Learn how African predators have adapted to hunt their prey and the tricks their prey have learned to survive.
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, working with African communities to protect wildlife and how they can help, too.
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
|Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.50 - 10.05am)||10 minutes|
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 Curriculum F – 10
Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
- Students will learn how African wildlife have adaptations to help them be successful predators and avoid becoming prey
The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)
- Students will learn how reliant African wildlife are on the environment to survive and how humans can impact on their survival
Environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of places and the management of spaces within them (VCGGK096)
- Students discover the impacts of livestock in the African savannah and how Zoos Victoria is working to help create wildlife friendly communities
Australia’s connections with other countries and how these change people and places (VCGGK098)
- Students discover how Zoos Victoria is working with communities in Africa to help protect 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