Sleepy Koala sitting at the top of a cut off tree looking towards the camera.

Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary to reopen

24 May 2020

Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary will re-open to the public on June 1 under the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions by the Victorian Government.

Each of the three Zoos Victoria properties will have a limit on the number of visitors allowed on site at any one time, which will see no more than 2,000 at Melbourne Zoo, 1,000 at Werribee Open Range Zoo and 1,500 at Healesville Sanctuary.

Zoos Victoria CEO Dr Jenny Gray welcomed Premier Daniel Andrews’ announcement today.

“We are pleased to be able to welcome our Members and visitors back on site and, along with the cap on numbers, we are taking a range measures to further protect our visitors, staff and our animals,” Dr Gray said.

Among the measures, Zoo experiences and events that involve close contact between people have been cancelled, there will be increased cleaning of glassed viewing areas and pathways will be marked to remind visitors of the 1.5m physical distancing recommendation.

Enclosed indoor areas, such as reptile and nocturnal houses will also be closed.

A number of changes have also been made to Zoos Victoria ticketing processes:

  • All entry tickets must be purchased online to enable Zoos Victoria to monitor admissions.
  • Members will need to book a free ticket online for entry.
  • People who arrive at the gate with no entry ticket will need to buy one online (assisted by zoo staff, using their own phone) – subject to the capacity limit per property.

Zoos Victoria members and visitors can find the latest information on this web page.