Two male students scaning items at the Zoopermarket while on excursion.

Global Conservation

Year levels

Year 9, Year 10


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the 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.

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

  1. Africa - ‘They’re Calling on You,’ which explores how the technology in our pockets have global social, environmental and economic implications
  2. Asia - ‘Don’t Palm Us Off,’ which dives into the issues of food security.

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

The program will start with an engaging workshop run by one of our educators to asks students to consider How connected are you to wildlife? As well as the ethical implications of the global economy and consumerism. Moving 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.
Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.40 - 10am)
10 minutes
Workshop with Melbourne Zoo teacher – tune students into the ethics of the global economy and consumerism and 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 9 – 10

Geographical Knowledge


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 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