At Melbourne Zoo, you can meet over 300 different species from around the world, only minutes from the city centre!
See majestic Asian Elephants, sleek Sumatran Tigers and Orang-utans swinging through the trees. Visit the Gorilla Rainforest, or see koalas and kangaroos in our Australian bush setting. And discover our exciting new interactive exhibits designed especially for kids.You will get the chance to learn all about our animals, our fight to save wildlife from extinction and what you can do to help.
Here are just some of the animal attractions and exhibits you won’t want to miss.
Melbourne Zoo’s Growing Wild exhibit is an exciting interactive area designed especially for children aged 3 to 8 years. Kids can patrol for danger alongside the Meerkats, burrow through tunnels and climb inside Giant Tortoise shells.
In our Keeper Kids playspace, kids can experience what it’s like to work at a zoo. Our fun range of activities is designed to stimulate the imagination and nurture a connection with the natural world.
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.
Our award-winning trail of the elephants invites visitors into an Asian village and garden setting which is home to our five Asian Elephants.
At our Orang-utan Sanctuary, you can visit the orang-utans in their treetop home. Walk the elevated boardwalk and watch them behave as they would in the wild: climbing, swinging, nesting and feeding high off the ground.
Wild Sea, Melbourne Zoo’s biggest ever exhibit, showcases the natural beauty and animal inhabitants of Victoria’s coast and ocean, including penguins and seals.
Baboon Lookout offers uninterrupted views through glass and across moats. You can watch the baboons play, groom and search for food on their grassland savannah, surrounded by large rocky outcrops, pools and palms.
The Zoological Gardens at Melbourne Zoo are among Victoria’s most treasured gardens. Take your time to amble through our grounds and enjoy the natural beauty and carefully cultivated landscape.
In 2012, Melbourne Zoo celebrated its 150 year anniversary with a year of special events looking back on our long history as well as hearing our visitors special memories of the Zoo.
Discover what it’s like to be a lemur as you walk and play amongst these charismatic animals. Enter Lemur Island through a rainforest tunnel then head up along a boardwalk toward the ‘tree house’ to discover the wonder of the world’s rainforests.
Dare to enter Lion Gorge and come face-to-face with our magnificent African Lion bachelor group in this brand new experience.
Learn about the shifting dynamics of dominance that happen within a group of male lions and see our three lion brothers display sibling rivalry that a lunch-time meal can produce at our new Lion presentations (daily at 1:20pm). Plus, you can try your hand at designing beadwork that can help to protect lions in the wild.
Australian Bush at Melbourne Zoo is home to some of Australia’s most amazing and adored native animals.