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Outline of the Day

Session 1 Presentations Marquee

Morning Tea Marquee

Session 2 Race around the Asian Rainforest Rainforest!

Lunch Marquee

Session 3 WORKSHOPS Various (see maps)

Session 4 WORKSHOPS Various (see maps)

Session 5 Prizes, evaluations and certificates Marquee


16th March 2011

Asian Education in 2011

Connections to Forests, Biodiversity and Asian Studies at Melbourne Zoo

Shelley Waldon

Education Officer, Melbourne Zoo

CECV Placed Teacher

how can melbourne zoo learning experiences help
How can Melbourne Zoo Learning Experiences help?

Learning at Melbourne Zoo

  • VISIONTo be the world's leading zoo-based conservation organisation.
  • MISSIONTo galvanise communities to commit to the conservation of wildlife and wild places by connecting people and wildlife in the following ways:
          • Opening the door by providing exceptional wildlife encounters that reach beyond the boundaries of our campuses;
          • Leading the way by communicating and demonstrating the role of conservation and research in all we do;
          • Catalysing action through inspiring experiences that motivate participation leading to conservation and sustainability outcomes.

Leads beyond ‘Best’ to ‘NEXT’ practice education for student centred learning outcomes


Target audience

Measure U + A





Select appropriate tools

Select appropriate tools.

Select appropriate tools


Threatening Process

what is wildlife and conservation education
What is Wildlife and Conservation Education?

Zoos Victoria’s 3 phased approach to sustainability, conservation and wildlife education:


Understand and

Act (with Hope)

This approach mirrors DEECD priorities in the Victorian Essential Learning Standards to develop in students the capacities to:

Manage themselves as individuals and in relation to others Physical, Personal and Social

Understand the world in which they live Disciplinary

Act effectively in that world Interdisciplinary

Zoo Based Conservation Organisation

zoo program design
Zoo Program Design

What is different in the students after the program – outcomes?

How are we going to measure the learning outcomes?

What actions/tasks have we identified that the students can do? (Real tasks and real actions)

What are the connecting experiences?

How are we going to develop understandings?

zoo programs and partnerships
Zoo Programs and Partnerships

What’s in it for schools?

Flexible - recognise & respond to diverse learners needs

Provide ownership of learning

Promote wonder & inquiry

Connect to local & global communities

Real life & meaningful tasks

Access to expert, passionate staff

Focus on the big questions

Engage the disengaged

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How can Melbourne Zoo Learning Experiences help?

Asian animals and Learning at Melbourne Zoo

  • Endangered Species Programs
    • Threatening Processes
    • Asian Rainforest
  • Student Conferences
    • Gifted – Operation Guardian
    • VCE Genetics – Tiger Tales
  • LOTE Programs
    • Indonesian Cultural Trail
    • Conservation Connections SE Asia
  • Partnership Programs
  • Professional Learning Opportunities

"It is better to have lived one day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep." Tibetan Proverb


Tigers and Learning at Melbourne Zoo

The Endangered Challenge

  • Understand the threatening processes and big issues
  • Connect to the endangered species of the Asian Rainforest

Make a Difference and Take Action

The Endangered Challenge

School and Community Action Initiatives

PNG: Tenkile, Rabbits and Education

Indonesia – Conservation Projects for Orang-utans, Tigers and Elephants with FFI

Congo: Save Gorillas with JGI

tiger facts
Tiger Facts

They are critically endangered with less than 3200 left in the wild

At the turn of the 20th Century there were an estimated 300,000 tigers in the world

Apex predators are always lowest in numbers in the food chain

Tigers need over 200 major prey species per year each to survive

Amazing Tigers

amazing orang utan facts
Amazing Orang-utan Facts

Orang-utans are found in only 2 areas in the world – Borneo and Sumatra

They live in rainforests which are millions of years old, and within 10 hectares there may be more than 700 different tree species

They are critically endangered

Amazing Orang-utans

extraordinary tree kangaroos
Extraordinary Tree Kangaroos

Tree roos are only found in Northern Australia and PNG

They live in rainforests which are millions of years old, and within 10 hectares there may be more than 700 different tree species

They are critically endangered

The Tenkile have recovered from as low as 100 to up to 300 in a decade through TCA

They are now under threat from Palm Oil plantations

Amazing Orang-utans

So what isthe problem with Palm Oil?It grows in tropical climates in the same location as tropical rainforest habitats

Palm Oil and the Endangered Challenge

  • Palm Oil is a type of vegetable oil
  • Unlike other vegetable oils, it contains no trans fats.
  • Processed-food manufacturers prefer palm oil because it’s cheap and ideal for deep frying.
what is palm oil
What is Palm Oil?

Palm Oil and the Endangered Challenge

  • Palm oil is found in 1 in 10 products in your supermarket – including chocolate, bread, margarine, ice cream, crisps, detergents, lipsticks and toiletries.
victims of the industry
Victims of the Industry

Palm Oil Plantations

  • Elephants, tigers & orang-utans killed:
  • Because villagers feel threatened
  • As competition for food
  • To eat as 'bushmeat'
  • As a result of pollution
  • Revenge for loss of food or animals
what can you do
What can you do?


  • Check product labels and don’t buy anything that contains palm oil unless it says it comes from a sustainable source
  • Campaign for better labelling of products so we know if they have palm oil in them – often its just labelled as vegetable oil
  • Campaign for your supermarket and other companies to only sell products which have palm oil fromsustainable sources


What can your students do?

Write a letter to their favourite food manufacturer – Persuasive text


Eg Cadbury

Changed their chocolate formula to cocoa Butter

Eg Nestle

Agreed to only use Palm Oil from sustainable sources



What can communities do?

operation guardian species protection teams
Operation Guardian - Species Protection teams

Gifted Program

The zoo is under threat of theft!

What is the Zoo’s most valuable asset?

Which animals do we protect?


Zoo/School Partnership Programs

Zoos Victoria School Partnership Objectives

To yield tangible conservation outcomes both locally and globally

To create genuine projects supporting zoo needs which can’t be met onsite or without external assistance

  • To facilitate opportunities that encourage change in beliefs, attitudes and behaviour, thus empowering students and their communities to take action and make a difference in their world;
  • To encourage schools engaged with zoo projects to explore local biodiversity issues and leverage off their students’ skills and enthusiasm to participate in local community environmental and conservation programs;
  • To encourage schools to explore and take action for global biodiversity issues.

Banyak Binatang

Indonesian LOTE and Melbourne Zoo


Banyak Binatang focuses on aspects of

Intercultural knowledge at;

Pathways 1 – Level 4-6 and Pathways 2 – Level 5-6

…identify a cultural icon, geographic feature…

…name objects and places associated with a country…

…explore a topic of interest through the language…


Animals Encountered

Sumatran Tigers







Culture Explored

Sumatran Culture

Traditional stories of Orangutans


Issues Investigated

Rainforest Destruction

Habitat Loss

Human-Animal Conflicts

Wildlife Poaching

Population Growth



Call to Action

Conservation Connections – Sumatra

mz conservation connections sabah project
MZ Conservation Connections Sabah Project


Partnership between schools and Zoos Victoria conservation projects.

Schools and Students can choose how they will help.

You can create and make resources to be sent to Sabah to assist with the in-situ conservation education programs

  • Create posters to promote community awareness of the biodiversity of the Indonesian rainforest
  • Make laminated pictures or photos of Indonesian animals
  • Create durable wildlife games, puzzles and food web cards
  • Research and prepare Indonesian animal fact sheets
  • Write and illustrate picture story books with simple wildlife conservation messages
  • Create puppets of Indonesian animals and characters to perform plays

Thank You