What makes our Australian wildlife so unique?

We live on an island continent where our animals have evolved in remarkable ways. In this flexible session you can choose a focus: investigate the features and body coverings of different animals, their special habitats, or amazing life cycles.

Students develop a deeper connection with wildlife when given the opportunity to feel the cool skin of a frog or stroke a possum's soft fur. For bold explorers there is the chance to learn about Australia’s distinct landscapes, and which animals choose to call the creeks, the forests and the deserts their home. Students might even share their own personal encounter with animals that grew up in a pouch or hatched from eggs.

Pre visit

 

  1. Check out Actwild.org.au and register as a new user.
  2. Watch the short video (top of page) about Tasmanian Devils.

Post visit

 

  1. A new born Tasmanian Devil is almost the same size as a $2 or 5 cent coin. Organise a Common Cents Challenge back at school to support Zoos Victoria help this species fight extinction.
  2. Get creative and show your love for our local threatened wildlife. Create your own video mashup about Tasmanian Devils then share your creation with the world!

Aussie Creature Features addresses AusVELS levels F-4 standards.  It supports the cross-curriculum priorities of Sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures and addresses achievements in the domains of Science, Interpersonal Development, Personal Learning, Civics and Citizenship, English, Humanities and Thinking Processes.

 

Program details

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Year level 
Foundation – Year 4
Duration 
45 minutes
Cost 
$16.10 per student
Student ratio 
1 adult to 5 students (Prep to Grade 2), 1 adult to 10 students (Grade 3 to 4)
Availability 
By appointment
Program type 
Zoo educator led

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