Be immersed in the African savannah to understand how VCE Biology Unit 1 applies to a living ecosystem.
Compare and contrast the characteristics and digestive system of various species to understand the adaptations that allow them to survive in their environment.
We go on safari to observe a range of grassland species, in particular ungulates. Students will gain an insight into living systems to determine the beneficial and benign relationships that exist in an ecosystem, 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
- The beneficial, harmful and benign relationships between species
- Interdependencies between species as represented by food webs
Workshop with Werribee Open Range Zoo teacher
|Safari bus tour||40 minutes|
|Self-guided walking trails and options to join educational keeper talks||1 – 4 hours|
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – Biology
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