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Melbourne Zoo

Keeper Kids

Has your child ever wondered what it would be like to be a zoo keeper or a vet? Do they love animals? 

In our Keeper Kids indoor playspace, kids can immerse themselves in role-play and exploration. Our fun range of activities is designed to stimulate the imagination and nurture a connection with the natural world.

New Works area at Keeper Kids

In the new Works area, kids can try their hand at plumbing, carpentry and zoo design.

  • What could you build to help transport animals?
  • Where in the Zoo would you create a new meerkat exhibit?
  • If there was an emergency at the Zoo, what would you do?

These are just some of the challenges the Works crew face every day and will be the challenges kids face as they join the Works crew at Keeper Kids.

The Keeper Kids experience

There is a host of great dress-ups and props to enhance the experience, including binoculars, stethoscopes, and a variety of plush toy animals.

Kids will learn about the range of duties that go along with working at the zoo, find out about the diets of different animals and prepare mock meals for various species.

They can see what it’s like to be a zoo veterinarian, a horticulturalist looking after the zoo’s gardens and exhibits, or a researcher working on conservation projects.

Role-playing veterinarians

The veterinary area includes a range of animal X-rays displayed on light boxes, to highlight some of the challenging cases the zoo has worked on.

The X-rays include an image of an endangered Lord Howe Island Stick Insect, showing her developing eggs, and an image of a turtle which had swallowed a hook and line.

Role-playing researchers

Kids can dress up as researchers and focus on how conservation projects are planned and carried out. They will get to weigh and measure a variety of animals.

Role-playing horticulture

The horticulture zone offers garden-focused fun, including potting up plants. Kids will see how important the gardens are to the zoo – both inside and outside the exhibits.