Presentation on theme: "Outline of the Day Session 1Presentations Marquee Morning TeaMarquee Session 2Race around the Asian Rainforest Rainforest! LunchMarquee Session 3 WORKSHOPSVarious."— Presentation transcript:
Outline of the Day Session 1Presentations Marquee Morning TeaMarquee Session 2Race around the Asian Rainforest Rainforest! LunchMarquee Session 3 WORKSHOPSVarious (see maps) Session 4 WORKSHOPS Various (see maps) Session 5 Prizes, evaluations and certificates Marquee
Asian Education in 2011 Connections to Forests, Biodiversity and Asian Studies at Melbourne Zoo Shelley Waldon Education Officer, Melbourne Zoo CECV Placed Teacher 16 th March 2011
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. Learning at Melbourne Zoo Leads beyond Best to NEXT practice education for student centred learning outcomes
C-U-A Threatening Process Species Target audience ACTION Select appropriate tools. UNDERSTAND Select appropriate tools CONNECT Select appropriate tools Measure U + A
What is Wildlife and Conservation Education? Zoos Victorias 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 Based Conservation Organisation
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 Whats 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
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 Asian animals and Learning at Melbourne Zoo "It is better to have lived one day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep." Tibetan Proverb
The Endangered Challenge Tigers and Learning at Melbourne Zoo Understand the threatening processes and big issues Connect to the endangered species of the Asian Rainforest
The Endangered Challenge Make a Difference and Take Action School and Community Action Initiatives PNG: Tenkile, Rabbits and Education Congo: Save Gorillas with JGI Indonesia – Conservation Projects for Orang-utans, Tigers and Elephants with FFI
Tiger Facts They are critically endangered with less than 3200 left in the wild At the turn of the 20 th 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 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 Amazing Orang-utans
So what is the 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 its cheap and ideal for deep frying.
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 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? Solutions Check product labels and dont 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?
Operation Guardian - Species Protection teams Gifted Program The zoo is under threat of theft! What is the Zoos most valuable asset? Which animals do we protect?
Zoos Victoria School Partnership Objectives 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. Zoo/School Partnership Programs To yield tangible conservation outcomes both locally and globally To create genuine projects supporting zoo needs which cant be met onsite or without external assistance
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…
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
MZ Conservation Connections Sabah Project Solutions 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