A boy and girl observing three meerkats, eating meal worms on a rock, through a window. Children look amazed at how close the meerkats are.

Growing Wild


Every day, 9am - 5pm




Growing Wild exhibit 

Imagine a place where you can patrol for danger alongside a Meerkat, or crawl inside a Giant Tortoise shell to get a tortoise-eye view of the world!

A place where only play, fun, excitement and imagination matter, and where animals are so close that you can see, hear, smell and even touch them!

Melbourne Zoo’s Growing Wild is an exciting interactive area designed especially for children aged 3 to 8 years. This world-class exhibit is filled with animals, sculptures, tunnels and sounds, so you can scramble, crawl and climb – or stand look-out like a meerkat.

Explore your way through three zones - ground, trees and water. Meet meerkats, Giant Tortoises, Brush Turkeys, reptiles, insects and other animals that live on the ground.

Growing Wild is focused on creating play opportunities and nurturing an early love of nature.

Visit Growing Wild on Tuesdays and Fridays for great interactive learning programs designed for children 0 to 5 years:

Tasmanian Devil Tuesday

Every Tuesday, 10:30am - 11:30am

Tasmanian Devil Tuesday* invites children aged 0 to 5 years and their families to come along and learn all about the endangered Tasmanian devil. Stories, craft, games, and face painting are just a few of the fun ways that children will engage with learning about the Tasmanian devil.

Corroboree Frog Friday

Every Friday, 10:30am -11:30am

Come along to Corroboree Frog Friday* to learn all about the critically endangered Corroboree frog. Children aged 0 to 5 years and their families can enjoy stories, craft, games, and face painting as they learn through play.

There’s loads of fun for the whole family and one visit just won’t be enough!

*Please note: program may be cancelled due to weather or staffing availability. 

Palm tree lined path to Growing Wild at Melbourne Zoo.