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22 September 2023 – WORLD GORILLA DAY
World Gorilla Day is all about celebrating and appreciating these magnificent animals, as well as doing something to help them in the wild.
Did you know that every old mobile phone or tablet that is recycled through They’re Calling On You raises funds for the Gorilla Doctors to purchase equipment, medications and resources to continue their work, which is crucial when the health of every gorilla matters.
Click here to find more information on how to get involved, or bring your old mobile phones for recycling in on your next zoo visit. And if you’re at Melbourne Zoo or Werribee Open Range Zoo, be sure to make a stop at the gorillas!
22 September 2023 – WE NEED YOUR HELP!
During the spring school holidays, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo are welcoming kids to join colouring activities and learn about the Endangered Bogong Moths, which is currently migrating across the country towards the alpine regions. We look forward to colouring with you soon!
If you spot a real-life Bogong Moth, you can help this important species by logging your sightings on Moth Tracker.
22 September 2023 – POOKILA BREEDING SUCCESS UPDATE
The first ever Pookila genetic rescue release was a success in September.
Six captive-born females with mixed genetic heritage were released into wild populations at Wilsons Prom National Park, the first step in improving genetic health of the critically important population. We’re continuing to monitor their progress in the wild and how they’re integrating with the locals. For more information, check out the video below.
11 september 2023 – Spring has sprung
Spring is in full swing, and now is the perfect time to visit Melbourne Zoo’s spectacular Japanese Gardens.
The garden includes a traditional tea house, waterfall, stone bridges and an ornamental lake to form a major feature of the garden, set amongst extensive plantings representative of the gardens of Japan.
You do not want to miss seeing these gardens at their finest, visit Melbourne Zoo to see it for yourself.
Photographed by Cormac Hanrahan
11 september 2023 – mild, medium or hot - how do you like your tips?
We know many of our members love visiting during the school holidays and we have some hot tips to help you have an amazing day, with or without kids...
Hot Tip #1 - The early bird catches the worm
Arrive early! Mornings are the best time to visit the zoo, the animals are active and ready to start the day, and it's easy to find car parking.
Hot Tip #2 - Toot toot, all aboard
Visiting Melbourne Zoo? Avoid the car parks and traffic and consider taking public transport. Click here for all the info you need to have a stress-free journey.
Hot Tip #3 - Get around the extra activities
We have some exciting school holiday activities scheduled at all zoos. Check out each zoo below for further details
Melbourne Zoo Werribee Open Range Zoo Healesville Sanctuary Kyabram Fauna Park
1 september 2023 – WIN A PRIVATE MOVIE SCREENING
Visit Vjunior at Village Cinemas this September and use your exclusive Zoos Victoria Member discount for your chance to win a private movie screening for you and up to 50 family and friends.
With many new releases this September like the Paw Patrol Mighty Movie, there is plenty of opportunity to use your 20% off Vjunior family tickets.
21 August 2023 – For our Elders
The Healesville Sanctuary Education Team recently joined with Healesville Local Aboriginal Network to connect and build relationships with local Koori youth. We were pleased to host the group’s recent meeting at the Bush Hut located in the Coranderrk. With NAIDOC Week’s theme this year being ‘For Our Elders’, it was a privilege to be joined by Aunty Sherree Francis. Aunty Sherree generously shares her culture with our visitors every Thursday at Healesville Sanctuary.
21 August 2023 - Australia Wildlife Health Centre has reopened
Caring for up to 2,000 wildlife patients a year, Healesville Sanctuary’s much-loved, and newly renovated wildlife hospital will captivate you even more as we share the real-life stories of patients admitted for expert care by the Sanctuary’s amazing veterinary team.
For the littlest members, visit the Future Vets space to inspire a love of animals through imaginative play and plush toy patients.
The AWHC gallery is open from 9am – 4.30pm.
The indoor play space, Future Vets, is open from 9am - 4pm.
21 August 2023 – Vale Man Jai
It is with great sadness that we inform our valued members of the passing of much-loved Asian Elephant, Man Jai.
Man Jai was incredibly loved by his keepers, herd and, in particular, his sidekick and friend, the herd's older male, Luk Chai. We will fondly remember their special bond, splashing in the pool and sliding down mud mounds together.
Visit our Facebook page for some touching tributes and memories of our beloved Man Jai.
21 August 2023 – A tiny but might offer exclusive to Zoo Members
Melbourne Zoo are excited to announce their brand new experience, Tiny Wonders, a workshop for young nature enthusiasts or first-time gardeners.
For a limited time only, children can immerse themselves into the enchanting world of frogs, bugs and butterflies, and create their own take-home Tiny Wonder. This experience is perfect for your children, grandchildren, and young friends.
Visit the website for more information or to book.
21 August 2023 – Pre-Sale Offer - Upside Down People
The Capitol, Saturday 4 Nov, 5pm Only $10 per adult, $5 per child
Thanks to our friends at RMIT Culture, Zoos Victoria Members are being offered a 7 day pre-sale opportunity to experience the stage show Upside Down People. Swing yourself upside down in the perspectives of Sara Kian-Judge, an autistic Walbanja-Yuin artist, as she explores her extraordinary and distinct sensory world through her connections with threatened bat species, like the tiny Southern Bent-wing Zoos Victoria is fighting to protect. Click HERE for more information.
4 AUGUST 2023 - Win a 3 Day Tesla Rental thanks to our friends at Europcar
It’s simple… make a booking on Electric, Hybrid and Plugin models with your exclusive Europcar 20% discount during August and September 2023 and you automatically go in the draw to win a FREE 3 Day Tesla rental, anywhere in Australia.
Click here to book and for more details.