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Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo

Our animals

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Lion

Lions are top-order predators, but conservation experts have recently classified the species as being 'Vulnerable' in the wild.  They estimate that only 16,000 to 30,000 are surviving in sub-Saharan Africa and in a small, isolated population in the Gir Forest in India.

Zoo highlights

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Butterfly House

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.

Wild encounters

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Close-up Encounters

Melbourne Zoo's Close-up Encounters will bring you face-to-face with some of our zoo's most popular personalities.

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