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Bong Su's Big Birthday

Bong Su's Big Birthday

Asian Elephant Bull Bong Su is the largest animal in Australia.

He’s 3.9m tall and weighs 4,870 kg, and on Sunday he turned the big 4-0, celebrating with his Keepers and a fruit-topped banana cake.

Born in Malaysia, Bong Su came to Melbourne Zoo in 1977 as a three-year-old calf.

4 August 2014
Waiting Game for Pygmy Hippos

Waiting Game for Pygmy Hippo

Zoo Pygmy Hippo Keepers now have a month to wait before any indication of whether the introduction of Petre and Felix this week has been successful.

As the two spent so much time under water, there were no confirmed matings, but there is a possibility that the two did mate.

1 August 2014
Herald Sun Global Tiger Day

International Tiger Day

Today is International Tiger Day and Melbourne Zoo's Sumatran Tigers displayed their impressive skills to help raise awareness about the critical struggle tigers face in the wild.

29 July 2014
We're Expecting

Melbourne Zoo is expecting a baby gorilla after 14 years

Melbourne Zoo’s Primates team is expecting a baby gorilla for the first time in 14 years.

25 July 2014
Green tree frog surgery 4

Green Tree Frog Surgery

Four recently-arrived Green Tree Frogs had a visit to the Vet Surgery at Melbourne Zoo this morning.

As it can be difficult to identify a frog just by its markings, the Zoo plays it safe by giving each one a nanochip, the smallest variety of microchip.

4 July 2014
Zoos Victoria logo

East West Link Update

Earlier this week, the Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, announced his decision for the East West Link project to go ahead. Although in his announcement, he mentioned that the project will be subject to changes following expert advice from a planning panel investigating the project.

3 July 2014
Wild swan release

Swan Surgery Success

A wild swan brought into Melbourne Zoo yesterday afternoon by a Wildlife Victoria carer was treated successfully and then released back to its home on the Yarra, near the Melbourne University boatshed.

30 June 2014
Meerkat on the hill

Zoo closures due to high winds

Due to high winds, Melbourne Zoo is closed to visitors and members while Werribee Open Range Zoo remains open with some sections closed for visitor safety.

24 June 2014
Swan surgery

Sad News on Wild Swan Surgery

Melbourne Zoo is very sad to announce the loss of the wild Black Swan, which arrived here from Southbank on Sunday, June 15. The swan had swallowed a fishing line and hook, and it was rescued by Water Police and then brought to the Zoo by Wildlife Victoria carers.

16 June 2014
Kiani

Kiani's going undercover

In this month’s animal profile we meet Kiani (Suma), Melbourne Zoo’s 35 year old orang-utan and star of the upcoming Go Undercover winter program.

12 June 2014