A smiling Zoo Teacher shows two secondary students a replica emu egg.

Special Development Schools Program

Year levels

Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10


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Monday to Friday (during school term)


Animal Welfare

A non-curriculum aligned program for students to learn about caring for animals at the zoo.

Program description

This program gives students a unique opportunity to learn about how enrichment is used to care for animals at the zoo.  The program addresses the needs of students through adaptive activities in a safe and supportive environment. 

Students will learn: 

  • About different animals 
  • How the zoo uses enrichment to care for animals 

Program sequence

Before your visit

Connect and Understand

Use the activities in the teaching guide (below) to spark your students' curiosity, develop their knowledge and help them prepare for their zoo visit.

During your visit

Connect and Understand 

During a Zoo Teacher workshop, students will have the opportunity to interact with animal enrichment and biofacts, while exploring a range of tactile items to discover how animals survive and how we help them thrive at the zoo. 

Your zoo visit will include:  Introduction (for arrivals between 9:45am – 10:00am), Zoo Teacher workshop (30 minutes), Safari Bus Tour (40 minutes) and keeper talks. Check out your Teaching Guide for other ideas of what to do at the zoo.

After your visit


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/s and safari bus tour time. Each workshop time has its own map and daily itinerary. Paper maps will be provided to you on the day.

Plan your excursion 

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

The organising teacher should make themselves known to Admission Staff prior to entering the Zoo so that payment can be made. More information. 

Book your education experience

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

Request booking now

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