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

Temporarily closed




Growing Wild exhibit 

Temporarily closed

All indoor spaces have been closed until further notice. More information 

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:

Tadpole Tuesday

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

Tadpole Tuesday invites children aged 0 to 5 years and their families to come along and learn about some of Australia’s most unique and endangered frogs. Stories, art and researching are a few of the ways children will learn through play.

Furry Friday

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

Furry Friday invites children aged 0 to 5 years and their families to Melbourne Zoo. Bring along your favourite furry toy and together you can learn all about the lovable marsupials of Australia.

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. 

Members get more!

Only $10 a month over 12 months
Unlimited entry to Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary (daily capacity restrictions apply)
Kids join free on adult memberships
Free entry to five interstate zoos
Discounts at the Zoo Shop and from our zoo partners
Help fund our conservation work to fight wildlife extinction