An African Experience

Year levels

Year 7 & Year 8

Cost

$19 per student

Availability

Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Themes

Consumer Behaviour, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Human Impact, Resource Management

Take a trip deep into the heart of Africa to discover how our obsession with electronics affects the mighty gorilla.

Program Description

Explore the diverse habitats and fauna of Africa, walking the path of the gorillas to understand the threats these mighty animals face in the wild.

Step deep into the African wilderness to discover the gorilla and other animals that call this continent home. You’ll see, up-close, how these animals have adapted for survival in their habitats.

Sadly, gorillas and coltan share a home. 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. Through role-play, students will understand the impacts of rangers, farmers, miners and tourists in Congo and explore the social, environmental and political issues affecting gorillas. Also learn how to support the work of Gorilla Doctors to protect this incredible animal.

After their African Experience, students will communicate their ideas and present their findings on the factors that are threatening gorillas in the wild, and feel empowered to take the ‘They’re Calling on You’ community conservation campaign back to school.

Students will learn:

  • The unique qualities of African animals and how they are adapted for their environments
  • 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
Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.50 - 10.05am) 10 minutes
Workshop with Werribee Open Range Zoo teacher
30 minutes
Safari bus tour 40 minutes
Self-guided walking trails and options to join educational keeper talks  1 – 4 hours

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum F – 10

Geographical Knowledge

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
Geographical Concepts and Skills

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
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
Science Understanding

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
Science Inquiry Skills

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

Plan your excursion 

An African Experience is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection. Please bring any old mobile phones to donate to They're Calling On You.

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 excursion

Call (03) 9340 2788

You will need the following to book your excursion:

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