classes and their year level