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Local Legends

Local Legends

Year level 
Year 5 & Year 6
$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

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)
    Through telling the story of the pressures placed on animals and their environment students will gain an understanding of the dangers of human impact on wildlife and wild places

Science Inquiry Skills

  • With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be based on previous experiences or general rules (VCSIS082)
    Investigating the unique animal traits, threats and possible solutions to the threats requires good questioning, gathering of information from variety of sources and presenting the information in a meaningful way
  • 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 Concepts  and Skills

  • Describe and explain interconnections within places and between places, and the effects of these interconnections (VCGGC087)
    Understanding human impact can be both positive and negative, and encourage students to research the changes made by people to the natural environment

Ethical Capabilities

  • Discuss how ethical principles can be used as the basis for action, considering the influence of cultural norms, religion, world views and philosophical thought on these principles. (VCECU010)
    Investigating ways that students can promote behaviour change through culture, religion, world view in the context of storytelling

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 characteristics that make these animals unique and the reasons changes to their environment is threatening their survival
    • How storytelling, considering the influence of cultural norms, religion, world views, can be used as the basis for action on important ethical issues like conservation
    • The role of science and how science can be used to promote sustainability

    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

    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.