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Palm oil habitat loss

Sumatran species highlight impact of palm oil

Today marked Sumatran Orang-utan Malu's birthday and also International Tiger Day, fittingly combined to highlight the devastating impact palm oil continues to have on both species.

29 July 2015
Eastern Barred Bandicoot joey

Threatened Species Summit

Zoos Victoria today welcomed delegates from all over Australia and New Zealand for the first Threatened Species Summit held at Melbourne Zoo’s Leopard Lodge.

16 July 2015
Malu

Malu safe and sound

Melbourne Zoo’s young Sumatran Orang-utan, Malu, is recovering in his night dens after his brief time in the public area on Monday afternoon.

Melbourne Zoo staff acted quickly to lock-down the Zoo and all visitors were safely ushered into secure areas.

13 July 2015
Pygmy Hippo baby video

Baby Pygmy Hippo makes a splash!

The baby Pygmy Hippo has made his first splash on display at Melbourne Zoo under the watchful eye of his mum, Petre.

The 3-week old calf has been named Obi by Keepers, which means 'heart' in Igbo, a local Nigerian language.

18 June 2015
Meet the Helmeted Honeyeater

Zoos Victoria's Hall of Fame 2015

The volunteers and organisations who help make Zoos Victoria great  have been recognised at Zoos Victoria's Hall of Fame dinner  held at Melbourne Zoo on Friday 5 June.

17 June 2015
Pygmy Hippo in nursery yard and playing with water video

Pygmy Hippo in nursery yard

The male calf born to Petre and Felix is doing well.

Mother and calf have been bonding in the night dens, and Keepers are observing the calf feeding well.

Keepers decided to give him some access to the nursery yard today.

7 June 2015
Rescued swan returns

Rescued swan returns

A swan entangled in fishing line and brought to Melbourne Zoo for treatment was returned to its home at Sanctuary Lakes this morning.

3 June 2015
pygmy hippo baby video

Pygmy Hippo birth

Melbourne Zoo is celebrating its first Pygmy Hippopotamus calf birth since 1981.

Keepers have not had any contact with the calf so far, but glimpses have given them the impression that it is likely to be a male.

28 May 2015
Gorilla Julia

Vale Julia

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one of our female gorillas, Julia.

24 May 2015
Maimunah celebrates birthday

Maimunah celebrates birthday

Sumatran Orang-utan Maimunah has celebrated her 29th birthday with a Zoo Bakery banana cake topped with strawberries and banana slices, plus surprise parcels of treats.

Her actual birthday is May 23, but Keepers chose to celebrate today because it is World Biodiversity Day.

22 May 2015