Year levels

Year 9 & Year 10


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)


Adaptations, Biodiversity, Classification, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Human Impact, Resource Management

They say you are what you eat. Can you tell by looking at these animals what (or who)’s for dinner?

Program Description

In the wild it’s a case of eat, or be eaten. Animals are specially adapted to chow down on their favourite food and avoid being eaten themselves. In Eat or be Eaten, you’ll learn to identify what (or who)’s for dinner in each animal’s life.

Animals are adapted to obtain and digest food and help them avoid being eaten themselves. By looking at the unique characteristics of African animals, students will understand food webs by classifying animals based on their diet.

Investigate living animals and analyse skulls to classify species based on their structural adaptions for obtaining and digesting food, and to avoid being eaten themselves. By analysing this food web, students will understand the impact if a species is lost. This understanding highlights the importance of healthy ecosystems and the need for conservation programs.

A safari tour helps students to understand this eco-system in a broader context and the remarkable interactions and interdependencies that occur in grasslands all over the world, from Africa to our own backyard.

Students will learn:

  • How organisms can be classified based on their adaptations to obtain and digest food
  • How diverse species have developed a range of adaptations to help them survive in an ecosystem, supporting the theory of evolution
  • The impacts on ecosystems when a species is introduced or removed and how we can reduce impact
Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.50 - 10.05am) 10 minutes
Workshop with Werribee Open Range Zoo teacher
30 minutes
Safari bus tour 40 minutes
Self-guided walking trails and options to join educational keeper talks  1 – 4 hours

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum F – 10

Science Understanding


The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence (VCSSU120)

  • Through skull analysis, student observe how animals have evolved to develop a diverse range of adaptations which enables them to find food, avoid being eaten and occupy certain niches to enable a range of species to share a common ecosystem

Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (VCSSU121)

  • Students establish a food web to represent the flow of energy between organisms that live within the African savanna and determine how human actions may impact upon this balance


Geographical Concepts and Skills

Identify, analyse and explain significant spatial distributions and patterns and identify and evaluate their implications, over time and at different scales (VCGGC128)

  • Students establish a food web to represent the flow of energy between organisms that live within the African savanna and determine how human actions may impact upon this balance

Plan your excursion 

Eat or Be Eaten is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection.

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