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Day in the life of a wombat

Wombats have lovely large noses like dogs, but they're different from dogs' noses. How are they different? They also have hard heads and sharps nails to dig their homes with. What are their homes called? What do they do with most of their day?

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Meet the creatures of the coral reef

Dive into the busy and colourful world of the coral reef. Explore some of the many animals that live in the shallow waters of the reef. See how they catch food and make their homes there.

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Endangered species - marine turtles

This is a detailed plan for teaching a unit on endangered species - marine turtles. It includes a unit outline, overview and aim, learning outcomes, inquiry questions, background information about the marine turtles, lesson plans and a guide to assessment. The lesson sequence is based on the inquiry based 5Es approach to ...

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Exploring the Reef

This is a detailed plan for teaching a unit on exploring the Reef. It includes a unit outline, overview and aim, learning outcomes, inquiry questions, background information about the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, lesson plans and a guide to assessment. The lesson sequence is based on the inquiry based 5Es approach to ...

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Animal adaptations

This is a detailed plan for teaching a unit about structural and behavioural adaptations of animals and plants. It includes a unit outline, overview and aim, learning outcomes, inquiry questions, background information about adaptations, lesson plans and a guide to assessment. The lesson sequence is based on the inquiry ...

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Biodiversity of the Western Volcanic Plains Flora and Fauna Field Guide - iTunes app

View descriptions of the flora and fauna of Victoria's western volcanic plains region including details about physical features, habitat, diet, reproduction and taxonomic classification together with images and distribution maps. Plant and animals are grouped by broad categories such as mammals, reptiles, birds, fern, shrub ...

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Observing a swan

Join Don Spencer as he observes (looks carefully at) a black swan. Discover a surprise under this bird's black outer feathers. Watch how differently the swan moves on land and in water.

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Monarch marathon: winging it to warmer weather

When Monarch Butterfly caterpillars hatch from their tiny eggs, they must get ready to travel thousands of kilometres to escape the cold winter weather. See how these caterpillars change and grow to make this long journey possible.

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Peek-a-boo baby bettong

A bettong is an Australian marsupial. Take a close look at two baby bettongs of different ages. See what changes they go through while they are living in their mother's pouch. Also, see what is special about the bettong's hind foot.

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Fish - from ocean to table

Have you ever eaten fish for dinner? This clip tells the story of how fish come from the sea to your plate. See how fish are caught, bought and sold. Watch a fish being cut into fillets and find out what happens to the bits we don't eat.

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Observing an emu

Join Don Spencer as he describes the emu, one of the biggest birds in the world. Watch emus searching for food and taking care of their eggs. Discover what makes the emu different from most other birds.

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Observing a sugar glider

Don Spencer shows us a small mammal called a sugar glider. Take a close look at its big eyes and furry tail. See it glide through the air from tree to tree. Watch the sugar glider eat. Learn how it got its name.

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Red kangaroos: efficient hoppers

The red kangaroo can cover many kilometres at speeds of around 30-40 kilometres per hour. Watch these amazing animal athletes in action and find out what makes them such champion long-jumpers.

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Alpacas: no hump but spits like a camel

Meet Kai the alpaca, an animal that is a bit like a camel. Listen as Cassandra talks about the alpaca's fleece (body covering), how it lives in herds and what it eats. See the two types of alpaca breed: Huacaya and Suri. How are they different? The clue is in their fleece.

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Where does honey come from?

Discover where honey comes from. Learn how and why honey is made and how we get different types of honey. See what daily life is like in a bee colony.

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Epic swim, Dude, so gimme some fin!

Follow these Green Turtle hatchlings as they begin a long and dangerous ocean journey. After leaving their nest on Heron Island, they will swim around the Pacific Ocean for twelve years until they are strong enough to return.

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Quoll nursery: a pouchful of babies

Meet the quoll, a marsupial hunter. Get a pouch-eye view of some baby quolls. See how the young quolls differ from their mother. Soon they will be too big to stay in the pouch.

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A pig in high heels?

Meet Trotsky the pet pig. Look at him carefully and find out more about pigs as pets. See how Trotsky is looked after and why he is a much-loved family pet.

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Observing a goanna

Take a close look at the largest of Australia's lizards, the goanna. It is also called a monitor lizard. Observe (look carefully at) these scaly reptiles as Don Spencer describes their features.

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Can you train a blue-tongue lizard to do tricks?

Meet Coco and Yoshi, two blue-tongue lizards. Isabel says they make great pets. Find out what Isabel likes about them and how she cares for them. Discover how she gets Yoshi to complete a daring trick! See how a snail helps!