Year levels

Year 7, Year 8


$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 7 – 8

Science Understanding

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
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 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
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
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 might we save a species, applying ‘if then’ thinking to consider what the consequences of their decision would be for their chosen species and other 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