Its years since I went to the zoo but over the years it has grown and improved and is Australia’s oldest. It was opened in 1862 and offers several historic features such as the Main Walk and an early 20th century menagerie exhibit which are in the historic area. The zoo was modeled on the London Zoo is believed to be the 11th oldest zoo in the world.
The zoo is set on 55 acres close to the center of Melbourne. There are more than 350 animal species from Australia and around the world.
Open daily from 0900 - 1700.
Great for adults as well as Children! This zoo keeps healthy animals, such as tigers, lions, elephants, wolfs, bears, butterflys, you name it, they have it!
it took us nearly 4 hours of entertainment traveling around the zoo.
$15.00 for an adult. i didnt see how much for children.
Melbourne Zoo, a little bit tired
More than 350 animal species from Australia and around the world are on view just 4 km from the centre of Melbourne, in a botanic garden setting of 55 acres / 22 hectares.
The zoo is great for families, couples, singles of all ages. It's got the same sorts of showcases that zoos all over the world boast, but with that little touch of Australiana. To really enjoy it, put aside 4-5 hours. During the summer months of January and February, the zoo keeps it's gates open into the Daylight Savings hours, and on the weekends, has Jazz Concerts in the Gardens. It's worthwhile to take along a picnic basket (and a couple of bottles of Champagne if you so wish) to enjoy the evening. There are hampers for sale at the restaurants inside, but are far more expensive than one you could make up yourself.
They treat their animals very well, have lots of different types of Aussie and overseas animals. The enclosures are built to resemble the animals' native habitat. The primate park is very nice for them. They are currently re-doing the elephant enclosure and have some plans for a hotel and more eating places too!
The day I was there, as sunset approached, people began to gather on the grass knoll directly in from the entrance. Everybody was spread out on a blanket snacking, dancing, and generallly enjoying the band that starting playing.
One of the most beautiful zoo we could admire in the world. Very intersting and educative zone on australian marsupials thet helps understanding the australian fight against 'pests' like rabbits, cats and horses...
The gorillas have a vast zone where hopefully thez can reproduce better than in Africa...
The Melbourne Zoo
The Butterfly House is without a doubt one of the highlights of the zoo. If you want to take photographs inside, allow plenty of time for your camera to warm up once inside. The high humidity inside will cover a cold camera with condensation as soon as it is pulled out of the bag. But the 10-20 minute wait is worth it. The butterflies are pretty oblivious to people walking through, often landing on brightly coloured shirts and hats. Apart from the butterflies, there is also a collection of tropical plants.
The lions can be viewed from above, best seen at feeding time.
There are many activities for children, including interactive skeleton displays and drawing.
The zoo has an Australian animal section.
This particular area was beautifully made. The giraffe and zebra sure had a lovely island to call home. It was a nice large area, completely surrounded by water.
The Melbourne Zoo has a fantastic range of animals and it is set out very well.
It's open every day of the year from 9 am to 5 pm.