The Asian Elephant was once widespread throughout Asia. However, loss of habitat and poaching has forced remaining populations into heavily forested, inaccessible regions in south and South-East Asia. Countries in which the Asian Elephant may be found include Sri Lanka, Laos, Thailand, Burma, China, Malaysia, India, Indonesia (on the island of Sumatra) and Cambodia. There may be fewer than 53,000 animals remaining throughout Asia and the wild population is decreasing.
The Butterfly House offers one of the zoo’s most loved – and magical – experiences. Immerse yourself in the lush vegetation that is home to hundreds of spectacularly coloured native butterflies.
Upcoming events at Melbourne Zoo
Daily at Melbourne Zoo
Each day, we offer opportunities to hear our expert keepers talk about the animals in their care and the conservation work being done for various species.
27 January – 11 March 2017
Zoo Twilights is back this summer at Melbourne Zoo to entertain you in a live music setting like no other. Tickets on sale now!
Monthly on a Sunday
Love High Teas? One Sunday each month, we are serving a delicious High Tea in the Rainforest Room. Wander the beautiful gardens, see the amazing animals, then join us and the little tamarin monkeys from 2pm. Bookings essential!
3rd – 7th April / 10th – 14th April
See some of our animals and hear from keepers on what makes them so special. Suitable for primary school students, there will be games, activities and a whole lot of fun.