Auckland Zoo offers a range of primary and intermediate education sessions that involve interactive and hands on learning where students will come away with knowledge about our animals at the Zoo and understand their importance in the world. 

Classes are age specific with clear learning outcomes for each age range. 

  1. To book, download our Primary and Intermediate Education Session booking form.
  2. Email completed booking form to:
  3. Before your zoo visit, please read our essential information for educators, Zoo RAMS, and terms and conditions of entry.

Find out more about our Primary and Intermediate programs below.

Coming soon - ready to book February 2018!

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Organising different types of animals into groups

Session Outline:
Porcupine quills, colourful feathers, and scaly skins. Using a selection of artefacts we will place animals into groups and explore the ways that the covering of an animal may help it hide, keep warm, be protected, or even fly.
This session will include observations of animals in the Zoo grounds

At the end of the session students will:

  1. Identify non-living and living things, plants and animals.
  2. Place animals with similar features into groups
  3. Group and name birds, mammals and reptiles, based on fur, feathers and scales

Learning outcomes are broken down per age group, please see our Classification Education Session PDF for more information. 

Teaching resource links

  1. Sheppard Software - Animal classification
  2. Sheppard Software - What kind of animal is this?
  3. BrainPop Junior - Classifying animals
  4. Science Kids - Plant and animal differences

Discover how and why New Zealand species are unique!  

Session Outline:
We will take a short journey through selected habitats in Te Wao Nui so students may identify and observe several different NZ animals.
Younger students will learn about special features these animals possess which help them to survive in their particular habitat while older students will explore the impact of environmental change and how breeding programmes and restoration work can help our NZ species to survive in the wild.

At the end of the session students will:

  1. Identify endemic, native and introduced species in NZ.
  2. Identify physical or behavioural adaptations in NZ species that enable them and other species to survive in a specific ecosystem.
  3. Explain the different ways the environment has changed and the impact on our NZ species.
  4. Understand the need for conservation action-taking to help our NZ wildlife survive

Learning outcomes are broken down per age group, please see our New Zealand Species Education Session PDF for more information. 


  1. Pest Control

Teaching resource links

  1. Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand - Explore the Bush
  2. Kiwi Conservation Club
  3. Department of Conservation
  4. Department of Conservation - Get involved
  5. Science Learning - Hidden Taonga
  6. Pest Detective

Special features that enable animals to live in a particular habitat.

Session Outline:

  1. We will observe some animals at the Zoo to see how parts of their bodies help them move, find food and stay safe in their habitats.
  2. Younger students will explore with animal artefacts to identify how animals’ bodies are different and suited to the place where they live.
  3. Older students will investigate the ways in which animals protect themselves from the weather and from predators, find or catch their food and attract a mate.
  4. We will also explore how changes in habitats due to human activities may drastically affect the survival of wildlife.
  5. Examples of conservation projects may be used to illustrate how the Zoo is helping to protect animals in their wild habitats.

At the end of the session students will:

  1. Know what animals need to find in their habitat to stay alive.
  2. Name a part of an animal and say how it helps them to survive in a particular habitat.

Learning outcomes are broken down per age group, please see our Adaptations to habitat Education Session PDF for more information. 


  1. Elephant body parts - how does that help?
  2. Elephant - mix and match
  3. Elephant - True or false
  4. Spot the difference - Asian and African elephants
  5. Elephant communication
  6. Animal Watch  

Teaching resource links:

  1. Build your wild self
  2. Science Kids - Teeth and eating
  3. Switch Zoo
  4. Switch Zoo - Please do feed the animals
  5. Sheppard Software - Animals
  6. Switch Zoo - Where do I live?
  7. Switch Zoo -  Build an online habitat
  8. SkyEnimals - Animal habitats for kids

Discover relationships and connections between animals, plants, people, the things we do, and our values... all from a Māori world view.

In the Māori world/Te Ao Māori there is only one set of primal ancestors (Ranginui and Papatūānuku) from whom all things ultimately trace descent, therefore all things are related. Be they people, animals, plants, rocks, water… everything is connected and dependent on each other for their health and well-being.  

Our sessions will use the flora and fauna of Te Wao Nui as a vehicle to illustrate and explain the many relationships and in so doing provide greater understanding and appreciation of Māori culture and its many principles and practices,
for example, kaitiakitanga, whakapapa, karakia, rongoā etc.

By learning te reo Māori, students are able to: 

  1. Participate with understanding and confidence in situations where te reo and tikanga Māori predominate and to integrate language and cultural understandings into their lives
  2. Strengthen Aotearoa New Zealand's identity in the world 

Learning outcomes are broken down per age group, please see our Mātauranga Māori education session PDF for more information. 

Auckland Zoo is a modern zoo - so what does this actually mean?

Session Outline:

  1. We will look at how Auckland Zoo cares for our amazing animals. By observing an animal in its enclosure, students will learn about animals needs, both at the zoo and in the wild. 
  2. Younger students will investigate the different roles of people at the zoo, the behavioural enrichment used and enclosure design.
  3. Find out what the Zoo does to help protect kiwi in the wild. Students will explore with activities in our Discovery room and make observations at animals enclosures.
  4. Older students will discover how Auckland Zoo meets the needs of animals in captivity.
  5. Examples of conservation projects, both in NZ and overseas, will also illustrate how the zoo is helping to fight extinction and preserve biodiversity.

At the end of the session students will:

  1. Explain how Auckland Zoo cares for animals.
  2. Talk about the role of people who provide for the animal's needs.

Learning outcomes are broken down per age group, please see our Role of the modern zoo education session PDF for more information. 


  1. Elephant communication  
  2. Pest control
  3. Vet services
  4. Advocacy

Teaching resource links

  1. National Zoo - Animal enrichment
  2. Enrichment Day at the National Zoo (video)
  3. Auckland Zoo - enrichment videos playlist

Learn how human activities can impact the survival of species

Session Outline:

  1. Human activities are threatening animals and their habitats in many parts of the world today.
  2. Using a selection of artefacts, students will discover the major threats for endangered species and explore how human activities are impacting wildlife.
  3. Students will also observe endangered species in the zoo grounds. What actions can be taken to help prevent extinctions?
  4. A specific conservation project, such as 21st Century Tiger, will be highlighted and examples of personal conservation actions will be discussed. 

At the end of the session students will:

  1. Understand that animals and plants are suited to living in particular habitats
  2. Identify the main threats for endangered species.
  3. Recognise one conservation project Auckland Zoo participates in which helps animals to survive in their wild habitat.

Learning outcomes are broken down per age group, please see our Endangered Species Education Session PDF for more information. 


  1. Advocacy
  2. Save our elephants
  3. Pest Control 

Teaching resource links

  1. New Zealand Conservation Trust
  2. Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust
  3. Centre for Conservation Research (Elephants)
  4. World Wildlife Foundation (WWF)

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