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.
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
Use the activities in the teaching guide (below) to spark students’ curiosity before their zoo 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.
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.
Herbivore, Carnivore Teaching Guide *coming soon*
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – Biology
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
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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