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Melbourne Zoo

The National Geographic Photo Ark

This winter in an Australian-first, Melbourne Zoo is hosting the National Geographic Photo Ark, an exclusive photo exhibition using the power of photography to inspire people to save animals before it’s too late.

For many of Earth’s creatures, time is running out. Species are disappearing at an alarming rate. The National Geographic Photo Ark is pursuing the ambitious goal of photographing every species in the world's zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, to inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation projects.

This multi-year effort with National Geographic Fellow and photographer Joel Sartore will create intimate portraits of an estimated 12,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Once completed, the National Geographic Photo Ark will serve as an important record of these animals’ existence and a powerful testament to the importance of saving them.

Joel Sartore has visited 40 countries in his quest to create this photo archive of global biodiversity and the exhibition features images taken at Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary. To date, he has completed intimate portraits of more than 6,000 species. Now open in Melbourne Zoo's Leopard Lodge, the curated photographic exhibition is showcasing these incredible portraits of animals on the brink.

The photo exhibition is open from 1 July - 1 October and is included with general admission to Melbourne Zoo. Save time and buy tickets online:

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  • Member Seminar Series

    Join us for a series of member-exclusive seminars with experts from the Zoo community, hosted in the Photo Ark exhibition space after hours!

    19 September: The nuts and bolts of saving threatened species

  • Learn how to photograph wildlife with Nikon

    To celebrate the opening of Photo Ark, Nikon School are hosting a series of Wildlife Photography Courses at Melbourne Zoo during the exhibition period. 

    Join Nikon to learn the tips and tricks on how to photograph animals with Herald Sun photographer Jay Town.

    Book a Wildlife Photography course today.

  • Share your zoo photos to win!

    Upload your wildlife photos taken at Melbourne Zoo to Instagram or Facebook with hashtag #photoarkmelbzoo and you could win a Nikon DSLR camera and photography course, a 2 night sleepover at The Larwill Studio and a Zoos Victoria membership!

    Read the terms and conditions here.

  • Function Packages

    Photo Ark Function packages

    Photo Ark function packages are also available. Host a unique party or event after hours and enjoy exclusive access to the Photo Ark exhibition. 

    There are many types of function packages available – book yours today!

  • School Excursions

    Photo Ark School excursions

    As part of The Photo Ark exhibition, your school could WIN an overnight camp at Melbourne Zoo. Book a Term 3 excursion to go into the draw.

    Plus, there are both educator-led and self-guided Photo Ark excursions available for schools.

  • Looking for somewhere to stay in Melbourne?

    Looking for somewhere to stay while you’re in Melbourne? Enjoy an overnight stay at Art Series Hotel's The Larwill Studio, tickets to Melbourne Zoo including the National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition and a close-up encounter with an animal at the zoo as well as some art canvases for the kids to use. Book direct at Art Series.

Thanks to Air Aroma for scenting the exhibition. We are excited to offer 25% off any home scent diffuser and fragrances purchases from the Air Aroma web store. Make your next event or home home smell like a beautiful tropical jungle with fragrances like Rainforest. Simply enter the voucher code ZOOSVIC at the checkout. Valid until the 1st of October 2017.

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