Gorillas and the Environment (Year 7 – 8)


Thursday 17 June, 2:30pm - 3:00pm AEST (Term 2)






Please call 1300 966 784

Join us for an insight into the landscape degradation of gorilla habitat caused by mining and how Zoos Victoria are supporting the work of our partner, Gorilla Doctors.

Program description

Meet a guest expert to discuss how we use science to look after the gorillas in our care.  

Learn about the impacts of coltan mining in the rainforests of Africa and how this is affecting gorillas in the wild. We will also explore how our partner, Gorilla Doctors, uses science in the field to help wild gorillas and how students can take action to support their work.   

Students will learn: 

  • How we use science to care for gorillas at Werribee Zoo 
  • How the Gorilla Doctors use science to care for gorillas in the wild 
  • How coltan mining is causing landscape degradation in gorilla habitat 
  • How we, here in Australia, can support communities and gorillas in Africa 

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 7-8


Human causes of landscape degradation, the effects on landscape quality and the implications for places (VCGGK119) 

  • Students will learn about how coltan mining causes the clearing of gorilla habitat and the impact on gorillas in the wild 

Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (VCSSU090) 

  • Students will learn how Zoos Victoria uses science to look after the gorillas in our care, and how our partner, Gorilla Doctors, uses science to care for gorillas in the wild 

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