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Call of the Wild

Call of the Wild

Year level 
Year 5 & Year 6
$19 per student
Monday to Friday (during the school term)

These 10 animals are calling for your help. Will you answer the Call of the Wild

Learning Outcomes

Victorian Curriculum F – 10

Science Understanding

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
    Students will have the opportunity to closely observe an animals structural features and adaptations, zoo educators can facilitate discussion about how these features help them to survive in their environment
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)
    Students will learn about what impact humans are having on different species’ environment and be challenged to become a more sustainable and wildlife friendly global citizen

Geographical Concepts and Skills

  • Describe and explain interconnections within places and between places, and the effects of these interconnections (VCGGC087)
    Through student led learning students will learn about what impacts humans are having on environments over time and how that can effect places and interconnections within those places

Civics and Citizenship

  • Examine the concept of global citizenship (VCCCC017)
    Students will develop their awareness about environmental issues, the human impacts on wildlife and be encouraged to be an active global citizen to help solve the problems facing wildlife

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

Program Description

Teach your students to become good global citizens by answering the Call of the Wild.

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. 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.

Students will learn:

  • How to become a global citizen by protecting an animal in need
  • How animals are specially adapted to help them survive in their environment
  • The impact humans are having on animal habitats and the ethics surrounding this
  • To think critically about a complex issue and determine the best way they can help

What to bring

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.

Student ratio

1 adult for every 10 students are admitted for free with this program. Additional adults are welcome to join for a reduced rate.

Plan your visit

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

The day's activities

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
10 minutes
Australian Animals
Ecosystems / Habitats
Endangered Species
Food Chains / Webs
Human Impact

It’s easy to book your Call of the Wild excursion. Simply call (03) 9340 2788 between 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week.

We’ll email to confirm your booking and we look forward to meeting you on the day.