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
Saturday 11 November & Sunday 12 November
Join the stars of DreamWorks Trolls, Poppy and Brance, for a fun-filled weekend with loads of activities for the whole family.
September 23 to October 21
Win a money can't buy escape to the T'Gallant winery on the Mornington Peninsula!
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.
Monthly on a Sunday
Love High Teas? One Sunday each month, we are serving a delicious High Tea in the Rainforest Room. Wander the beautiful gardens, see the amazing animals, then join us and the little tamarin monkeys from 1:30pm. Bookings essential!