Global Conservation Leadership

Year levels

Year 5, Year 6


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during school term) | Available Term 1 2021 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 Leadership 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 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

Program sequence

Before your visit


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students’ curiosity before their zoo visit.

During your visit

Connect and Understand

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 choose 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.

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

After your visit


Use activities in the Teaching Guide to deepen students’ learning back at school.


Use the Teaching Guide to enable students to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts.

Program resources


Global Conservation Leadership Teaching Guide *coming soon*

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
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 Melbourne Zoo via the Rail Gate entrance. Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival. More Information.

All onsite excursion bookings are subject to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and as such are subject to change in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s advice. We will be in contact with all teachers prior to their booked date if we need to clarify any new requirements.

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