This engaging full day program has been developed by the Australian Museum, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust and Taronga Zoo as a specially designed replacement for the popular Evolution of Australian Biota study days.

Students will examine fossils, specimens, live animals and plants to understand biological diversity by explaining the relationships between a range of organisms in terms of specialisation for selected habitats and evolution of species.

Educator-led program

Students will spend the day (three 75 minute sessions) at Taronga Zoo. There is time for a short morning break and a lunch break.

Session details

  • Australian Museum session. Students investigate fossils, skeletons and DNA data from Australian animals to learn how comparative anatomy and genetics support the Theory of Evolution.
  • Botanic Garden session. Students will engage in primary and secondary investigations using native Australian flora to discover cutting edge botanic science developments. Collaborative inquiry based projects using critical and creative thinking will develop students understanding of biological diversity and the theory of evolution.
  • Zoo session. A Taronga Zoo educator provides students the opportunity to engage with live animals while learning about the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection. They will explore the impacts that selection pressures have on population dynamics. Students will discover how adaptations increase an organism’s chance of survival while interacting with a selection of Australian animals.

Taronga Zoo Risk Assessment

Taronga Biology Diversity
Image from Taronga Zoo for Biological Diversity Study Day Image: Taronga Zoo
© Permission from Matt Nelson at Taronga Zoo

Educator led program details

NSW (incorporating Australian Curriculum)


Stage 6

Module 3: Biological Diversity

The table attached shows which content descriptors are addressed at each session.

Syllabus links for Biological Diversity 2020

Location: Taronga Zoo, Mosman NSW

Dates: 9-12 June and 27-31 July 2020

Please note

Cost: $31.90 (GST included) per student

Duration: Three 75 minute sessions (9.30am - 2pm with a 15 minute morning break and a 30 minute lunch break)

Group size: Up to 30 students per session (3 sessions per day) - smaller groups may be combined

Students need to be supervised at all times during the Biological Diversity Study Day. There is no set supervision ratio, however we allow free entry for teachers and accompanying adults at the ratio of 1:10 for secondary school groups and 1:1 for students with additional needs.

Booking information

Bookings open Week 2 Term 4 2019

  1. Provide your booking request (please include 3 possible dates, preferred venue, student numbers, school and contact details) via phone 02 9320 6222 or email Dates will be allocated on a first-in-best-dressed system taking into account availability of dates.
  2. A Booking Acknowledgement and allocated date will be returned to you via email.
  3. To accept the booking, sign and return your Booking Acknowledgement within 10 days of receipt. Failure to do so will result in your allocated date being released.
  4. Following this you will be sent a Booking Confirmation. Please ensure all other teachers involved in the excursion have a copy of this.

  • An invoice will be provided after the visit. We are unable to process individual payments for students/adults in the group.
  • Cancellations within 4 weeks of your booking date or "no shows" will be charged the full cost of the booked visit. Significant decreases in numbers (more than 5 students) within 2 weeks of your booking date will also be charged the full cost of the booked visit. Your Booking Confirmation will show the number of students booked.
  • Cancellations must be made in writing by email to
  • Sessions require a minimum of 20 students to go ahead. While we make all attempts to combine schools to reach the minimum, we reserve the right to cancel sessions if this minimum number cannot be reached.
  • Increases in numbers may not always be possible to accommodate.

Information about getting to Taronga Zoo is available here.

To plan your visit please see further information including the risk assessment here.

School excursion information can be found here.

  • Please plan to arrive at the venue at least 15 minutes prior to your booked session.
  • When you arrive you will need to provide staff with your booking confirmation number, school name, student and teacher attendance numbers for the day.
  • In the event of a late arrival to the venue or a booked session, some parts of the session may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
  • Students are encouraged to take photos, video and/or audio to record their excursion.
  • Teachers and supervising adults are required to stay with their groups at all times.
  • Disciplining of students remains the responsibility of teachers and supervising adults accompanying the group.