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Journey through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne. Over 250 species from around the world can be found in the beautiful setting of Melbourne Zoo, just five minutes from the city centre. Stroll through the lush Asian and African...more
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The Melbourne zoo is a wonderful zoo which has ever improving enclosures for animals. The gorilla area is wonderful as you walk the Forrest looking in at the large area they inhabit. The best part of the zoo is the amazing animal encounters!
our family with 3 kids visited this zoo and all our kids love it so much . nice natural with so many different animals that they never seen . great places for the kids to learn and see more about natural
Visited the Melbourbe Zoo with some international guests and even booked a close up session with the Kangaroos. The Zoo itself was disappointing in that a lot of animals were not on display. I realise the time of day was morning but if you can’t...More
The zoo trip makes an interesting outing for the day. There is an extensive collection of animals spread across the complex and very informative outline of each creature to make an excellent educational experience. Facilities are top notch and the enclosures are easily accessible and...More
Melbourne Zoo is a great day our for all ages. Pricing for entry is reasonable, but I would suggest taking your own snacks if you're on a tight budget as the options are minimal/expensive. So many great animals to see.
Love this zoo! Beautiful, spacious gardens with well designed enclosures. Up close with Lemurs and butterflies are real highlights. Great to see the zoo educating visitors about their breeding programs and animals that are facing extinction. Feel so lucky to be able to see these...More
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There are many zoos in Australia, but the biggest ones are in and around the capital cities. Australia has much stricter laws about owning exotic animals than the USA, so there are far fewer private/small zoos... More
There are many zoos in Australia, but the biggest ones are in and around the capital cities. Australia has much stricter laws about owning exotic animals than the USA, so there are far fewer private/small zoos. What are your other travel plans in Aus? It's a big country, so 1-2 weeks is not a huge amount of time. However, if you stick to the east coast, you could visit, say Melbourne Zoo (one of the oldest in the world) and Healesville Sanctuary, which is just outside the city and focuses on native animals. At each of these you can organise 'up close' encounters with particular animals, and chat to keepers. Ballarat Wildlife Park is also not far from Melbourne, and is a private sanctuary with a good reptile display.
You could travel north to Sydney (short flight, very long day's drive) and go to Taronga Zoo, where they run "meet the keeper" sessions for those interested in working in a zoo environment (students over 14, I think) - these are very popular, so you need to be quick and organised.
Further north in Queensland are Australia Zoo, where at certain times of the year you can join the "keeper for a day" program, and Currumbin Sanctuary.
There are many more smaller zoos and sanctuaries along the way, but it's hard to advise without knowing how you will be travelling etc. Perhaps look at the list on ozanimals website, and also search for wildlife rescue centres: the latter aren't sanctuaries or zoos, but if you contact a few and let tgem know why youre so interested, you may get lucky and have someone let you come and visit.
Also, just to clarify, please don't take my post to mean that if you travel all this way you should only see Vic, NSW and Qld (the mainland Eastern states): the rest are fabulous too, so fit in as much as you can, it's just that travel between those three is time efficient. Good luck!