Year levels

Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10




Student webinars for this program run every week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from May 4th 2020. Times are detailed below.


Africa, Animal and Human Behaviour, Consumer Behaviour, Human Impact, Resource Management

Take a trip deep into the heart of Africa and discover how our reliance on electronics affects the mighty gorilla.

Program description

Zoos Victoria is offering free Virtual Excursions programs during Term 2 in 2020. Each excursion comes with a teaching guide, activities and a student webinar. While not a tour of the zoo, you will have an expert educator working remotely to talk directly to you.

Gorillas and Coltan share a home. Coltan is an important mineral used in the production of mobile phones. In this Virtual Excursion, Year 7-10 students will communicate their ideas and present their findings on the factors that are threatening gorillas in the wild. They will also create a conservation plan for an endangered animal of their choice.

Students will learn:

  • The unique qualities of gorillas 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

Student webinar

Geography, Gorillas & Us includes a free 30-minute student webinar. A Zoo teacher will run a workshop for your students and answer their questions. Students won’t be on camera and will talk via a chat box.

Student webinars for this program run every week on:

Mondays 1:40pm - 2:10pm AEST
Tuesdays 10:00am - 10:30am AEST
Wednesdays 11:10am - 11:40am AEST


Program resources

In addition to the student webinar, this Virtual Excursion includes the following teaching resources:

Teaching guide years 7-8 – instructions for activities to do before and after your webinar

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Teaching guide years 9-10 – instructions for activities to do before and after your webinar

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Student worksheet years 7-10 – a template to help students apply their learning

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Virtual Excursions FAQ - frequently asked questions about our Virtual Excursions

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Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum Year 7-8:

  • Geography – Human causes of landscape degradation, the effects on landscape quality and the implications for places
  • Geography – Identify, analyse and explain interconnections within places and between places and identify and explain changes resulting from these interconnections
  • Ethical Capabilities – Investigate why ethical principles may differ between people and groups, considering the influence of cultural norms, religion, world views and philosophical thought

Victorian Curriculum Year 9-10:

  • Geography – Environmental, economic and technological factors that influence environmental change and human responses to its management
  • Geography – Issues affecting the development of places and their impact on human wellbeing, drawing on a study from a developing country or region in Africa (South America or the Pacific Islands)
  • Ethical Capability – Explore a range of ethical problems and examine the extent to which different positions are related to commonly held ethical concepts and principles, considering the influence of cultural norms, religion, world views and philosophic