Reproduction: Strategies for Success

Investigate the unique reproductive processes of Australian animals and how Healesville Sanctuary is breeding endangered species in captivity

Our native animals have evolved in isolation from the rest of the world for many millions of years. Part of what makes our mammals so special is the unique nature of marsupial and monotreme reproduction.

Healesville Sanctuary has made some important breakthroughs in reproductive technologies, and have recently established the first ever captive breeding program for the endangered Leadbeater’s Possum. Students are invited to explore the mechanisms and systems of reproduction, and also the major contributions that specialised breeding programs contribute to helping save endangered species.

This program can be used to meet the requirements of the School Assessed Coursework (SAC). It addresses Biology Unit 1, with emphasis on the mechanisms and systems of reproduction and also Biology Unit 2, with emphasis on reproductive adaptations, systems and strategies.