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Adaptations for Survival

Year levels



$20 per student


Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students

Use real-life case studies to discover how scientists are helping the conservation of threatened species. Collect data to determine how a species’ adaptations enable it to interact and survive within its ecosystem.

Program description

VCE Biology Unit 2

In Adaptations for Survival, students will use real case studies to determine how a species’ adaptations enable it to interact and survive within its ecosystem.

In the first case study, students will learn about the adaptations for the survival of the Southern Corroboree Frog, including the bioethics considered in captive breeding programs. In the second case study, students will use their skills to collect and analyse data, which can be used as part of school-based assessment for VCE Biology Unit 2.

Students will learn:

  • How structural, behavioural and physiological adaptations enhance species survival 
  • About the interdependencies of species within an ecosystem
  • How to use science inquiry skills in an investigation
  • The strategies used by Zoos Victoria to conserve species, with an opportunity to explore this as a bioethical issue

Program sequence

Before your visit


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students curiosity and prepare them for their zoo visit. 

During your visit

Connect and Understand

Students will discover Southern Corroboree Frog adaptations for survival and the bioethics considered in captive breeding programs. They will also develop practical investigation skills and collect real-world data about another species.

Your zoo visit will include: Zoo Teacher Workshop (80 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 enable students to complete their investigation and analysis.


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

Program maps 

Your booking confirmation email will list your group's education workshop time/s. Digital maps will be provided to you on the day.

Program resources

Program resources coming soon!

VCE teaching guides are password protected. You will receive the password via email six and two weeks before your excursion. You can also request the password upon booking.

Learning outcomes

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – Biology

Unit 2: How does inheritance impact on diversity?

Area of Study 2: How do inherited adaptations impact on diversity?

  • Students will explore and evaluate how adaptations and interdependencies enhance species survival

Area of Study 3: How do humans use science to explore and communicate contemporary bioethical issues?

  • Students will explore a bioethical issue related to captive breeding programs

Online workshop details

Your online workshop will be hosted on Zoom.   

All you need is a computer or device with internet access.

During the exclusive online workshop for your class, you will be able use the camera and microphone functions.  

Students can also communicate with a Melbourne Zoo Teacher by typing in the Chat  box.  

We will send out a link to join the program to the teacher that booked.

Join us ten minutes before your start time. Arriving early will enable us to check any tech issues and start your session on time.  

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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