Stage 5: Environmental Change and Management

Stage 5: Environmental Change and Management


Taronga's local and international conservation projects provide the perfect resource for your Environmental Change and Management investigative study. Both Zoos provide a wealth of in-depth, topical information relating to both local and international environmental management issues for your students to explore. Palm oil plantations reducing habitat for Tigers in Sumatra, and poaching in South Africa leading to the critical endangerment of Black Rhino in South Africa to name a few. 

In this workshop students will develop an understanding of the causes and consequences of human-induced environmental change in Australia and Sumatra that is challenging sustainability.

Students will explore worldviews influencing approaches to environmental use and management and gain an understanding of the value of a biologically rich landscape. They will evaluate the management responses to deforestation in both countries, propose ways individuals can contribute to sustainability, and recognise that there are differing views on how sustainability can be achieved.

The concepts discussed in this workshop can be strongly reinforced when visiting the Tiger Trek exhibit at Taronga Zoo Sydney. We also have a number of campaigns that are suited to this workshop at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo; please discuss with the team which would be the most suited to your class.

What's involved

This workshop will be delivered in the Taronga Institute of Science & Learning Habitat Classrooms or Seminar Rooms at Taronga Zoo Sydney and is also available at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. See below for further information.

At school

Begin investigation of Australian and Sumatran environments; examine their unique features and causes of environmental change. Explore and evaluate some of the conservation campaigns that Taronga is currently involved with by viewing our website. 

At the Zoo

Taronga Zoo SydneyTaronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo
Investigate the unique flora and fauna of the Asian Rainforest Trail. Immerse yourself in the new Tiger Trek exhibit and experience first hand the Asian animal habitats. Explore the actions that you can take to help protect local and Asian species. Develop a deeper understanding of Australian native animals through engaging with them and learning about their reliance on rainforest environments. Examine Zoo exhibits to gain an understanding of how Taronga introduces a current campaign to the visitor. Learn how the signage, 'call to action' and the wider exhibit experience engage visitors to participate in the conservation of wildlife. In addition to meeting animals up close, students examine a zoo campaign to gain an understanding of each element in the Connect Understand Act model.


Stage 5

  • GE5-2 explains processes and influences that form and transform places and environments
  • GE5-3 analyses the effect of interactions and connections between people, places and environments
  • GE5-4 accounts for perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues
  • GE5-5 assesses management strategies for places and environments for their sustainability
  • GE5-7 acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using appropriate and relevant geographical tools for inquiry
  • GE5-8 communicates geographical information to a range of audiences using a variety of strategies