Three secondary students laying on the grass, using a moisture prob to study the grasslands of Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Bandicoot Survival

Year levels



$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students

Learn how the skills you’re learning in VCE are applied to breeding and release programs to save a local endangered species.

Program Description

In Bandicoot Survival, students take their understandings of animal adaptations and how living systems sustain life to a real-life conservation program. Observe a local threatened species, collecting data about the animals’ adaptations for survival and interactions within their grassland environment. This data will be shared online to add to the existing body of knowledge.

Students gain an invaluable, real-world perspective of how Zoos Victoria are researching and trialling to fight the extinction of threatened species. Ultimately, students will be asked to use the data they’ve collected in the field to determine if a proposed release site is capable of meeting the need of the species. Can you help to ensure the survival of a species?

Students will learn:

  • How a grasslands ecosystem sustains life
  • What a local threatened species requires for survival
  • How to gather data on an animal’s adaptations and interactions and apply this knowledge to a breed and release program
  • How the skills they’re learning in the classroom can be applied in a real-world conservation program
Activity Duration
Workshop with Werribee Open Range Zoo teacher
80 minutes
Safari bus tour 40 minutes
Self-guided walking trails and options to join educational keeper talks  1 – 4 hours

Learning outcomes

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – Biology

Unit 1: How do living things stay alive?

Area of study 2: How do living things sustain life?

  • Students will apply their understandings about the adaptations a local threatened species possess to enable their survival along with the interdependencies that occur between species in their grassland environment to make recommendations for the suitability of a selected habitat as a release site


Plan your excursion 

Bandicoot Survival is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection. Students will need a copy of the student booklet, clipboard and a pen.

The organising teacher should make themselves known to Admission Staff prior to entering the Zoo so that payment can be made. 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