Year levels

Early Childhood


$19 per child


Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 3 children


Animal Features, Ecosystems / Habitats, Families, Life cycles

Children will become a Wild Explorer for the day. Through song, story and play, they will learn what makes an endangered Australian animal special.

Program description

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

Who knows what animals you might meet along the way  extraordinary encounters abound for Wild Explorers. Children 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 zoo map to find out where and when our keeper talks take place. 

Children will learn: 

  • How to love and care for animals 
  • The unique characteristics and needs of various animal species 
  • Sustainability and conservation issues 

Program sequence

Before your visit


Use the activities in the teaching guide (below) to spark children's curiosity before their zoo visit.

During your visit

Connect and Understand 

Children commence their day as Wild Explorers through story-time with a Zoo Teacher. Children will learn about animals' unique characteristics, habitats and needs. Zoo Teachers will introduce the children to the plight of some of Australia's most endangered species such as the Southern Corroboree Frog, Eastern Barred Bandicoot and the Helmeted Honeyeater. 

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

After your visit


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


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

Program resources


Wild Explorers Teaching Guide *coming soon*

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; children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection. 

School groups will enter Melbourne Zoo via the Rail Gate 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