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.
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.
Upcoming events not to be missed at Melbourne Zoo
July 1 - October 1, 2017
This winter in an Australian-first, The National Geographic Photo Ark is coming to Melbourne Zoo. This exclusive photo exhibition is using the power of photography to inspire people to save animals before it’s too late.
25 July / 15 August / 19 September
Join us for a series of member-exclusive seminars with experts from the Zoo community, hosted in the Photo Ark exhibition space after hours.
Daily at Melbourne Zoo
Each day, we offer opportunities to hear our expert keepers talk about the animals in their care and the conservation work being done for various species.
1 July - 1 October 2017
This winter, in an Australian-first, The National Geographic Photo Ark comes to Melbourne Zoo.