Ethics and Conservation (Year 5 – 6)


Wednesday 9 June, 2:30pm - 3pm AEST (Term 2) Thursday 14 October, 2:30pm - 3pm AEST (Term 4)






Please call 1300 966 784

Explore ethics through the lens of a contemporary zoo and the STEM skills needed to ensure our animals experience a life worth living.

Program description

Explore ethics through the lens of a contemporary zoo and the Design Thinking needed to ensure our animals experience a life worth living.  

Students will explore the range of disciplines and skill sets it takes to keep animals healthy and happy in zoos as they discover what life is like for the complex, social and highly curious seals - and how this curious nature sometimes presents some challenges in the wild.  

Students will learn: 

  • How elements of Design thinking are used by Zoo experts to address real-world conservation challenges 
  • From a Zoos Victoria’s marine mammal expert about protecting seals from distress in the wild 
  • About the world and reflect on their engagement with animals and the environment 
  • To increase their positive connections with wildlife through empathy and compassion 

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 5-6

Ethical Capability

Discuss how ethical principles can be used as the basis for action, considering the influence of cultural norms, religion, world views and philosophical thought on these principles (VCECU010) 

  • Learn about the ethical considerations that come into play for species in our care at the Zoo 

Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074) 

  • Learn about the structural adaptations that seals have for survival 

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

  • Learn about what it takes to care for seals at the zoo and meet their needs for survival 

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