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Zoos Victoria’s projects cover a broad remit including conservation, animal welfare, zoo infrastructure, heritage, education, indigenous, environmental sustainability and veterinary care. Here is a summary of just a few of our current projects:
Werribee Open Range Zoo houses 3 bachelor gorillas in the largest enclosure in the southern hemisphere. The wonderful space gives visitors many opportunities to view the gorilla boys and also to learn about the work Zoos Victoria does to support gorillas in the wild.
Healesville Sanctuary’s Australian Wildlife Health Centre (AWHC) needs a new roof! Every year more than 1,500 native animals in need of specialist veterinary care arrive on the Sanctuary’s doorstep. Those animals receive veterinary care and where possible are rehabilitated for release back to the wild.
Maremma Dogs and Eastern Barred Bandicoots may seem like strange bedfellows but in a new pilot program, their relationship could help save the Bandicoot from extinction.
A Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Registered scar tree is located within the grounds of Melbourne Zoo in close proximity to the heritage listed perimeter fence. The scar tree is estimated to be over 400 years old. We intend to design and build an Indigenous inspired garden at Melbourne Zoo to showcase this tree.
Zoos Victoria is the custodian of 142 hectares of bushland adjacent to Healesville Sanctuary. Significant as the largest remnant of intact Yarra Valley floor forest and for its island position amongst cleared land, the Coranderrk is in urgent need of restoration.
Lion Gorge will be a brand new experience at Melbourne Zoo. This stunning new exhibit will be home to some of the world’s most incredible predators, including African Lions, African Wild Dogs and the critically endangered Phillipine Crocodile.
Zoos Victoria is committed to ensuring that no Victorian terrestrial verterbrate spieces go extinct on our watch. To meet this goal, we have identified 20 threatened species to protect through the establishment of insurance populations and breeding programs.