Endangered Animals: Orang-utans (Year 3 – 6)


Wednesday 28th April 2.30pm - 3.00pm AEST (Term 2)






Please call 1300 966 784

Talk with zoo experts about how species are saved and the challenges associated with this process.

Program description

Orangutan means ‘people of the forest’ and when you meet them you understand why. Hear personal stories from zoo experts about caring for these highly social primates and discover how Design Thinking processes can be applied to a real-world situation like saving orangutans from extinction.

Explore the complex world of the orangutan and the circumstances pushing the species ever closer to extinction. How exactly are we saving them and why are they endangered in the first place? Hear personal stories from orangutan experts and discover what processes are in place to help us address complex, real-world conservation challenges.

Students will learn:

  • About the amazing world we live in
  • That they can make a real difference locally, nationally and globally
  • That no matter the complexity of a challenge there are processes and people to help find a solution

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 3-6

Science 3-4

Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)

  • This webinar will help students understand how the decisions made in Australia can have far reaching implications. For example, requiring more palm oil in our products drives an increase in the rate of harvest and habitat loss
Science 5-6

The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)

  • Students will see how orang-utans have adapted to their environment. While considered an intelligent animal even the orang-utan finds it challenging to adapt to the sudden change in its environment
Geography 5-6

Describe and explain interconnections within places and between places, and the effects of these interconnections (VCGGC087)

  • Students will gain an understanding of our how the Earth, and the habitats within, are finally tuned systems that benefits from stability. What might be consided minor changes can have a big impact on the natural environment. A change in food source, introduced pollutant or water flow can upset the delicate interconnections
Ethical Capability 5-6

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

  • Students will see that when saving a species, there is no one size fits all solutions. What works for orang-utans may not work when saving a bird or reptile species. When designing campaigns for the general public, changes need to be made depending on age group, level of understanding and how connected people are to nature

Plan your webinar

Important notes:

  • Session will open 10 minutes before the scheduled start time
  • Participant mic and video will be turned off
  • Each webinar may have participants from multiple schools
  • Students can communicate with Zoo Teachers by typing in the Q&A
  • If you need to know which of your students are attending, please do a roll call before or after the webinar