For thousands of years people have grouped living things in different ways. This program enables students to engage in classifying wildlife both found here at the Sanctuary and across Australia. Hands on wildlife encounters coupled with education from experienced experts provide students with the opportunity to identify how animals are classified both informally through many common names and formally through their Latin / scientific name.
Over time scientists have devised a comprehensive model of classification that utilises many of these characteristics. It is a model that has been adapted and modified by succeeding generations of biologists, zoologists, botanists and ecologists as advances in scientific knowledge and technology provide scientists with a greater understanding of life on earth. Students will learn about the systems that reflect evolutionary relatedness between groups of organisms according to size, diet, habitat, skeletal structure, method of reproduction, period of activity, dentition, ease of domestication, vocalisation and method of regulating body heat.