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Growing wild

The Giant Tortoise will roam in the Growing Wild precinct.

Growing Wild is Melbourne Zoo’s newest educational precinct, aiming to foster early connections between children and wild places.

Project Cost: $3.3 million (Phase 1)
Total Raised: $687,000
Remaining: $2.6 million

Solely devoted to nurturing a love of nature in children aged 3 to 8 and their families, Growing Wild will provide a space to come face-to-face and have a tactile experience with animals in three zones – grounds, trees and water.

Zoos Victoria is the state’s second largest educator outside the classroom. Our visitor objective is to provide innovative wildlife-based learning experiences that inspire and facilitate visitors to take conservation actions that make measurable and positive difference. The implementation of Growing Wild will represent a leap forward in making Melbourne Zoo a contemporary and iconic visitor and educational destination.

The space to create Growing Wild is a result of the new Baboon Lookout, moving the Baboons into a purpose built exhibit and out of their dated enclosure. Growing Wild Phase 1 will be completed in September 2012, in time for Melbourne Zoo’s 150th Anniversary celebrations.

Key Project Benefits: Close encounters with animals, interactive education, discovery and play, story-telling and performance space and investing in future generations.

How to help


  • The Ian Potter Foundation
  • The Bowness Family Foundation
  • Collier Charitable Fund
  • The Trust Company