Year levels

Year 3 & Year 4

Cost

$19 per student

Availability

Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Themes

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

It’s survival of the fittest in the grasslands of Africa. Take a trip to the African savannah, engage in hands-on activities and discover the features African predators need to hunt successfully and the adaptations prey have developed to give them a fighting chance.

Program Description

It’s survival of the fittest in the grasslands of Africa. Take a trip to the African savannah, engage in hands-on activities and discover the features African predators need to hunt successfully and the adaptations prey have developed to give them a fighting chance. 

Get a chance to observe the incredible African predator and prey up-close. 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.

As part of Predator Prey, students will participate in a discussion about African wildlife and the challenges they face in the wild. Students will also learn about Zoos Victoria’s mission to fight extinction and how they can help.

Students will learn:

  • How to identify key features African animals have developed to survive
  • How African animals rely on each other and the environment
  • The challenges African wildlife face in the wild
  • How Zoos Victoria is helping to Fight Extinction
Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.50 - 10.05am) 10 minutes
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

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum F – 10

Science Understanding

 

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

 

Geographical Knowledge

 

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.

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