Year levels



$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students

Herbivore or Carnivore? Take a closer look at the digestive systems of various African species to understand ungulate digestion. Students will explore adaptations, the importance of keystone species, and the interdependencies between living things in the ecosystem.

Program description

Compare and contrast the characteristics and digestive systems of various species to understand the adaptations that allow them to survive in their environment.

Learn how to classify mammals into dietary groups based on morphological characteristics by observing animals and analysing their skulls and scat.

Students will learn:

  • To investigate the structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations that allow mammals to survive in Africa
  • To understand the relationships and interdependencies between species as represented by food webs

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

At Werribee Open Range Zoo students investigate and compare the diet and dentition of a range of African species, with a focus on ungulates. Immersed amongst habitat, students will gain insight into living systems, the interdependencies of an African food chain and the potential impacts of changes to a keystone species in the ecosystem.

Your zoo visit will include:  Introduction (for arrivals between 9:45am – 10:00am), Zoo Teacher workshop (70 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

Herbivore, Carnivore Teaching Guide *coming soon*

Learning outcomes

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – Biology

Unit 1: How do living things stay alive?

Unit 1 – How do living things stay alive?

Area of Study 1: How do organisms function?

  • Students will contrast the different digestive systems of herbivores, in particular ungulates, to gain an understanding of the adaptations that enhance species survival

Area of Study 2: How do living systems sustain life?

  • Students will explore structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations that enhance the survival of African animals in their habitat
  • Students will develop an understanding of the beneficial, harmful and benign relationships between species
  • Students will discover the interdependences between species as represented by food webs


Plan your excursion 

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

Bring what students need to record their research e.g. notes, drawings, photographs, videos, voice memos, diagrams.    

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.

Book your education experience

Fill out an online form to request a booking for your zoo education experience

Request booking now

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