Animal Adaptations and Features

Year levels

Year 3, Year 4


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during school term)

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. 

Could an understanding of animal adaptations help them to learn how to care for the world’s wildlife? 

Animal Adaptations and Featuresbrings 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 

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 

Students will analyse skulls, explore artefacts and visit zoo habitats 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.  

Your zoo visit will include: Introduction (for arrivals between 9:40am – 10am), Zoo Teacher workshop (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 resources


Animal Adaptations and Features Teaching Guide *coming soon*

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 3-4


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 Melbourne Zoo via the Rail Gate 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 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