Year levels

Year 9, Year 10


See Plan Your Visit


Monday to Friday (during school term)


Adaptations, Biodiversity, Classification, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Human Impact

In the wild it’s a case of eat, or be eaten. Animals are specially adapted to digest their favourite food and avoid being eaten themselves.

Program description

In Eat or be Eaten, you’ll learn to identify what (or who) is for dinner in each animal’s life.

Animals are adapted to obtain and digest food and help them avoid being eaten themselves. By looking at the unique characteristics of African animals, students will understand food webs by classifying animals based on their diet.

A safari tour helps students to understand this eco-system in a broader context and the remarkable interactions and interdependencies that occur in grasslands all over the world, from Africa to our own backyard.

Students will learn:

  • How organisms can be classified based on their adaptations to obtain and digest food
  • To investigate the impacts on ecosystems when a species is introduced or removed and how we can reduce impact

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

During your Zoo Teacher workshop, students investigate living animals and analyse skulls to classify species based on their structural adaptions for obtaining and digesting food, and to avoid becoming prey. By analysing this food web, students will understand the impact if a species is lost. This understanding highlights the importance of healthy ecosystems and the need for conservation programs in a real-world context at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

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.

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 9-10


The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence (VCSSU120)

  • Through skull analysis, student observe how animals have evolved to develop a diverse range of adaptations which enables them to find food, avoid being eaten and occupy certain niches to enable a range of species to share a common ecosystem

Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (VCSSU121)

  • Students establish a food web to represent the flow of energy between organisms that live within the African savanna and determine how human actions may impact upon this balance


Plan your excursion 

Eat or Be Eaten is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection.

The organising teacher should make themselves known to Admission Staff prior to entering the Zoo so that payment can be made. More information.

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