Year levels

Year 5, Year 6


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


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

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

Program Description

This new and updated version of 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 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.

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
Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.40 - 10am) 10 minutes
Workshop with Melbourne Zoo teacher 40 minutes
Explore the Zoo – visit animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks 1 - 4 hours

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 5 – 6

Science Understanding

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

  • Students will have the opportunity to closely observe an animals structural features and adaptations, zoo educators can 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)

  1. 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
Geographical Concepts and Skills

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)

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

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 via Rail Gate. The organising teacher must present their booking confirmation to Admission staff prior to students and remaining teachers entering the Zoo. 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