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Students can now visit the Zoo without leaving their classroom through the use of a range of interactive video conferences.

Schools can choose from special events such as literacy and biodiversity and even book a pre-Zoo visit video conference. This is the perfect way to engage your students in the pre-zoo learning journey in our resources.

Find out more about the sessions we offer, how to book and our professional development services below.

Available Video Conferences

Have a devilish time over video conference! Primary Student Video Conference Series with Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo

Workshop Topic

In celebration of Biodiversity Month, Taronga Western Plains Zoo in partnership with the Department of Education and Communities Dart Connections Team, will be conducting a Video Conference Series with a focus on Australian animals. We will discuss their amazing adaptations, lifecycles, role in the environment, habitats, their current threats and information on what your students can do to take action For the Wild! The series will provide a unique opportunity for us to focus on the critically endangered Tasmanian Devil and learn about its biology and ecology and the disease that is currently contributing to its decline. The second video conference will occur Behind the Scenes at the Tasmanian Devil breeding facility. The presentation will occur from one of our key Tasmanian Devil keepers and will include access to very special footage of these fascinating animals!

 Stage/Age Targeted

 ES1 – Stage 3

 Dates:   

 Part 1: August 18th 2015 & Part 2: September 2nd

 Cost and How to Book:

 Video Conference: Session - $120 per max group of 30.

 Click here to book through DART Connections.

For more information, see download below

 Devil’s Advocate! Secondary Student Video Conference Series with Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo

 Workshop Topic

 In celebration of Biodiversity Month, Taronga Western Plains Zoo in partnership with the Department of Education and Communities Dart Connections Team, will be conducting a Video Conference Series with a focus on Tasmanian Devils. The series will provide a unique opportunity for us to focus on the critically endangered Tasmanian Devil and learn about its biology and ecology and the disease that is currently contributing to its decline. The first video conference will occur Behind the Scenes at the Tasmanian Devil breeding facility. The presentation will occur from one of our key Tasmanian Devil keepers and will include access to very special footage of these fascinating animals! The second video conference will include an expert panel of research scientists, curators and members of the Save the Tasmanian Devil program who will discuss topics relating to species conservation, with a particular focus on Tasmanian Devils. This may include how scientists prioritise species to save, an examination of other countries where top order predators have been successful in re-release programs and the pros and cons of free ranging ‘exclosures’, as compared to intensive management in breeding programs. A great opportunity for students to engage in critical, ethical and higher order thinking!

 Stage/Age Targeted

 Stage 4 – Stage 6

 Dates:   

 Part 1: September 3rd              Part 2: September 7th

 Cost and How to Book:

 Video Conference: Session - $120 per max group of 30.

 Click here to book through DART Connections.

 For more information, see download below.

 

Special Event VC suggestions

Let the Zoo help you and your students engage with and celebrate Australia’s nationally-recognised events in literacy and biodiversity.

  • Biodiversity Month (Adaptations of Australian Threatened Species)

  • Childrens Author (Garry Fleming's 'Bollygum'), Book Week 

  • Children's Authors (Literature Live! Aleesah Darlison)
  • Schools Tree day

  • Clean Up Australia Day

  • World Environment Day (Endangered animals)

  • Senior Biology programs

  • Business Studies

  • Science Week (joint Zoo and Botanic Gardens sessions)

  • Reconciliation Week

  • NAIDOC Week 

  • Col Hardy's 'Animals of the Dreaming' 

How to book a Video Conference

Please contact us directly on (02) 9978 4624 or (02) 99784578. To be able to access our sessions you must have video conferencing facilities. *We use a "Tanberg" system which can connect to the "Polycom" systems.