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)

Learn how the skills you’re learning in VCE are applied to breeding and release programs to save endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot.

Program Description

Learn more about the Eastern Barred Bandicoot and discover how and why we’re working to save this species from extinction.

Biodiversity is essential for the health of an ecosystem. In Dynamic Ecosystems, Environmental Science students will learn about the threats Eastern Barred Bandicoots are facing, gain an insight into what it takes to recover an endemic species from extinction and determine the value of these efforts in trying to maintain species diversity.

Learn about the bandicoots’ needs for survival and use a quadrat sampling method to collect data and make recommendations for a proposed bandicoot release site. Your fieldwork data will be shared online to build an important picture of the change to a grassland site over time and the implications this has for species management and maintaining diversity.

Students will learn:

  • The importance of biodiversity for a grassland ecosystem
  • How to collect data to assist with programs designed to sustain diversity
  • What it takes to recover an endemic species from extinction
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 Eastern Barred Bandicoots 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