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Melbourne Zoo turns 154

Melbourne Zoo turns 154

Another amazing year is being added today to the long history of Australia’s first zoo.

Zoo staff and volunteers gathered in the Main Drive to enjoy sharing the 154th birthday cake.

6 October 2016
Turning Melbourne orange for orang-utans

Turning Melbourne orange for orang-utans

There are an extra 1,000 orang-utans taking up temporary residence at Melbourne Zoo.

Each of the toy, plush orang-utans, adorned with a message,  has a special mission that will take place tomorrow night at Federation Square. 

3 October 2016
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It’s footy fever at your zoos!

The zoos aren't home to any Bulldogs but this Grand Final long weekend you can see African Wild Dogs at Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo, and, Dingoes at Healesville Sanctuary!

28 September 2016
Baboons buffet breakfast

Baboons buffet breakfast

The 21 members of the Hamadryas Baboon troop celebrated the fifth anniversary of moving into their new home with a delicious buffet breakfast in the sun this morning.

20 September 2016
Ongard turns six

Ongard turns six

The first-ever male Asian Elephant to be born at Melbourne Zoo turns six today.

Ongard’s birth on September 10, 2010, was less than a year after the January birth of Mali, not only Melbourne Zoo’s first calf but also Australia’s first-ever female calf.  

10 September 2016
Southern Corroboree Frog

Threatened Species Day 2016

Some of Australia's most endangered species have had a big boost thanks to results announced to commemorate National Threatened Species Day at Zoos Victoria.

6 September 2016
Lord Howe Female - Mark Bushell

International Insurance for Phasmids

Bristol Zoo in England has succeeded in beginning a breeding program for the critically endangered Lord Howe Island Stick Insects, or Phasmids.

In November Melbourne Zoo sent 300 eggs hatched here to Bristol Zoo, and of those 300 eggs, 212 hatched out.

5 September 2016
Meeting Meerkats, Makulu and Tarwin

Meeting Meerkats, Makulu and Tarwin

See what it’s like to meet these Melbourne Zoo VIPs on the Postcards program coming up this Friday, featuring Channel 9 News presenters Peter Hitchener and Livinia Nixon experiencing some of the Close-up Encounter opportunities at Melbourne Zoo.

24 August 2016
Siamang Gibbons new island home video

Shifting Swinging Singing Siamangs

Siamangs Sampit and her mate Isidor have moved house!

Their new domain is the island in the lake bordered by the Japanese Garden and Lakeside Cafe Terrace.

24 August 2016
Pregnancy for Petre

Vale Petre

Melbourne Zoo is sad to announce the death of Pygmy Hippopotamus Petre.

At age 32, Petre was considered to be an old individual.

Wild Seas Manager Marcia Salverson says that ‘Anything past 20 is regarded as old for this species.

23 August 2016