A female student holding an animal skull. The skull has its mouth open and a female zoo worker watches on.

Herbivore, Carnivore

Year levels



$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students

Herbivore or carnivore? Take a close look at various species, their skulls and scats to understand how these organisms function and how their food web sustains them.

Program Description

Compare and contrast the characteristics and digestive systems of various species to understand the adaptations that allow them to survive in their environment. 

We investigate and compare the diet and dentition of a range of African grassland species, with a focus on ungulates. Students will gain insight into living systems, the interdependencies and the potential impacts of changes to keystone species in the African savannah.

Learn how to classify mammals into dietary groups based on morphological characteristics, by observing animals and by analysing their skulls and scat.

Students will learn:

  • The structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations that allow mammals to survive in the African savannah
Activity Duration
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

Program maps and itineraries

Your booking confirmation email will list your group's education workshop time/s. Each workshop time has its own map and daily itinerary. Paper maps will be provided to you on the day.

Program resources

These documents are password protected so that VCE students can complete their Student Workbook to the best of their ability. You will be emailed the password when you book your excursion.

Learning outcomes

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – Biology

Unit 1: How do living things stay alive?

Area of Study 1: How do organisms function?

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

  • Students will contrast the different digestive system of herbivores, in particular ungulates, to gain an understanding of the adaptations that enhance species survival within a grassland environment


Plan your excursion 

Herbivore Carnivore 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