Animal Adaptations and Features

Year levels

Year 3, Year 4


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term) | Available from Febraury 2020

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


Adaptations, Human Impact

Does this skull have sharp teeth for tearing apart its prey or large flat teeth for crunching and grinding on grass and leaves? The adaptation of living things comes alive when you witness a snow leopard’s skull and other artefacts…

Program Description

In Animal Adaptations and Features, students will discover the connections between animals past and present – their structural features, adaptations and dependence on delicate ecosystems for survival.

Let’s analyse skulls, explore artefacts and visit zoo exhibits to understand the complex world of animals. Students can use their understanding of animal adaptations to identify features, classify the incredible creatures at the zoo and discover the connections between all living things. Could an understanding of animal adaptations help them to learn how to care for the world’s wildlife?

With student and teacher resources to enhance the learning experience before, during and after your Zoo visit, Animal Adaptations and Features, brings the science of the animal kingdom to life. Students will be challenged to classify animals, determine what adaptations they have to help them survive and what threats they are facing in the wild. By understanding what animals require to thrive in the wild, students will learn how they can adapt their behaviour to ensure species survival.

Students will learn:

  • How to observe the structural and behavioural adaptations of animals that help them to survive in their environment
  • About ecosystems and what animals need to thrive in their environment
  • The impact of humans on places, habitats and ecosystems
Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.40 - 10am) 10 minutes
Workshop with Melbourne Zoo teacher 
40 minutes
Student-led inquiry Optional
Explore the Zoo – visit animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks
1 - 4 hours

Program resources

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 3 – 4

Science Understanding

Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)

  • Through insightful observations, students will group species based on their structural adaptations

Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)

  • Students will learn about the fragile nature of ecosystems, what animals need to thrive in their environment

Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)

  • Students will learn about the impact of humans on places, habitats and ecosystems

Plan your excursion 

Animal Adaptations and Features 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 via Rail Gate. The organising teacher must present their booking confirmation to Admission staff prior to students and remaining teachers entering the Zoo. More information

Book your excursion

Call (03) 9340 2788

You will need the following to book your excursion:

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