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. Before your zoo visit, please read our Zoo RAMS, and terms and conditions of entry.

Find out more about our Primary and Intermediate programs below.

Education Sessions

Organising different types of animals into groups.

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

Classification Education Session PDF

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

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

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. Younger students will explore with animal artefacts to identify how animals’ bodies are different and suited to the place where they live. 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.

We will also explore how changes in habitats due to human activities may drastically affect the survival of wildlife. Examples of conservation projects may be used to illustrate how the Zoo is helping to protect animals in their wild habitats.

Adaptations to Habitat Education Session PDF


  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.

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Discover how and why New Zealand species are unique!  

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.

New Zealand Species Education Session PDF


  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

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

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. 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. Examples of conservation projects, both in NZ and overseas, will also illustrate how the zoo is helping to fight extinction and preserve biodiversity.

Role of the modern zoo education session PDF


  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.

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

Endangered Species Education Session PDF


  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)

What does living sustainably look like and why is it necessary?

Sustainability PDF