These special feature videos are suitable for Foundation to Year 10 students and mapped to curriculum. These interactive and engaging videos include keeper talks and more video updates straight from our zoos.

Lion Keeper Talk

Keeper Aimee introduces the two lions at Melbourne Zoo

Level/s:  3-4, 5-6
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animal features and adaptations
Questions: What features show you that a male lion has developed to become an adult?
  Can you explain how the lion hierachy works?
  What sort of smells would the big cat's Jacobson's organ be trying to detect in the wild?

Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby

Meet Wimba, the young Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby.

Level/s:  Early Childhood, Foundation
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: The needs of living things
Questions: What do Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies eat?
  What do Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies look like?
  What would it feel like to hop like a Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby?

Koala Encounter

Keeper Paul introduces the koalas at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Level/s:  7-8, 9-10
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animal features, adaptations and classification
Questions: What are the features and adaptations of koalas?
  What is the difference between male and female koalas?
  How would Keeper Paul use his knowledge to care for the koalas at Werribee Zoo?

Tasmanian Devil Keeper Talk

Keeper Mel introduces Pipkin the Tasmanian Devil at Healesville Sanctuary.

Level/s:  1-2, 3-4
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Life cycles and animal features
Questions: What did you learn about the life cycle of a Tasmanian Devil?
What are the body features of a Tasmanian Devil?
If you were a Tasmanian Devil, what things would you like in your habitat?

 

Platypus Keeper Talk

Keeper Jess talks about the life cycle and special features of a platypus

Level/s:  1-2, 3-4
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Life cycles and animal features
Questions: What did you learn about the life cycle of a platypus?
What are the body features of a platypus?
What would be the best thing about being a platypus?

 

Lyrebird Keeper Talk

Keeper Kat talks about the two special lyrebirds at Healesville Sanctuary

Level/s:  1-2, 3-4
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Life cycles and animal features
Questions: What signs are the lyrebirds showing that they are ready to breed?
What are different sounds does Apollo the male lyrebird copy?
What would be the best thing about being a lyrebird?

Kangaroo Keeper Talk

Keeper Fisk talks about the types of kangaroos at Healesville Sanctuary

Level/s:  7-8, 9-10
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animal features, adaptations and classification
Questions: How did Keeper Fisk classify red kangaroos?
What are the features and adaptations used by kangaroos to raise their baby joeys?
How might Keeper Fisk use his knowledge to care for the kangaroos at Healesville Sanctuary?

Dingo Keeper Talk

Keeper Bianca introduces the four dingoes at Healesville Sanctuary

Level/s:  5-6, 7-8
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animal features, adaptations and classification
Questions: What are the body features of a dingo?
What adaptations help dingoes to be effective hunters?
How might Bianca use her knowledge of dingo features and adaptations in her job?

Safari Tour

Ranger Gordon takes you on a virtual safari bus tour of Werribee Open Range Zoo

Level/s:  7-8, 9-10
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animals' survival is affected by their environment and human activity
Questions: What animal features and adaptations did you learn about?
What positive and negative impact are humans having on animals in the wild?
What is the role of zoos in the world today?

Seal Keeper Talk

Keeper Aimee tells the story of seal rescue in the wild

Level/s:  7-8, 9-10
Curriculum Links: Science, Sustainability
Topic: Animals' survival is affected by their environment and human activity
Questions: How do balloons end up in the ocean?
How do balloons impact the survival of marine wildlife?
What else can we do to help marine wildlife?

Koala Keeper Talk

Keeper Craig talks about the traits of the koalas at Healesville Sanctuary

Level/s:  5-6, 7-8
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animal features, adaptations and classification
Questions: What are the unique features and adaptations of a koala?
How might we classify koalas?
What can we do to care for koalas in the wild?

Lion Keeper Talk

Keeper Kieralie introduces the two lion prides at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Level/s:  3-4, 5-6
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animal features and adaptations
Questions: What lion features and adaptations did you learn about?
Why does Jarra the lion live by herself?
If you were a lion, what type of enrichment (boxes, smells, balls) would you like to play with?

Orang-utan Keeper Talk

Keeper Sarah shares how Melbourne Zoo Keepers design enrichment for orang-utans.

Level/s:  3-4, 5-6, 7-8
Curriculum Links: Design and Technologies
Topic: Design and technologies can meets community (and animal) needs
Questions: What is enrichment?
What enrichment examples did you see?
What enrichment would you design for an Orang-utan? 

 

Serval Keeper Talk

Keeper Laura introduces the two servals at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Level/s:  5-6, 7-8
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animal features, adaptations and classification
Questions: What features and adaptations does a serval have in order to find food?
How might we classify servals?
If you were a serval, what you like to have in your zoo habitat?

Baboon Keeper Talk

Keeper Sarah introduces the troop of baboons at Melbourne Zoo

Level/s:  5-6, 7-8
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animal features, adaptations and classification
Questions: What are the features and adaptations of the baboon?
How could we classify a baboon?
How might Sarah use her knowledge of baboon features and adaptations?

Gorilla Keeper Talk

Keeper Kathy introduces the three male gorillas at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Level/s:  1-2, 3-4
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Living things and animal features
Questions: How is Motaba the same and/or different from his two sons?
What do gorillas and humans have in common?
Can you explain or draw what a gorilla looks like?

Elephant Keeper Talk

Keeper Sarah speaks about Melbourne Zoo's herd of Asian Elephants.

Level/s:  3-4, 5-6
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animal features
Questions: What are the body features of an Asian Elephant?
Why does Man Jai need time away from other elephants?
If you were an elephant at Melbourne Zoo, would you like in your zoo habitat?

Meerkat Keeper Talk

Ranger Gordon shares his favourite facts about the meerkats at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Level/s:  3-4, 5-6
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animals feature and adaptations
Questions: What meerkat features and adaptations did you learn about?
What is in a meerkat habitat?
If you were a meerkat, what type of enrichment would you like to play with?

Leadbeater's Possum

Harley the Leadbeater's Possum tells you about how he lives in the wild

Level/s:  Early Childhood, Foundation, 1-2
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: The needs of living things
Questions: What do Leadbeater's Possums look like?
  What else did you learn about the Leadbeater's Possum?
  What would it feel like to move through the trees like a Leadbeater's Possum?

Tiger Keeper Talk

Keeper Sarah introduces the tigers at Melbourne Zoo

Level/s:  5-6, 7-8
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animal features, adaptations and classification
Questions: What are the features and adaptations of a Sumatran Tiger? 
  Why do the Sumatran Tigers at Melbourne Zoo live alone?
  If you were a tiger, what type of enrichment (boxes, smells, balls) would you like to play with?

Giraffe Feed Encounter at Werribee Zoo

Keeper Lauren introduces the giraffes at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Level/s:  5-6, 7-8
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animal features, adaptations and classification
Questions: What are the features and adaptations of the Rothschild Giraffe?
  What are features and adaptations might a giraffe have to survive Melbourne's colder winters?
  How might keepers like Lauren care for the giraffess at Werribee Zoo?

Little Penguin Keeper Talk

Keeper Sarah introduces the Little Penguins at Melbourne Zoo.

Level/s:  5-6, 7-8
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animal features, adaptations and classification
Questions: What are the features and adaptations of Little Penguins?
  How do Zoo keepers check the health of Little Penguins?
  How might we help Little Penguins in the wild?

Helmeted Honeyeater

Meet Victoria's bird emblem, the beautiful little Helmeted Honeyeater

Level/s:  Early Childhood, Foundation
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: The needs of living things
Questions: What do Helmeted Honeyeaters look like?
  What do Helmeted Honeyeaters like to eat?
  What would it feel like to fly like a Helmeted Honeyeater?

African Wild Dog Training

Healthcare training for the African Wild Dogs at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Level/s:  5-6, 7-8
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animal features, adaptations and classification
Questions: What is the purpose of the African Wild training?
  What sort of tools did Christina use for training the African Wild Dogs?
  What other default behaviours do you think they would get the African Wild Dogs to do?

Pygmy Hippo Keeper Talk

Keeper Curtis introduces Felix the pygmy hippo at Melbourne Zoo.

Level/s:  5-6, 7-8
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animal features, adaptations and classification
Questions: What are the differences between a Pygmy Hippo and a Nile Hippo?
  How does hippo skin help them to survive in their environment?
  How might Curtis use his knowledge of hippo features and adaptations in his job?

Tiger Time

Meet the Sumartran Tigers at Melbourne Zoo as part of World Tiger Day.

Level/s:  5-6, 7-8
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animals' survival is affected by their environment and human activity
Questions: What are the features of Sumatran Tigers?
  What adaptations do tigers use to survive in the wild?
  What is the main threat to Sumatran Tigers and what are people doing about it?

Wombat Keeper Talk

Keeper Olivia introduces you to Gem the Common Wombat.

Level/s:  3-4, 5-6, 7-8
Curriculum Links: Science
Topic: Animal features, adaptations and classification
Questions: What are the unique features and adaptations of a Common Wombat?
  What is the life cycle of a Common Wombat?
  How might Keeper Olivia use her knowledge about Common Wombats to care for them at Healesville Sanctuary?