Global Conservation

Year levels

Year 9, Year 10


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


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

Students will be challenged to consider their relationship to wildlife on a global scale and how the choices they make can prevent a species from becoming extinct.

Program description

Young adults are the leaders of tomorrow, let’s arm them with the knowledge and skills to make sustainable and ethical choices. 

Global Conservation will start with an engaging workshop run by a Zoo Teacher to asks students to consider, How connected are you to wildlife?” As well as the ethical implications of the global economy and consumerism. Students then move out into the grounds for the second workshop to observe the impacted species and further discuss the complications of the issue. 

Following the workshops, school groups can optionally continue exploring the grounds by examining the tools and techniques the zoo uses to inform visitors about conservation issues and encourage them to take action. Students will develop a campaign flow-chart to demonstrate their understanding and guide their exploration. 

Students will learn: 

  • About a current Zoos Victoria conservation campaign
  • How to develop skills in critical and creative thinking, while placing an important ethical issue in a geographical context
  • How to explore their own values and ethics with regards to interconnectedness of wildlife, environments and consumerism

Leadership doesn’t end at the zoo walls. Students will be encouraged to take their chosen conservation campaign back to school to inform the wider school community and continue their mission. 

Program sequence

Before your visit


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark student’s 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 (85 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 Teaching Guide *coming soon*

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 9-10


Ways that places and people are interconnected with other places through trade in goods and services, at all scales (VCGGK141) 

  • Through the lens of Mobile Phone or Palm Oil production, students will look at the distribution of resources throughout the globe and how those resources are connected to our daily lives 

Effects of the production and consumption of goods on places and environments throughout the world and including a country from North-East Asia (VCGGK142) 

  • Students will focus on a specific natural resource, how it is utilised within products, and how the consumption of these resources impact upon the social, environmental and economy of a region 


Critical and Creative Thinking

Challenge previously held assumptions and create new links, proposals and artefacts by investigating ideas that provoke shifts in perspectives and cross boundaries to generate ideas and solutions (VCCCTQ045) 

  • Through guided-discussion students will be asked to apply their previous knowledge and encouraged to challenge their opinions as they gain new information and insight 
Personal and Social Capability

Analyse how divergent values and beliefs contribute to different perspectives on social issues (VCPSCSO047) 

  • 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 
Ethical Capability

Discuss issues raised by thinking about consequences and duties, in approaches to decision-making and action, and arguments for and against these approaches (VCECD022) 

  • Students will have the opportunity to take part in an ethical discussion surrounding the social issues involved in the utilisation of resources we make use every day 

Plan your excursion 

Global Conservation 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