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Melbourne Zoo is the oldest zoo in Australia located within Royal Park in Parkville that was modeled on London Zoo with more than 320 animal species from all around the world.
Visit the oldest zoo of Australia, Melbourne Zoo
Before the Melbourne Zoo was built, the animals were housed at the botanical gardens in Melbourne. The zoo was built for the acclimatisation of domestic animals when they are recovering from a long trip to Australia. The zoo was then developing, and by the appointment of Albert Alexander Cochrane Le Souef in 1870, more exotic animals were brought for public display in the zoo. The zoo plays an important role in conservating the animals within its facility. Apart from the school programs, in 2010, Melbourne Zoo also succeed in gave birth to its first elephant calf. In 2012, the zoo celebrated its 150th anniversary and has an Australian Zoo's collector's edition of stamps that was released by Australia Post. The zoo will also be the first venue appointed by National Geographic for an exhibition of 50 greatest wildlife photographs from September to November 2018.
The zoo is separated into several areas. Here, you can see a collection of elephants, tigers, koalas, and other animals from various places. Melbourne Zoo also houses around 70.000 plants specimens that you can see during your visit. Apart from animals, you will enjoy the beautiful landscape. For example is the Japanese Garden that was built in 1990 that is decorated with trees and colorful flowers. Melbourne Zoo has tried to practice sustainable gardening, including improving soil heath, biological pest control, and using less water. As a result, the zoo managed to reduce its water use by 60%. Visitors can also join some programs offered by the zoo to take a closer look to the animals.
Melbourne Zoo is taking part in animal conservation, which makes it important for the animal to be comfortable in the zoo. Here, you will see how the venues are designed to be as similar as what the natural habitat looks like. For example, in the orangutan sanctuary, you can see this largest living tree mammal in the world in their treetop home. You will see them climbing, swinging, and feeding on the high ground. You can also see the award-winning elephant trail that is the house of the Asian Elephants. You can also see the tropical and subtropical Australian butterflies in the Butterfly House. There are hundreds of butterflies that will enchant you with their beautiful wings and colors. In the new exhibit, Melbourne Zoo lets you to walk through the Lemur Island, where you will picture yourself in the forest of Madagascar with its stunning landscape.
Melbourne Zoo can be a great choice for your children because here they can learn how they can join in animal conservation. The zoo has some programs as well to give education to your children. The first one is the Keeper Kids program where they can try to be a zoo keeper or a vet. The Keeper Kids also has new works area where kids can try plumbing, carpentry, and zoo design. The next program is Growing Wild. This program is designated for children aged 3 to 8 and is focused on creating play opportunities and to nurture early love for nature with an interactive area. Lastly, you can take your children for an overnight stay at the zoo, where you will experience the close up encounters and join the behind the scenes to see the life in the zoo after it is closed for visitors.
Melbourne Zoo is experienced in making your event unforgettable. The zoo is available for both indoor and outdoor events, for informal events like kids parties until corporate programs. Inside, you can also enjoy the meal in some restaurants available with different views. In the Lakeside Cafe, you will be seeing the Japanese Garden, and then in the bakery is where you can see how the bakers work. If you are craving for pizza, then you can order one in Macaw Pizza and eat it while enjoying the natural surroundings of the zoo. You can see the meerkat or the elephant play as well while eating your food.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be bought online or on the spot. However, it is better to book online to skip the line. If you are planning to be a frequent visitor, you can apply for a membership card that will give you access to 2 other zoos as well.
How To Get Around?
To get around, you will have to go by foot. For those in need, wheelchairs and strollers are available. Those with assistance dogs can enter the zoo as well as long as the animals have completed the training and are certified by registered authority.
What Should I Wear?
There is no recommendation on what to wear to visit the Melbourne Zoo. It is recommended to check the weather before you go and wear comfortable clothes.
Best Time to Visit
It is better to go in the summer, though it can be very crowded during peak season. Prepare a whole day if you want to see all the animals and join the daily program at the zoo.
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Will I Need a Guide?
The zoo is a self-guided tour If you want a guided tour, you can contact the zoo in advance or join the program.
How To Get There?
To get to Melbourne Zoo, you can use the tram number 58 from William Street in the city centre and stop right outside the zoo. You can also use train from Flinders Street Station and stop at Royal Park Station, or use the bus route 505 from Monee Ponds and stop outside the zoo.