Aboriginal Cultures and Wildlife

Year levels

Year 3, Year 4


See Plan Your Visit


Monday to Friday (during school term)


Aboriginal Culture, Animal Features, Australian Animals, Human Impact, Life cycles

Explore Aboriginal culture and discover the diverse adaptations that help our Australian wildlife to survive.

Program description

Immersed in the Australian grassland habitat, learn about Aboriginal culture and stories of the land and wildlife on which we meet. Through stories, discover the Aboriginal peoples’ connection to the land and wildlife and how these beliefs and values helped keep the Australian landscape sustainable.

Engage in hands-on activities and explore the unique adaptations and life cycles that help Australian wildlife to survive in diverse habitats. Match life cycles, diets, skulls and habitats to our Australian animals and investigate the challenges these animals face in the wild.

Students will learn:

  • About Aboriginal culture, stories and their connection to the land and wildlife 
  • How to identify key features Australian animals have developed to survive
  • How Australian animals rely on each other and the environment
  • The challenges Australian wildlife face in the wild
  • How Zoos Victoria is helping to Fight Extinction

Program sequence

Before your visit


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students curiosity before their zoo visit.

During your visit

Connect and Understand 

With a Zoo Teacher, students will learn how to group animals based on their life cycles and adaptations. They will discover how animals rely on the physical conditions within their environment to survive. Students will participate in a discussion about Australian wildlife and the challenges they face in the wild and learn about Zoos Victoria’s mission to fight extinction! 

Your zoo visit will include:  Introduction (for arrivals between 9:45am – 10:00am), Zoo Teacher workshop (30 minutes), Safari Bus Tour (40 minutes) and keeper talks. Check out your Teaching Guide for other ideas of what to do at the zoo. 

After your visit


Use activities in the Teaching Guide to deepen students’ learning back at school. 


Use the Teaching Guide to enable students to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts. 

Program maps and itineraries

Your booking confirmation email will list your group's education workshop/s and safari bus tour time. Each workshop time has its own map and daily itinerary. Paper maps will be provided to you on the day.

Program resources

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 5-6


Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)

  • Students will have the opportunity to learn about adaptations that help Australian wildlife to survive in their environment

The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)

  • Students explore how environmental conditions can impact the survival of our Australian wildlife.


Influence of people, including the influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (VCGGK094)

  • Students will learn about Aboriginal culture and how their way of life influenced the wildlife and land around them

Describe perspectives and identify ideas, beliefs and values of people and groups in the past (VCHHC084)

  • Students will connect with Indigenous stories and discover how they influenced the beliefs and values of Aboriginal people

Plan your excursion 

Aboriginal Cultures and Wildlife is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection.

School groups will enter Werribee Open Range Zoo via the Main Entrance. Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival. More information. 

All onsite excursion bookings are subject to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and as such are subject to change in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s advice. We will be in contact with all teachers prior to their booked date if we need to clarify any new requirements. See the COVID-Safe information for schools before your visit.

Book your education experience

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You will need to know the following to book your zoo excursion or online workshop:

  • Education program of your choice (if applicable)
  • Preferred date
  • School name and address
  • Contact details of organising teacher
  • Number of students/classes and their year level