Year levels

Year 3 & Year 4


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


Aboriginal Culture, Adaptations, Australian Animals, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Life cycles

In this program, students will discover which animals are Local Legends and learn how they can become a hero in the lives of these unique creatures.

Program Description

In this program, students will discover which animals are Local Legends and learn how they can become a hero in the lives of these unique creatures.

Aboriginals have been telling the story of these five unique animals for millennia. Now your students can hear these ancient legends and discover how to become a hero in their story.

Witness the speed of a Helmeted Honeyeater's wings, hear the bark of a hungry Australian Fur Seal, be awed by the power of the ancient Philippine Crocodile, join in on the chorus of the Corroboree Frog and try to find the expertly camouflaged Lord Howe Island Stick Insect. Targeting critical thinking and introducing the importance and history of story-telling, the program asks students, ‘why do our Local Legends need heroes?’

Students will visit our Local Legends and learn their story. Explore the Local Legends through specially designed signage, informative workshops and exploratory play. Students can also ask our knowledgeable educators all the questions on their minds.

At the end of a fun-filled day meeting and learning more about these incredible animals, students have an opportunity to do their own story-telling, sharing the story of what makes their Local Legend unique and how humans impact on their world. Students are given the opportunity to reflect on what they've learnt and discuss how they can change their behaviour to become a hero for their Local Legend.

Local Legends will learn:

  • The impact humans have on the environment
  • Animal characteristics, lifecycles and needs for survival
  • How story-telling is used across cultures to share ideas and impart wisdom
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture and history
  • What they can do to protect endangered wildlife
Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.40 - 10am)
10 minutes
Workshop with Melbourne Zoo teacher 20 minutes
Explore the Zoo – meet the 5 local legend animals, visit other animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks 1 – 4 hours

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 3 – 4

Science Understanding

Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)

  • As students tell the story of their chosen local legend, understanding the actions of humans on the living world allows them to change their behaviour to help be a hero for the animal

Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)

  • Understanding the connections by predicting the effects when living things in feeding relationships are removed or die out in an area
Geographical Knowledge

The many Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia, and the custodial responsibility they have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability (VCGGK080)

  • The students explore how oral traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were used to describe Country/Place. Students gain knowledge of how the Wurundjeri people interacted with the land and its animals


Intercultural Capability

Compare their own and others cultural practices, showing how these may influence the ways people relate to each other (VCICCB005)

  • The idea of storytelling, passing information from one generation to another, fostering strong family ties, keeping traditions alive and understanding family heritage links both European and Wurundjeri cultures

Plan your excursion 

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

School groups will enter via Rail Gate. The organising teacher must present their booking confirmation to Admission staff prior to students and remaining teachers entering the Zoo. 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