School students scan items in the Zoopermarket at Melbourne Zoo.

Global Conservation Leadership

Year levels

Year 5, Year 6


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term) | Available Term 1 2020 only

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


Animal and Human Behaviour, Consumer Behaviour, Endangered Species, Human Impact, Leadership, Resource Management

Global Conservation Leadership challenges students to consider their relationship to wildlife on a global scale and teaches them how to lead others in saving species from extinction.

Program Description

Global Conservation teaches students how to lead towards change and work towards complex and challenging goals like saving a species from extinction. Learn more about a key conservation issue facing the world and explore the complexities through guided discussion and collaboration with peers, drawing links between the social, environmental and economic issues that surround wildlife conservation.

Students will identify and explore different points of view on a complex global issue and learn how they can implement Zoos Victoria’s behaviour change model to inform the development of a conservation campaign they can implement back at school. You can then explore this in a real-world setting by identifying where we have used this technique around the Zoo to encourage visitors to take conservation action.

You can chose from one of the following conservation campaigns for your focus:

  1. Africa - ‘They’re Calling on You,’ which explores the impacts our obsession with technology has on Gorillas in Congo
  2. Asia - ‘Don’t Palm Us Off,’ which discusses the complications around food security

Let us know which option you’d prefer when you book.

Students will learn:

  • An in-depth understanding of a global issue
  • How to use leadership skills to effect change
  • About other leaders their age fighting extinction
  • Specific effects on a species, people and environment
Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.40 - 10am)
10 minutes
Workshop with Melbourne Zoo teacher –our Educator will tune students into the ethics of the global economy and consumerism. Onsite discussion directly examining the complexity of Zoos Victoria’s campaigns 85 minutes
Student led inquiry - students select a species and campaign to critically examine and complete a campaign flow-chart to practice skills.
Explore the Zoo – visit animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks  1 – 2 hours

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 5 – 6

Civics and Citizenship

Identify different points of view on a contemporary issue relating to democracy and citizenship (VCCCC015)

  • Investigate an international environmental issue and research the responses of different organisations

Factors that influence people’s awareness and opinion of places (VCGGK097)

  • Through the lens of Mobile Phone or Palm Oil production, students will look at the distribution of resources throughout the globe, how those resources are connected to our daily lives and how we can lead others to make choices to reduce their impact
Ethical Capability

Examine how problems may contain more than one ethical issue (VCECU011)

  • Investigating a problem such as responding to a resource use issues, identifying the ethical issues involved and collaborate to find a solution
Intercultural Capability

Identify barriers to and means of reaching understandings within and between culturally diverse groups (VCICCD011)

  • By taking on different stakeholder perspectives students will; discuss why people develop differing perspectives and values, how life experiences alter their viewpoint, and may be challenged to take on a perspective differing to their own

Plan your excursion 

Global Conservation Leadership 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