Save Our Species: Call of the Wild

Year levels

Year 7 & Year 8


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)


Human Impact

These 10 animals are calling for your help.

Program Description

Give these animals a voice. Learn what you can do to help some of the world’s most endangered animals.

Introduce your students to the plight of these 10 animals and learn more about how they’re adapted to survive in their environment by visiting their exhibits at the zoo.

Through workshops, keeper talks, animal exhibits and encounters, students will learn a great appreciation for these animals and an understanding of the threats they face in the wild, including habitat destruction. Importantly, students will discover what they can do to help.

Inspired by their learnings, students will feel empowered to make a difference. Students can decide to lend their voice to an animal in need and adopt a real-life community conservation campaign to take back to school.

Will you answer the Call of the Wild?

Students will learn:

  • How to become a global citizen by protecting an animal in need
  • The impact humans are having on animal habitats and the effect on animal food chains and webs
  • The classification systems used to identify and group organisms
  • To think critically about a complex issue and determine the best way they can help
Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day 10 minutes
Workshop with Melbourne Zoo teacher 20 minutes
Explore the Zoo – visit animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks 1 – 4 hours
Conclusion 10 minutes

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum F – 10

Science Understanding


There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (VCSSU091)

  • Students will be exposed to a number of different classification systems throughout the day, this includes the scientific and the IUCN classification system, they will be encouraged to consider these factors when choosing a species to save

Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs and can be affected by human activity (VCSSU093)

  • Students will learn what role a species plays within its ecosystem and what impacts humans are having on specific ecosystems. At the conclusion students will apply this knowledge to justify why their chosen species is important enough to save


Geographical Concepts and Skills

Identify, analyse and explain interconnections within places and between places and identify and explain changes resulting from these interconnections (VCGGC101)

  • Through student led learning students will learn about what impacts humans are having on environments over time and how that can change places and interconnections within those places
Ethical Capability

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

  • The inquiry question and the programs structure requires students to choose one species to save above all other species who are also threatened in the wild

Plan your excursion 

Save Our Species: Call of the Wild 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