Gorillas, Geography and Us
Take a trip deep into the heart of Africa to discover how our obsession with electronics affects the mighty gorilla.
Step deep into the African wilderness to discover the gorilla and other animals that call this continent home. You’ll see, up-close, how these animals have adapted for survival in their habitats.
Sadly, gorillas and coltan share a home. Coltan is an important mineral used in the production of mobile phones and other electronics. As our need for coltan increases, habitats are quickly being destroyed, leaving the gorilla critically endangered. Through role-play, students will understand the impacts of rangers, farmers, miners and tourists in Congo and explore the social, environmental and political issues affecting gorillas. Also learn how to support the work of Gorilla Doctors to protect this incredible animal.
After their African Experience, students will communicate their ideas and present their findings on the factors that are threatening gorillas in the wild, and feel empowered to take the ‘They’re Calling on You’ community conservation campaign back to school.
Students will learn:
- The unique qualities of African animals and how they are adapted for their environments
- How the demand for technology is driving coltan mining in the Congo
- An understanding of the demographic, economic, social and cultural influences impacting gorilla numbers
- How we, here in Australia, can support communities and gorillas in Africa
|Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.50 - 10.05am)||10 minutes|
Workshop with Werribee Open Range Zoo teacher
|Safari bus tour||40 minutes|
|Self-guided walking trails and options to join educational keeper talks||1 – 4 hours|
Victorian Curriculum 7 – 8
Human causes of landscape degradation, the effects on landscape quality and the implications for places (VCGGK119)
- Students will explore how the demand for farming and technology is affecting the landscape in the Congo, causing habitat loss and threatening the survival of gorillas in the wild
Identify, analyse and explain interconnections within places and between places and identify and explain changes resulting from these interconnections (VCGGC101)
- Through walking in the shoes of another, students will consider what life is like for children miners, rangers, farmers and tourists in the Congo, and how their lives affect the survival of each other, the environment and the wildlife, especially gorillas in the wild
Investigate why ethical principles may differ between people and groups, considering the influence of cultural norms, religion, world views and philosophical thought (VCECU015)
- Through participating in a role play activity, students will consider what life is like for children miners, rangers, farmers and tourists in the Congo and how we here in Australia can support communities and gorillas in Africa through recycling mobile phones
Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (VCSSU090)
- Students will explore how the demand for technology is driving Coltan mining in the Congo, causing habitat loss for gorillas in the wild, and how phone recycling can be a solution to this issue
Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems including identifying impacts and limitations of conclusions and using appropriate scientific language and representations (VCSIS113)
- By walking in the shoes of another, students will consider what life is like for children miners, rangers, farmers and tourists in the Congo and how we here in Australia can support communities and gorillas in Africa through recycling mobile phones
Plan your excursion
An African Experience is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection. Please bring any old mobile phones to donate to They're Calling On You.
The organising teacher should make themselves known to Admission Staff prior to entering the Zoo so that payment can be made. More information