Year levels

Year 5 & Year 6


$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

Discover which animals are Local Legends and learn how you can be a legend, too!

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 characteristics that make these animals unique and the reasons changes to their environment is threatening their survival
  • How storytelling, considering the influence of cultural norms, religion, world views, can be used as the basis for action on important ethical issues like conservation
  • The role of science and how science can be used to promote sustainability
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 5 – 6

Science Understanding


The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)

  • Through telling the story of the pressures placed on animals and their environment students will gain an understanding of the dangers of human impact on wildlife and wild places


Geographical Concepts and Skills

Describe and explain interconnections within places and between places, and the effects of these interconnections (VCGGC087)

  • Understanding human impact can be both positive and negative, and encourage students to research the changes made by people to the natural environment
Ethical Capability

Discuss how ethical principles can be used as the basis for action, considering the influence of cultural norms, religion, world views and philosophical thought on these principles. (VCECU010)

  • Investigating ways that students can promote behaviour change through culture, religion, world view in the context of storytelling

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