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Melbourne Zoo

Lion Gorge

Dare to enter Lion Gorge and come face-to-face with our magnificent African Wild Dog pack and hear all about this alert and agile hunter. Several predator species are featured in the Lion Gorge area, which will soon be linked to the new Leopard Ridge development taking shape nearby. The African Wild Dogs have moved into their newly renovated and extended home, after spending a few months next door in the Lion Exhibit.

Since the three elderly lion brothers passed away over summer 2016, the Zoo has not had any lions on display. Three brothers born on 20 October 2015 at Werribee Open Range Zoo have now moved in. They have recently had the opportunity of learning to live alongside the younger set of cubs, two females and two males, which will remain at Werribee.

Lion Gorge also features the world's most endangered crocodilian species: the Philippines Crocodile.  Zoos Victoria has been partnering with Philippines conservationists for many years to protect this species in the wild as well as supporting species survival breeding programs here and in other zoos.

  • Lion


    Lions are the kings of Melbourne Zoo. Don't miss your chance to come face-to-face with these majestic animals.

  • African Wild Dog

    African Wild Dog

    Meet the pack and hear all about this alert and agile hunter.

  • Philippines Crocodile

    Philippines Crocodile

    The crocodile is surely one of the most awe-inspiring creatures on earth. Visiting the crocodiles at Melbourne Zoo is an opportunity to meet these animals close up!

  • Lions moving to Melbourne Zoo

    Lions preparing for move to Melbourne Zoo

    Keepers at Werribee Open Range Zoo are preparing three adolescent male lions for their upcoming move to Melbourne Zoo.

  • Leopard Ridge Announcement

    Leopard Ridge Announcement

    Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio has announced details of the next big development at Melbourne Zoo: Leopard Ridge, due to open in December 2017.