Year levels

Year 9, Year 10


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


Resource Management, Sustainability

By taking part in SustainABILITY, students get a behind-the-scenes look at what Melbourne Zoo is doing to be at the forefront of sustainability. Students can then use their insights to explore opportunities for their school and home.

Program Description

Melbourne Zoo is now a carbon neutral organisation. SustainABILITY gives students the chance to explore the Zoo’s large-scale sustainability measures including water-saving, composting and waste-management practices and discover what it takes to maintaining animal exhibits. Learn all about our sustainability actions and processes and why this is important for people and wildlife. SustainABILITY gives students the know-how to understand sustainability issues and plan for a more sustainable future.

Students will learn:

  • How human activity affects global systems
  • Investigate how non-government organisations are improving human wellbeing in Australia and other countries
  • To consider how choices related to the use of resources are influenced by environmental, social and political considerations
  • Gain inspiration to design action that will lead to a more equitable and sustainable future in their own lives
Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.40 - 10am) 10 minutes
Session with Melbourne Zoo teacher 40 minutes
Explore the Zoo – visit animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks                        1 - 4 hours

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 9 – 10

Science Understanding

Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere (VCSSU128)

  • Students will investigate how humans are impacting the environment and discover ways that humans can reduce their impact

The values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (VCSSU116)

  • During SustainABILITY, students will learn about the ways that the shifts in societal thinking has impacted the processes of Melbourne Zoo in regards to animal and human waste and resource usage
Geographical Knowledge

Role of initiatives by international and national government and non-government organisations to improve human wellbeing in Australia and other countries (VCGGK154)

  • Through the sustainability measures taken by Melbourne Zoo, students will learn the impacts this will have on human wellbeing and the wellbeing of wildlife

Plan your excursion 

SustainABILITY 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