Year levels

Early Childhood


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 3 children are admitted for free with this program. Additional adults are welcome to join for a reduced rate


Animal Features, Ecosystems / Habitats, Families, Life cycles

Children will become a Wild Explorer for the day, learning about three special endangered Australian animals through song, story and play.

Program Description

Wild Explorers learn to love and care for animals. Students discover how to protect animals' habitats and the importance of ensuring their survival through play-based learning, stories and song.

Students commence their day as Wild Explorers through story-time with our educators. They'll learn about our animals' unique characteristics, habitats and needs. We'll introduce the children to the plight of three of Australia's most endangered species: the Southern Corroboree Frog, Eastern Barred Bandicoot and the Helmeted Honeyeater and explain Zoos Victoria's breeding program to protect these important creatures.

Of course Wild Explorers have a lot more to uncover. Students and their supervisors are encouraged to explore our outdoor learning space, the Keeper Kids precinct, searching for the hidden Wild Explorer boxes and unlocking the secrets of what make our animals so special.

Who knows what animals you might meet along the way - extraordinary encounters abound for Wild Explorers. Students might feel the rumble of an Asian Elephant's trumpet or take a closer look at the curious Lord Howe Stick Insect on their adventure through the zoo. Check out the program itinerary to find out where and when our animal encounters take place.

Wild Explorers will learn:

  • How to love and care for animals
  • The unique characteristics and needs of various animal species
  • Sustainability and conservation issues
Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.40 - 10am) 10 minutes
Session with Melbourne Zoo teacher 40 minutes
Explore the Zoo – visit animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks 1 - 4 hours

Learning outcomes

Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world 

  • Children will learn ways to care for the environment and contribute to a sustainable future

Plan your excursion 

Wild Explorers 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