Animal Classification and Adaptations
Immerse yourself in skull specimens, biological artefacts and real-world animal observations to understand the complex world of animal classification and adaptation.
It’s much easier to grasp the concepts of classification and adaptations when you’re up close and personal with a snow leopard’s skull and other artefacts…
In Animal Classification and Adaptations, students will learn valuable observation and classification skills to organise animals into groups based on shared characteristics.
With student and teacher resources to enhance the learning experience before, during and after your Zoo visit, Animal Classification and Adaptations 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 to group and classify animals in various ways
- About the food webs and food chains animals need to thrive in their environment
- The impact of humans on places, habitats and ecosystems
|Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.40 - 10am)||10 minutes|
|Classification workshop with Melbourne Zoo teacher||40 minutes|
|Explore the Zoo – visit animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks||1 - 4 hours|
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – Psychology
There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (VCSSU091)
- Students will learn about classification systems and, through facilitated observations of organisms living and once living, note the differences and classify in a range of ways
Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs and can be affected by human activity (VCECU011)
- Students will learn about the fragile nature of food webs, the roles of predators, prey and primary consumers and how humans can have a positive and negative environmental impact on these
Identify, analyse and explain interconnections within places and between places and identify and explain changes resulting from these interconnections (VCGGC101)
- Students will learn about the impact of humans on places, habitats and ecosystems and what effect these impacts may have
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