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The zoo is a great place to spend a day if you're in Melbourne. There are three 'loops' you can walk through and each one will take about an hour to an hour and a half. Make sure you get a map when you enter the zoo - it will also give you the feeding time for some of the animals, and this is a great way to learn more about them and to ask any of the zoo staff some questions.
When I went today, I was looking at a clouded leopard who was sitting at the back of her cage. One of the zoo staff called out to her and after a bit she made her way down to the front of the cage and I was introduced to 'Nona' - she was absolutely beautiful. I learnt that the clouded leopards are great at climbing trees (that is why they have such big paws, but short legs) and they have the largest teeth for a cat in relation to the cats body size.
There are hundreds of animals here: Elephants, Tigers, Lions, Orang-utans (who will soon have a new home), monkeys, gorillas, seals, polar bears, giraffes, bears, lemurs, meerkats, macaws, peacocks (who just roam around freely), red pandas, butterflies (in the butterfly house), plus snakes and other reptiles as well.
And of course a lot of Australian animals: koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, emus, echidnas, platypus...
There is just so much to see! Plus a lot of the paths within the different 'zones' are mainly dirt tracks with trees and other plants that reflect the habitat of the creatures around them. So around the kangaroos and emus are a lot of Australian bush flora.
There are a few drink and food areas around the zoo. Although there are plenty of areas for you to sit down and have a picnic if you want to save some money and bring your own lunch.
Free guided tours are available from 10am-3pm every day.
(children under 4 years are free)
Open every day of the year (including all holidays)
Sun - Sat: 9am-5pm.
The zoo is open for 'twilight' hours in the summer - see website for details.
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Zoos are never my favourite place but they're a great place to take the kids and you can keep them entertained for hours. The oldest zoo in Australia, thankfully there has been a complete overall in the attitude to the whole concept of zoos and Melbourne is moving towards the modernisation of its facilities (in fact the old 19th century brick and metal cages are now part of the exhibit to emphasise just how much things have moved on). They haven't been able to complete everything yet so there is a way to go, but you know there is a move in the right direction, for example. when you are not guaranteed seeing the tigers as a result of the dense bamboo and other foliage which forms part of the enclosure.
Its a progressive place - during the summer months there's even live music at the Zoo (Zoo Twilights).- January-March.
A$20 entrance, A$9.50 kids. Family tickets available (costs dependent on # of kids). Open 9.30 - 5pm, 365 days of the year.
Melbourne Zoo !!
Melbourne Zoo has many different animal species from Australia and around the world are on view. They have tried to display a representative sample of the world's fauna and flora in a series of habitat zones.
Very enjoyable day out !!
(16 years and over)
(4 to 15 years, children under 4 years free)
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Really nice areas for the animals.
After having seen the animals in the wild the zoo was a bit of a let down. It was also very very crowded because they had just presented to the public a new baby elephant. One of the most interesting parts was the Butterfly area. You go into a hot house and there are butterflies everywhere.
Sometimes it was really hard to get pictures because they use such a tight mesh around the animals. The cameras want to focus on the mesh rather than the animals.
The foliage around the zoo is great. I was amazed at the landscaping that went into building this zoo.
One of the best places to take children on holiday is the Melbourne Zoo. Children love animals, especially those crowd favourites like monkeys/apes, elephants and lions. The Melbourne Zoo has many varieties of animals, including:
Snakes, crocodiles, giraffes, lions, zebras, kangaroos, elephants, platypus, lizards, monkeys, birds, penguins, dingos, tigers, koalas, bears, seals and many, many more.
One of my favourite sections of the zoo is the Butterfly House . It is fully interactive as soon as you walk through the door. There are about 800 individual butterflies in the Butterfly House at any time, and they fly everywhere, landing on plants, railings and even people! You can watch butterflies up close, because the plants they land on are right there next to you, above you and all around you.
Adults (16 years and over) - $18.00
Children (4 to 15 years, children under 4 years free) - $9.00
Children with disabilities (under 16 years of age) - $4.00
(2 Adults & 2 Children) - $45.00
(2 Adults & 3 Children) - $50.00
(2 Adults & 4 Children) - $55.00
(2 Adults & 5 Children) - $60.00
Concession (including pensioners and health care cardholders) - $13.50
10% off full adult rate is available for pre-arranged tours of 20 or more people.
20% off full adult rate is available for pre-arranged tours of 50 or more people.
- Family Travel
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.
Zoo - Tigers...
This incredible tiger had a forrest encloser.
He was enormous, I couldn't believe they get so big. Two tigers were first introduced to the Melbourne Zoo in 1875 as a gift. They came by a steamer from Bombay but were not in the greatest condition when they arrived. One unfortunately died but the
other surived and became a great attraction.
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Opened in 1862, Melbourne Zoo is the oldest in Australia. More than 350 animal species from around the world are on display in the zoo’s attractive enclosures and botanical settings.
Visitors can wander through an African and Asian rainforest displaying gorillas, pygmy hippopotamus, mandrills, tigers and otters, or see an extensive collection of Australian animals including koalas, kangaroos, wombats and platypus.
During the summer months, the zoo stays open until 9.30pm for ‘Zoo Twilights’, when live music, concerts, meals and longer animal displays take place.
Guided tours are available daily between 10am and 3pm,
Bookings are required for large groups.
- Family Travel
After Taronga in Sydney, the Melbourne Zoo is the next best in the country. Here, one can see a wide variety of animals, native and otherwise. Most important though are the collections of native aussie animals such as the Red Kangaroo pictured. They are the worlds largest Marsupial (animals with pouches). And they are found largely in the central and western part of the country. A fully grown male can measure 5 feet in height.
The Melbourne zoo is great!
The enclosures have been well thought out , and even the plants match the natural habitat of the animals in each section.
If you would like to have a good look through the zoo, allocate at least 4-5 hours.
Dont forget to go in teh butterfly house!
There are three zoos in the melbourne area: Melbourne | Healesville | Werribee
the website below provides info on all three
Melbourne Zoo is located only minutes north from the city centre, within Royal Park. Car parking is available or visitors can take the tram or train to reach the Zoo. Tram 55 runs from William Street Monday through Sunday. Trains run from historic Flinders Street Station on the Upfield or Gowrie lines Monday through Sunday, stopping at Melbourne Zoo's own Royal Park Station.
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.
Wonderful Haven for Animals
For $55 for our family of four, I reckon, Melbourne Zoo was good value! We love almost all of the exhibits!
Even the butterfly farm was a surprise- you get to mingle with those colourful and graceful creatures in a lovely and quiet setting. Even if it was a Saturday when we were there, it was relatively less packed as in Sydney's Taronga Zoo on a weekend so it was truly a breath of fresh air we didn't encounter many noisy tourists.
(Probably just one American family whose members seem to scream at every animal they see mother father, little girl grandma, etc.LOL! We just tried to go the other way they're going!)
Anyway, here are exhibits/things to expect there-
You’ll be surrounded by hundreds of colourful butterflies in flight or at rest among lush vegetation in this magnificent tropical glasshouse. All the butterfly species are native to tropical and subtropical Australia, so the Butterfly House is kept at about 28 degrees year-round. (Hubby had a thrill with a butterfly perched on his hand and head for a few minutes!)
Next door, in the World of Bugs, you can see a wide selection of fascinating Australian insects including stick insects and the Giant Burrowing Cockroach.
See a family of Western Lowland Gorillas, led by Rigo, an impressive Silverback male, in their tropical rainforest home. There are several viewing points into the large exhibit, where the gorillas can select shade provided by the trees canopy, sunshine and even shelter on cool days in caves with underfloor heating.
Visit the Australian Bush area at Melbourne Zoo to see Australia’s iconic wildlife including kangaroos, platypuses, wombats and koalas amid a native bushland setting.
Trail of the Elephants
Trail of the Elephants is a multi-award winning development that takes visitors into an Asian village which is home to the Zoo's five elephants.
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Visitors can journey along the elevated boardwalk and ascend into the tree-top world of the Orang-utans.
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Melbourne Zoo's newest development Wild Sea is now open. The new development aims to reconnect visitors to the beauty and mystery of Victoria's coastline and offshore waters and inspire them to help protect this amazing natural resource.
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Landscapes & Horticulture
Melbourne Zoo's Zoological Gardens, established in 1864, are home to thousands of animals and some 70,000 plant specimens.
The Zoo is only 4km from Melbourne’s city centre, with car parking at both gates, and excellent public transport by both trams and trains.
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Visit the wild side
-Be filled with awe and wonder as you explore the award-winning Melbourne Zoo. With more than 300 species of animals from all over the world, you won’t believe that you’re only 4km from the central business district.
Stroll amid the lush tropical surrounds of the Asian and African Rainforests and be amazed by the rich wildlife that plays an important role in education, research and conservation.
- Experience an intimate behind-the-scenes encounter with some of the world's most amazing animals
-Looking for the perfect venue for a special event or fundraiser, or to host a large-scale event of your own? Hire the whole zoo.
- Family Travel
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.
Go to the Melbourne Zoo.
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!
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