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Save Our Species: Call of the Wild

Save our Species: Call of the Wild introduces students to the diversity and uniqueness of wildlife, as well as the threats they and their habitat face. Students will take the lead in their own inquiry to delve into real life conservation issues and the impact that humans are having on species’ survival.

Students are encouraged to take an inquiry approach to exploring animal precincts, attending keeper talks and participating in a Zoo Educator-led workshop. They will be provided with opportunities to gather information about the unique traits of key species, their role in an ecosystem and the value of saving a species. Students will be encouraged to consider how they are connected to wildlife and how their choices impact upon animal survival.

Call of the Wild offers students the following opportunities throughout the day:

  • Introduction; our Zoo Educators will introduce the program and provide a challenge for the students to focus on. Lanyards will be provided to assist students with directions, their inquiry focus and further information needed to plan their independent inquiries.
  • Self-directed exploration; time is provided for students to visit, investigate and gather information on the key species in the program while exploring other precincts.
  • Zoo educator-led workshop;students can gather information about the key species, ask questions and meet animals that demonstrate how human choices affect animal survival.
  • Keeper Talks; students can gather further information about the program's key species and access experts for their inquiry questions
  • Conclusion;our Zoo Educators will encourage students to decide which species they would lend their voice to and introduce how they can help save that species back at school.

Students will have a greater understanding of real life conservation and ecological issues and the impact humans can have on wildlife.

Learning Outcomes

Save Our Species:Call of the Wild supports Victorian Curriculum levels 5-6 content descriptors in the following Learning Areas and Capabilities:

  • Science
  • English
  • Humanities: Geography
  • Intercultural Capability

Study Themes

This program supports and offers a real life context for the following areas of study;

Biodiversity and classification

Challenge-based Learning

Ecosystems and Interdependence

Endangered Species


Human Impact

Zoos Victoria's Education for Conservation aligns with best practice teaching and learning strategies for Middle Years and has a strong focus on real life, self-directed and authentic learning.

Our educational experiences cater for students of all learning needs.


Teacher Resources

Call of the Wild Teacher Resource Booklet

Call of the Wild Curriculum Links

Call of the Wild Pre-Visit Slide Show

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