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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
                                                                Learning at Melbourne Zoo


How can Melbourne Zoo Learning Experiences help?
 VISION
  To be the world's leading zoo-based conservation organisation.
 MISSION
  To 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
                                                                C-U-A




Threatening Process           Target audience
                                                    Measure U + A
    Species

    CONNECT            UNDERSTAND                   ACTION
  Select appropriate   Select appropriate       Select appropriate
  tools                tools                    tools.
                                                 Zoo Based Conservation Organisation

What is Wildlife and Conservation Education?
Zoos Victoria’s 3 phased approach to sustainability,
  conservation and wildlife education:
        • Connect
        • 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 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
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
                                       Asian animals and Learning at Melbourne Zoo


 How can Melbourne Zoo Learning Experiences help?
    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
                            Amazing Tigers


 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 Orang-utans


             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
 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
                                         Palm Oil and the Endangered Challenge



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



                                   • 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.
                                             Palm Oil and the Endangered Challenge



What is Palm Oil?
Palm oil is found in 1 in 10 products in your supermarket – including chocolate,
bread, margarine, ice cream, crisps, detergents, lipsticks and toiletries.
                                                   Palm Oil Plantations


Victims of the Industry




                          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
                                    Solutions



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 from
sustainable sources
                                Solutions



What can your students do?
Write a letter to their favourite food
manufacturer – Persuasive text
YES – IT REALLY WORKS
Eg Cadbury
Changed their chocolate formula to
cocoa Butter
Eg Nestle
Agreed to only use Palm Oil from
sustainable sources
                  Solutions



What can communities do?
                                          Gifted Program


Operation Guardian - Species Protection teams
                                  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…
Binatang yang mana dari Indonesia?
Animals Encountered
            Sumatran Tigers

              Orangutans

                Snakes

                Frogs

               Tortoise

                Lizards
Culture Explored
              Sumatran Culture




       Traditional stories of Orangutans
Issues Investigated
           Rainforest Destruction

                Habitat Loss

           Human-Animal Conflicts

             Wildlife Poaching

             Population Growth

                 Education
Call to Action
      Conservation Connections – Sumatra
                                                                  Solutions


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



swaldon@zoo.org.au

www.zoo.org.au

				
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