Year levels

Year 5 & Year 6


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)


Adaptations, Australian Animals, Biodiversity, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Human Impact, Resource Management

Learn how African predators have adapted to hunt their prey and the tricks their prey have learned to survive.

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, 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
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

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
Geographical Knowledge

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 

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