Year levels

Year 3, Year 4

Cost

$19 per student

Availability

Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students

Themes

Adaptations, Classification, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Food Chains / Webs, Life cycles

Take a trip to the African savannah, engage in hands-on activities and discover the features of African predators and their prey.

Program description

It’s survival of the fittest in the grasslands of Africa. Discover the adaptions predators have to hunt successfully and the features prey have developed to give them a fighting chance.

Observe incredible African predator's and their prey. Analyse skulls and investigate what it takes for these animals to survive. In Predator Prey, students will learn how to group animals based on their diet and discover how animals rely on their senses, each other and their environment to survive.

Students will learn:

  • How to identify key features and adaptations of selected African animals have developed to survive
  • How African animals rely on each other and the environment
  • About the challenge’s African wildlife face in the wild
  • How Zoos Victoria is helping to Fight Extinction

Program sequence

Before your visit

Connect  

Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students’ curiosity before their zoo visit.

During your visit

Connect and Understand

During your Zoo Teacher workshop, students will participate in a discussion about African wildlife and the challenges they face. Be immersed amongst animals and habitat as you explore the trails of Werribee Open Range Zoo. Students will also learn about Zoos Victoria’s mission to fight extinction and how they can help.

Your zoo visit will include:  Introduction (for arrivals between 9:50am – 10:10am), Zoo Teacher workshop (30 minutes), Safari Bus Tour (40 minutes) and keeper talks. Check out your Teaching Guide for other ideas of what to do at the zoo.

After your visit

Understand 

Use activities in the Teaching Guide to deepen students’ learning back at school. 

Act 

Use the Teaching Guide to enable students to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts. 

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

Predator Prey Teaching Guide *coming soon*

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 3-4

Science

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

  • Students will explore how selected African animals depend on each other and the environment to survive

Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)

  • Students will have the opportunity to observe the features of animals
Geography

Location of major countries of Africa and South America in relation to Australia and their major characteristics including the types of vegetation and native animals in at least two countries for both continents (VCGGK077)

  • Students will have the opportunity to learn about the adaptations of selected African wildlife

Similarities and differences in individuals’ and groups’ feelings and perceptions about places, and how they influence views about the protection of these places (VCGGK083)

  • Students will learn how Zoos Victoria is working with African communities to help protect African Wildlife

Plan your excursion 

Predator Prey 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 Werribee Open Range Zoo via the Main Entrance. Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival. More information.

All onsite excursion bookings are subject to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and as such are subject to change in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s advice. We will be in contact with all teachers prior to their booked date if we need to clarify any new requirements.

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