The endangered challenge

The endangered challenge is an eye opening session that addresses how our everyday choices affect species around the world.

Melbourne Zoo’s pedagogy aligns with best practice and approaches for Middle Years and has a strong focus on authentic problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration and community engagement. Through The endangered challenge program, students can choose to focus on the threatening processes of wildlife within Central Africa or South East Asia. Working in groups, students will explore evidence from a variety of perspectives that consider economics, animal welfare, social responsibility, the environment and sustainability. Students are exposed to real life human-animal conflicts that impact the environment and the community on both a local and global level.

Students will interact with various animals they have investigated and will appreciate the importance of being an informed consumer, as they take on one of our conservation campaigns, Don’t Palm Us Off (South East Asian focus on orang utans) or They’re Calling On You (Central African focus on gorillas).

The endangered challenge learning program addresses AusVELS levels 5-8 standards. It supports the cross-curriculum priorities of Sustainability and Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and addresses achievements in the domains of Science, Interpersonal Development, Personal Learning, Civics and Citizenship, English, Humanities, Communication and Thinking Processes.