add angle-downbadge calendarcard check-circle-ocheck clockemail envelope-oexclamation-circleexternal-link-squareexternal-linkfacebook-squarefacebook fighting-extinction flag-checkeredgift green-check info-circleinstagram-squareinstagram linkedin lock logo-healesville-inverse Healesville Sanctuary logoCreated with Sketch. logo-melbourne-inverse Melbourne Zoo logoCreated with Sketch. logo-werribee-inverse Werribee Zoo logo CopyCreated with Sketch. logo-zv-icons logo-zv-inverse logo-zv mime-pdf minus-boulderminus-circlepencilphone pinterest plus-boulderplus-circleremove tick timestwitter-squaretwitter vic-gov youtube

Local Legends

Local Legends

Year level 
Year 3 & Year 4
$19 per student
Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Discover which animals are Local Legends and learn how you can be a legend, too!

Learning Outcomes

Victorian Curriculum F – 10

Science Understanding

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)
    As students tell the story of their chosen local legend, understanding the actions of humans on the living world allows them to change their behaviour to help be a hero for the animal
  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)
    Understanding the connections by predicting the effects when living things in feeding relationships are removed or die out in an area

Geographical Knowledge

  • The many Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia, and the custodial responsibility they have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability (VCGGK080)
    The students explore how oral traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were used to describe Country/Place. Students gain knowledge of how the Wurundjeri people interacted with the land and its animals

Intercultural Capability

  • Compare their own and others cultural practices, showing how these may influence the ways people relate to each other (VCICCB005)
    The idea of storytelling, passing information from one generation to another, fostering strong family ties, keeping traditions alive and understanding family heritage links both European and Wurundjeri cultures

Critical and Creative Thinking

  • Construct and use open and closed questions for different purposes (VCCCTQ010)
    Students will have the opportunity to ask a number of questions both of the zoo teacher as well as keeping staff. Knowing how and what to ask is a vital skill to be used during the excursion

Program Description

In this program, students will discover which animals are Local Legends and learn how they can become a hero in the lives of these unique creatures.

    Aboriginals have been telling the story of these five unique animals for millennia. Now your students can hear these ancient legends and discover how to become a hero in their story.

    Witness the speed of a Helmeted Honeyeater's wings, hear the bark of a hungry Australian Fur Seal, be awed by the power of the ancient Philippine Crocodile, join in on the chorus of the Corroboree Frog and try to find the expertly camouflaged Lord Howe Island Stick Insect. Targeting critical thinking and introducing the importance and history of story-telling, the program asks students, ‘why do our Local Legends need heroes?’

    Students will visit our Local Legends and learn their story. Explore the Local Legends through specially designed signage, informative workshops and exploratory play. Students can also ask our knowledgeable educators all the questions on their minds.

    At the end of a fun-filled day meeting and learning more about these incredible animals, students have an opportunity to do their own story-telling, sharing the story of what makes their Local Legend unique and how humans impact on their world. Students are given the opportunity to reflect on what they've learnt and discuss how they can change their behaviour to become a hero for their Local Legend.

    Local Legends will learn:

    • The impact humans have on the environment
    • Animal characteristics, lifecycles and needs for survival
    • How story-telling is used across cultures to share ideas and impart wisdom
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture and history
    • What they can do to protect endangered wildlife

    What to bring

    Local Legends is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection.

    Student ratio

    1 adult for every 10 students are admitted for free with this program. Additional adults are welcome to join for a reduced rate.

    Plan your visit

    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

    The day's activities

    Welcome and introduction to your day
    10 minutes
    Workshop with Melbourne Zoo teacher
    20 minutes
    Explore the Zoo – meet the 5 local legend animals, visit other animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks
    1 – 4 hours
    10 minutes
    Aboriginal Culture
    Australian Animals
    Ecosystems / Habitats
    Endangered Species
    Life Cycles

    It’s easy to book your Local Legends excursion. Simply call (03) 9340 2788 between 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week.

    We’ll email to confirm your booking.