Catch up on our latest member blog posts here!

Meet Amy-Rose, our Animal Welfare Research Officer

With the support of our friends at Petstock, this role assists many of the welfare initiatives for the animals who call our zoos home. One of these animals is Sam, the Platypus at Melbourne Zoo. Keep watching to find out exactly how this role can help our understanding of this gorgeous species.

Published 28 June 2024

Dinos: Say What?

Time's running out to see Dinos at the Zoo. Don't miss the ultimate dinosaur adventure at all four of your zoos before they leave 14 July 2024. Experience large, moving dinosaurs in a setting like no other, surrounded by lush zoo gardens and all your favourite animals. Get a sneak peek at Dinos at the Zoo and see what members and visitors are saying about their Dinos at the Zoo Experience.

Published 28 June 2024

Join The Mik Maks at Werribee Open Range Zoo these School Holidays

Mark your calendars for Saturday 6 July and Saturday 13 July for a special event at Werribee Open Range Zoo. The Mik Maks will be performing with shows at 10am and 12pm each day. This family band featuring Al, Joel, Ava and Drums the Panda, will deliver a special animal-themed musical extravaganza perfect for children aged 2-8 years. You never know where a Mik Maks show will take you, and this one is no exception! Don't miss this exciting event during school holidays. Free with admission.

Published 28 June 2024

Enjoy 20% off at Oaks and Avani Hotels & Resorts

Zoos Victoria has partnered with Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites and Avani Hotels & Resorts to give Zoo Members 20% off when they book anywhere in Australia or New Zealand until 30 June 2025. So next time you're visiting an interstate zoo with your Zoos Victoria membership, make sure you take advantage of this amazing exclusive member offer!

Booking is easy. Simply click the button below to visit the Zoos Victoria Hotels & Resorts partner webpage. Then choose to visit either the Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites or Avani Hotels & Resorts website. Once on the selected partner website, search your holiday destination, travel dates and apply your unique member promotional code.

Published 28 June 2024

Get your double discount for overnight adventures at Melbourne Zoo!

Get ready for an unforgettable night at Melbourne Zoo with a double discount on our overnight experiences! For a limited time, members get 20% off when they book a Swags Under the Stars or Roar 'n' Snore at Melbourne Zoo during September 2024.

Get out into nature and discover the magic of an overnight adventure at Melbourne Zoo. Sip on some bubbly, enjoy a tasty dinner, and join the Melbourne Zoo team for a guided night tour to see what the animals are up to after dark.

This exclusive member offer is valid only for bookings made for September 2024. Starting 1 October 2024, member bookings will receive the standard member discount of 10%. Spots are limited, so seize your double discount before it's gone!

Published 5 July 2024

Image Courtesy of Zoo Events by Restaurant Associates
Image Courtesy of Zoo Events by Restaurant Associates
Have you booked your Office Christmas party yet?

It can be a jungle out there trying to secure the perfect spot for your office Christmas party. But don't worry; our Zoo Events team is here to make it a breeze. With fantastic event spaces at Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo, we have everything you need for an unforgettable celebration. Whether it's festive drinks or a fun training day, we'll help you create memorable experiences surrounded by stunning gardens and incredible wildlife. Click the button below for more info.

Published 5 July 2024

70 Spotted Tree Frogs released!

70 juvenile Spotted Tree Frogs bred at Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary were recently returned to the slopes of Mt Beauty as part of the species’ conservation breeding and release program.

Black Summer destroyed 50% of known Spotted Tree Frog habitat in Victoria so a key part of their conservation is ensuring healthy population numbers in mountain stream habitat across the state.

Zoos Victoria is part of a Recovery Team working to protect the Spotted Tree Frogs from extinction. Thank you to all our partners and donors for supporting this important work!

Published 28 June 2024

Win 1 of 5 Family Passes to 1859!

Want to enjoy a match day in a premium family space? It’s as simple as submitting your details and you’ll be in the running to win 1 of 5 Family Passes to 1859, the Geelong Cats' newest premium membership offering. Featuring exclusive Lounge access and Level 2 seating, bar and dining facilities, and a Kids Zone, it’s the perfect place to experience the atmosphere with footy fans! Click the button below and enter your details to be the draw.

Published 13 June 2024

Big Moves: An Elephant Migration

Join keeper Sandrine as she prepares a variety of fresh greens and browse for members of the Asian Elephant herd – five adult females and three calves. She also explains the features of our elephant habitats at Melbourne Zoo and how the team is preparing the herd for their big move to Werribee Open Range Zoo at the end of 2024.

Published 13 June 2024

MELBOURNE ZOO WORKS UPDATE

Melbourne Zoo’s Reptile House will be closed on Monday 17 June 2024 from 1.00pm onwards for cleaning. We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Published 11 June 2024

Ravi's Health Check: A Slithering Success

Getting a 4-metre-long python to stay still for an x-ray is no easy feat, but Ravi at Kyabram Fauna Park was in good hands with our veterinarian team! The good news is that Ravi is as healthy as ever, tipping the scales at 24.5kg with no abnormalities found.

Published 11 June 2024

VCAA's voices survey now open

The VCAA (Victoria Curriculum Assessment Authority) is now conducting an online survey to capture the voices of parents/legal guardians, and their children, to inform the revision of the VEYLDF (Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework) and support resources.

The survey has 2 parts. Both parts take 15– - 20 mins to complete.

Part 1: Family voices. Engages the child’s parents/legal guardians and collects information around what is important to them about their child’s health, wellbeing, learning and development.

Part 2: Children’s voices. Engages the parents/legal guardians together with their child. While engaging in play, their child is asked a series of survey questions around what is important to them about their health, wellbeing, learning and development.

You can access the voices survey here, and it will be open until 22 November 2024.

To find out more about the VEYLDF Revision and stay connected with the VCAA please go to the VEYLDF Revision website and sign up for the Early Years Update.

For further information, please email: veyldf@education.vic.gov.au

Published 11 June 2024

Get to know the Spotted Tree Frog

Get to know our current Totes for Wildlife species: the Spotted Tree Frog (Litoria spenceri).

These special frogs live camouflaged amongst the rocks and vegetation alongside mountain streams in alpine Victoria and New South Wales.

Reaching 6cm in length, with usually bumpy (spotted) skin, they feature fantastically individual colouration ranging from bright green to dark brown and everything in between.

They have beautiful golden features; a gold stripe runs along the side of their body and their eyes feature a golden iris around their pupil.

Females lay an average cluster of 400 eggs attached to rocks under the water's surface during spring/summer, with tadpoles metamorphising to froglets approximately 3 months after hatching.

Healthy frog populations need healthy waterways. Due to several threats, such as chytrid fungus, predation by introduced fish species and habitat disturbance, including bushfires, Spotted Tree Frogs have disappeared from around 50% of their known habitat.

You can help the Spotted Tree Frog by buying your Totes for Wildlife bag now. Over 14,000 totes have been sold so far this year, with funds going directly into the conservation of these special frogs.

Published 11 June 2024

Member exclusive: Eyelash Viper Habitat

Reptile Keeper, Boyd, has created an amazing habitat for Melbourne Zoo’s colourful little Eyelash viper. The habitat has lots of unique features, like ‘living’ walls and uses plants from Central and South America that make up the snake’s habitat in the wild. Members can see the Eyelash viper in Melbourne Zoo’s Reptile House along with heaps of other interesting snakes, lizards and frogs.

Published 11 June 2024

Correction: Pride Cookies

We had previously advertised that each day in June we'll be giving the first 20 members who purchase a coffee at Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo a complimentary Pride Month cookie with a purchase of coffee to celebrate pride month. Please note, when claiming a Pride Cookie at Melbourne Zoo these will only be available at Meerkcat Café.

Published 11 June 2024

Snow Leopard Experience Update

A big thank you to everyone who booked a Snow Leopard experience. You've made it one of the fastest-selling experiences in Zoos Victoria's history, with all sessions sold out until the end of December 2024.

Animal welfare is of the utmost importance to us, so while there are no immediate plans to release additional dates, we encourage those who missed out on the Snow Leopard experience to keep an eye on the website for cancellations or future release dates.

For those still seeking a unique feline encounter, Werribee Open Range Zoo has a variety of big cat experiences available to book online, including an up-close Lion experience (places limited), behind the scenes look at Kulinda the Cheetah’s Training experience, and a unique African Cat experience like no other.

Thank you again to all our fabulous Zoo Members. Your support means the world to us, and we couldn't fight wildlife extinction without your help.

Published 11 June 2024

Member DINOSAUR Scavenger HUNT - DOUBLE ENTRIES

To celebrate Dinosaur Day this Saturday (June 1, 2024), we're giving members double entries into the Members' Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt. Simply visit any of your four zoos between Saturday, 1 June - Sunday, 9 June and fill in your answers to our Dino quiz and you'll automatically get an extra entry into the draw. We've already given away 9 Prehistoric Prize Packs and with 6 more to give away, we can't wait to see who the next lucky winners will be!

RECONCILIATION WEEK AT HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY

This week is Reconciliation Week. Zoos Victoria acknowledges and respects the Traditional Owners as the original custodians of the land and waters, their ability to care for Country, and deep spiritual connect to it. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom has ensured the continuation of culture and traditional practices.

We would love to invite you to connect to culture at Healesville Sanctuary this coming Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June. We’ll be hosting multiple activities including Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder Murrundindi, Indigenous Art Exhibition by students at Worawa Aboriginal College, weaving with Indigenous artist Nikki Browne, Serendipitous Culture with Lisa Hodgson, interactive art workshop with Indigenous artist Angie Cleaver and conversations with Aunty Sherree as she shares her culture and artefacts, plus more. 

Published 30 May 2024

MELBOURNE ZOO WORKS UPDATE

Maintenance works will be happening at Growing Wild and Binturong habitats from Wednesday 22 - Thursday 23 May 2024. These works are not expected to impact animal visibility during these times. We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Published 22 May 2024

Get to know our Snow Leopard family!

We're giving members a week-long presale for our limited Snow Leopard experience. Join our keepers and head behind-the-scenes to learn how we care for these incredible animals and the steps being taken to protect them in the wild. From food preparation to training sessions and enrichment, you'll learn all about Kang-Ju or Miska's personality and behaviours. This experience is only available for a limited time, so secure your spot before the experience opens to the general public on Monday 27 May 2024!

Published 20 May 2024

Join us for Pride Month: Free Rainbow Cookies at your Zoos

This June, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo are joining in on Pride Month celebrations with colourful rainbow-themed cookies. Each day we'll be giving the first 20 members who purchase a coffee a complimentary Pride Month cookie. To claim your cookie, just show your member card at time of purchase. It's just a delicious way to show your support and spread the love this Pride Month.

Published 30 April 2024

Zoos Victoria Careers Expo

Join Zoos Victoria experts on Friday 12 July 2024 at Melbourne Zoo for a full-day Career Expo. Designed for students in Years 9-12, this full-day event invites young minds to delve into the diverse world of wildlife, conservation, animal welfare, and more. The day will include: engaging panel discussions led by Zoo Specialists, exhibitors from scientific and educational institutions, and chances to win behind-the-scenes animal experience prizes. Attending students will also receive a welcome pack and itinerary and a 10% discount at zoo retail outlets on the day. To learn more and to book your ticket head to our website.

Published 20 May 2024

Stay and Save with BIG4 Yarra Valley Park Lane

Stay at BIG4 Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park during Healesville Sanctuary’s 90th anniversary celebration and receive a Zoo Member exclusive 10% off your booking plus complimentary late checkout!

Simply, use the code ‘HS90’ when booking online or over the phone to receive your 10% discount. This offer is valid for any stay between Wednesday 22 May to Wednesday 29 May, and for all accommodation styles.

Published 20 May 2024

Members-only competition: Visit and Win an Animal Experience

We’re giving Zoo members the exclusive chance to win your choice of a Kangaroo or Koala experience at Healesville Sanctuary for 4 people.

To enter, simply visit Healesville Sanctuary anytime during their 90th Celebration weekend from Saturday 25 May 2024 to Sunday 26 May 2024. Scan your member card at entry and you’ll automatically be in the draw to win, it’s that easy!

Published 20 May 2024

Healesville Sanctuary's 90th Celebration High Tea and BRUNCH

Celebrate Healesville's 90th anniversary in style with an atmospheric High Tea surrounded by stunning wildlife. Served in the Brolga Room, guests can wander the beautiful gardens, see the amazing animals, and then join us for a brunch or afternoon tea! Bookings essential. Places are limited.

Published 20 May 2024

Healesville Sanctuary's 90th Anniversary Celebration

Mark your calendars for an unforgettable weekend on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May at Healesville Sanctuary!

We're holding a weekend of festivities to celebrate the Sanctuary's 90th anniversary, and you're invited! Get ready for live music, tantalizing food and drink options and an action-packed schedule of keeper talks.

Published 20 May 2024

You're Invited!

Zoos Victoria warmly welcomes you to our free End of Financial Year Campaign event. Join us on 15th May 2024 at Melbourne Zoo's Leopard Lodge or online via livestream to learn how Zoos Victoria is helping secure the future of the Victorian Grassland Earless Dragon. See how, with your support, we are working to put the Victorian Grassland Earless Dragon on the fast track to downgrade its Critically Endangered status by 2030. 

Published 10 May 2024

The Members' Scavenger Hunt Just Got Easier

The Members' Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt is still open, and we're drawing one Prehistoric Prize Pack every week, each worth a whopping $100. We've already rewarded 5 lucky winners, and there are still 10 more opportunities to win big! Plus, we've made entering the competition even easier. Thanks to your feedback, we've included some handy hints to help you track down the answers. Head to your zoo and hit the Dino Trail to start your Dino Scavenger Hunt. 

Published 10 May 2024

Members' Photo Competition Closing Soon

It's the beginning of May, and that means that there are only 8 weeks left to get your photos in for the Members' Photo Competition. So get snapping and get your entries in before 30 June 2024 for your chance to have your photo included in the next Zoo Calendar.

Head to the website to submit your photos and read some handy tips from Zoo Photographer Jo on capturing amazing animal photos!

Published 10 May 2024

Melbourne Zoo

M Pavillion (next to Lakeside Café) will be closed to the public on Thursday 9th May from 11.30am – 5pm due to a private event. We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Interested in hosting your own event at the Zoo? Get in touch with our Zoo Events team to see how they can help you create a truly memorable experience: zooevents@restaurantassociates.com.au

Published 9 May 2024

Love Coffee? Want to win a $300 Zoo Voucher!

We’d love to involve you in some research! We’re conducting a 2 month study with RMIT to understand how people engage in coffee and conservation behaviours. Click the link below to sign up and enter the competition to win a $300 Zoos Victoria gift card! 

Published 30 April 2024

Special Mother’s Day Cultural Ceremony at Healesville Sanctuary

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Healesville Sanctuary and participate in a Special Mother’s Day Cultural Ceremony with Murrundindi. Especially for Mum’s – this ceremony will acknowledge the strong bond that Murrandindi has with this land which once part of Corranderrk that his Mother Gumbri was born on, and the connection of female spirit to this place. A memborable and moving experience, unique to the Sanctuary and not to be missed this Mother’s Day.

11.15am and 1.15pm Koala Picnic Lawns, Healesville Sanctuary (cost of admission)

Published 30 April 2024

Clean bill of health for wild Platypus snagged by fishhook

Healesville Sanctuary veterinarians are proving they have nerves of steel after delicately removing a fishhook from the bill of a wild Platypus. Despite grim looking X-rays, vets worked quickly, placing the Platypus under general anaesthetic, chopping off the tip of the hook and sliding the metal back through the piercing hole.

Published 30 April 2024

Wombat has a ball of a time at Kyabram Fauna Park

Kyabram Fauna Park has unearthed a new challenge for Sniff the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat by providing his daily diet in the form of a giant hay ball. 

The hay ball is filled with Sniff’s favourite foods including corn, sweet potato and tough native grasses to grind down his teeth and keep them in the best condition. Wombat teeth are open rooted which means they grow continuously throughout their lifetime. 

Head over to the full article and watch the video of Sniff with his giant hay ball:  

Published 30 April 2024

Precious Bundle of Joeys Grasp Second Chance at Life

Two orphaned joeys have defied the odds and will eventually return to the wild following lifesaving care at Werribee Open Range Zoo. The four-month-old Common Wombat and seven-month-old Eastern Grey Kangaroo were each found debilitated by the side of a road next to their mothers who had died from road trauma injuries. The Australian natives were each taken to wildlife carers who sought expert medical support from the team at Werribee Open Range Zoo’s RSPCA Koala Ward.  

Published 30 April 2024

Seal given second chance after lifesaving rescue

An Australian Fur Seal with fishing line wound dangerously around its neck has been granted a second chance at life after being rescued in the nick of time.   

Helpless and suffering on the rocks at Pope's Eye in Port Phillip Bay, the seal had a large hook embedded in its lip and a heavy sinker dangling from fishing line entangled around its neck.   

Click here for more details on the rescue:

Published 30 April 2024

Practice Makes Perfect

Members might see Banksi, and his friend Jaffa, around Melbourne Zoo as they learn what it takes to be a free-flight bird.

Banksi is currently doing his training, most days,  out on Main Drive, while Jaffa still does hers in the Lemur walk-through.

Just one of the many things members might see on their next visit to Melbourne Zoo!

Published 30 April 2024

The Tooth of the matter

Werribee Open Range Zoo’s African Wild Dogs, Neo (8 years) and Madash (7 years) recently underwent a veterinary dental procedure at the RSPCA Koala Ward. External specialist Dr David Clark performed root canals on both African Wild Dogs with both of them making an excellent recovery.

Fellow pack members, Nelson and Ziggy were particularly happy to see Neo and Madash return to the pack with them celebrating their return with a meal of kangaroo.

Published 30 April 2024

Melbourne Zoo Works Update

Hutan, the Sumatran Tiger, will not be viewable from Tuesday 30th April – Thursday 2nd May due to scheduled maintenance works. We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Published 30 April 2024

THE Ice Cream Age!

To help celebrate Dinos at the Zoo, we have something special in store for you. Next time you’re at the zoo, head to our onsite Ben and Jerry’s and get your very own Dino-Sunday-Saurus. Exclusive to Zoos Victoria and available for a limited time, it’s bound to be a big hit among ice cream and dino-lovers alike!

Published 30 April 2024

Good News From the Zoos - APRIL 2024

Join us in exploring the latest stories from your four zoos! Delve into the world of wildlife conservation as we share remarkable achievements, from the successful breeding of a rare Leadbeater’s possum joey to an African Llion’s dental journey at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Discover the heartwarming efforts to safeguard Critically endangered Endangered Spotted Tree Frogs, and witness our skilled veterinarians in action as they rescue animals and provide a second chance for seals in need.

Published 19 April 2024

Zoos Victoria Masterclass: Behaviour Change Essentials

Want to create meaningful and impactful campaigns that inspire environmental action? Join us at Melbourne Zoo for our Behaviour Change Essentials Masterclass that explores Zoos Victoria’s Connect-Understand-Act model. This tool will help you engage people on an issue, develop their knowledge, and encourage them to participate in environmentally friendly behaviours.

Plus, members get 10% off! Just use promo code CUA2024 at checkout!

Published 19 April 2024

Good-news Stories Inside: Discover Our 2023 Impact

They say it takes a village! In Zoos Victoria's 2023 Impact Report, we share the fantastic results we've achieved this year, thanks to the support of our incredible donors and funders. See the vital work that has led to amazing results for some of Victoria's most vulnerable species. Together, we can do so much.

To find our more about how you can have even more impact visit our website or email our Philanthropy team: philanthropy@zoo.org.au

Published 19 April 2024

Make Mother's Day memorable with a blend of culinary delights and wildlife wonders

Experience an unforgettable Mother's Day celebration amidst the enchanting backdrop of the Zoo. Indulge in a High Tea at Melbourne Zoo or savour the flavours of a delectable Gourmet Brunch at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Ensure you don't miss out on our coveted Mother's Day events by securing your tickets now! They sell out quickly, so act fast to reserve your spot. 

Published 16 April 2024

Win with Petstock

Thanks to our friends at Petstock, we're giving Zoos Victoria members a chance to win a pawsome prize worth $619!

One lucky winner will win a Catnets Fortress Cat Enclosure and a $100 Petstock voucher to help keep your kitty happy, healthy and secure at home.

For your chance to win, check out the Happy Tails article in the latest edition of Zoo News.

Entries close Monday 22 April 2024

Published 8 April 2024

Bogong Mouth Image courtesy of Caroline in Rhyll, Victoria
Image courtesy of Caroline in Rhyll, Victoria
Many Thanks from moth tracker

We’re sending a BIG thank you to all of the Moth Trackers out there who have submitted more Bogong Moth sightings on Zoos Victoria’s Moth Tracker citizen science platform than ever before! During the small but mighty Bogong Moth’s recent epic spring to summer migration, you submitted 594 moth sightings, with 291 of those confirmed to be Endangered Bogong Moths. Thank you! This is one of our favourite images submitted recently, from Moth Tracker Caroline in Rhyll, Victoria.


Preliminary news suggests that the numbers of Bogong Moths arriving in the alpine regions were lower than the previous migration and we continue to be highly concerned for this special species, as well as the other species that depend on them such as the Critically Endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum.

Now the Bogong Moths are making their return migration over autumn back to warmer climates, so please continue to keep an eye out for Bogong Moths and submit any suspected sightings on Moth Tracker

Published 8 April 2024

The Early Bird’s Guide: 5 Reasons to Enter the Zoo Right When It Opens

Gearing up for a dino-mite adventure these school holidays? Getting to the zoo as it opens is often the best way to get the most out of your visit. Here are 6 reasons why:

  1. Our zoos open at 9 am (except Kyabram Fauna Park, which Opens at 10am) daily, and it’s the best time to visit as the queues are minimal.
  2. The animals are waking up for the day, and it’s when they are more likely to be their most active.
  3. Carparking…enough said!
  4. Drinking a Coffee for Wildlife barista-made coffee while enjoying a stroll around the zoo is bliss.
  5. Enjoy the cooler part of the day before it starts to warm up.

Make the most of your zoo membership these school holidays and enjoy all the benefits of starting the day early when visiting your four zoos!

Published 28 March 2024

Making the Most of Your Time at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Prepare to plunge into excitement on the savannah with our handy tips for visiting Werribbe Open Range Zoo during these school holidays.

  • While queues may form during peak times, having your membership card (physical or digital) handy ensures you’ll be able to navigate delays more smoothly.
  • Arriving early at Werribee Open Range Zoo also means you can beat the queues for the safari bus tour, which departs at 9.30 am daily. Morning tours are also when the animals on the savannah will likely be their most active.

For those seeking an extra thrill, consider booking an Early Morning Savannah or a Deluxe Safari Adventure. Plus, members receive an exclusive 10% discount on these experiences.

Published 28 March 2024

Welcome, Teddy!

Melbourne Zoo recently introduced a delightful addition to its Australia Bush Trail: Theodore the Quokka, or Teddy to his friends. Members and visitors can now see him hopping around his shared habitat alongside the Koalas. Known as the “happiest animal in the world,” the Quokka is the smallest among the wallaby species. Despite its cheerful nature, the Quokka, listed as vulnerable, faces significant threats in the wild, such as habitat loss, climate change, and invasive predators.

Published 27 March 2024

Melbourne Zoo Works Update

Planned maintenance will be occurring on a few habitats. This means some animals will not be viewable during this time. We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

  • Giant Tortoise in the Growing Wild precinct: Closed from Thursday, 14th March to Thursday, 28th March 2024
  • Access to Trail of the Elephants will be slightly changed on Friday, 15th March 2024. Tigers will not be viewable during this time, however the rest of the trail will still be accessible.
  • The Growing Wild precinct will be closed from Tuesday, 26th March to Thursday, 28th March 2024.

Published 14 March 2024

DINOS EN ROUTE

The Dinosaurs have successfully passed through customs, their passports stamped, and are now they’re en route to each of your four zoos. Excitement mounts as they make their way to Healesville Sanctuary, Kyabram Fauna Park, Melbourne Zoo, and Werribee Open Range Zoo, all in preparation for their grand unveiling on Friday 29 March 2024.

During the Day, members can enjoy free access to these majestic creatures, but as the sun sets, a special event unfolds: Dinos After Dark. Experience the magic of witnessing these prehistoric creatures in action under the night sky. Secure your tickets to this limited event and enjoy your member discount!

Published 14 March 2024

Sensory Bags at Melbourne Zoo

We're thrilled to announce the launch of our Sensory Bag trial at Melbourne Zoo. Sensory bags offer a calming experience tailored for neurodivergent persons in bustling environments. Members or Visitors wanting to borrow a sensory bag can do so by bringing some form of ID to Melbourne Zoo reception, where you can choose from a variety of items to include in your bag, such as noise cancelling headphones, bendy figures, clicker cubes, fiddle sticks and more. Sensory bag numbers are currently limited, so make sure you stop by reception next time you’re at Melbourne Zoo to grab your bag and select your items. The trial will be active for 3 months at Melbourne Zoo, with a view to providing Sensory bags for loan at all four zoos.

Published 14 March 2024

Dinos After Dark

Dinos at the Zoo just got better. Explore Werribee Open Range Zoo at night and wee what the dinosaurs get up to when the sun goes down. Explore the River Trail and see the dinosaurs come to life with a captivating light show! With fire performers, marshmallow toasting and both a glow and snow zone, it’s bound to be an event full of pre-historic pandemonium. Dinos After Dark is on for a limited time, so act fast to experience Dinos After Darks before it's gone! Get your tickets now and take advantage of member discounts.

Published 8 March 2024

Werribee Open Range Zoo Works Update – African River Trail – Hippos

We’re prepping for a massive pond scrub-down for our Hippopotamus habitats. While we will be giving the hippo ponds some serious TLC, the hippos will be moving locations temporarily. From Monday 11 March – Friday 15 March, the hippos will be in the front pond and then from Monday 18 March – Friday 22 March, they will move to the back pond. We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding while the team spruces the ponds to make them sparkle and shine!

Published 8 March 2024

Dinos are Coming!

Get ready for excitement because our favourite prehistoric creatures are back. From 29th March until 14th July 2024, 60 dinosaurs will be roaring their way across all four zoos, just in time for the easter holidays.

And it keeps getting better. This year, you will also gain access to previously unseen areas of Melbourne Zoo and a whole new dino wonderland to explore at Kyabram Fauna Park. You don't want to miss out on the dino-mite excitement.

While you eagerly await the roar of these ancient giants, let's take a closer look at some of the remarkable dinosaurs you'll encounter during your visit. Keep reading or click the button below to find out more.

Published 8 March 2024

Werribee Open Range Zoo welcomes new Oryx Calves

Werribee Open Range Zoo has welcomed the arrival of five new Scimitar-horned Oryx calves. The Oryx is a highly distinctive species with their striking curved horns which are used for fighting as well as digging the ground to create cool patches to lie in. Safari bus passengers can see the calves on the Lower Savannah. Once widespread in North Africa, the species was declared Extinct in the Wild by the IUCN Red List in 2000. Amazingly, thanks to dedicated conservation actions, they’re now classed as Endangered. 

Learn more about the Scimitar-horned Oryx and their plight in the wild by booking a Deluxe Safari Adventure on your next visit to Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Published 8 March 2024

Welcome to the Wetlands

Healesville Sanctuary is thrilled to announce some adorable new residents: a delightful Pied Heron chick and a clutch of three Blue-Billed Ducks. Last year, Healesville welcomed two female Blue-billed ducks from Melbourne Zoo to join the group, and their successful integration has led to this heartwarming outcome. Members can see the new arrivals in the Wetland aviary on the Wetlands Track.

Published 8 March 2024

Melbourne Zoo Works Update

Planned maintenance will be occurring on a few habitats. This means some animals may not be viewable during this time.

  • Both our Snow Leopards will not be viewable on Thursday 7 March
  • Dingo habitat on Thursday 7 March and Friday 8 March
  • The Eat and Play Precinct will be closed until 11am on Thursday 7th March

We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Published 5 March 2024

Melbourne Zoo Works Update – Snow Leopards and Dingoes

Planned maintenance will be occurring on our Snow Leopard and Dingo habitats on Monday 4th March 2024. It’s not easy living in your house when you have works happening, so the Snow Leopards and Dingoes will be chillin’ elsewhere while works are underway. Unfortunately, this means that they will not be viewable during this time. We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Published 1 March 2024

Dragon Talk with Triple R Breakfaster!

Grassland Earless Dragon Specialists Keeper and all-round legend Rory Keenan stopped by Triple R Breakfasters last week to talk more about the Victoria Grassland Earless Dragons conservation breeding programs successes. Take a listen via the link below (talk starts at 02:15:14)​.

And don't forget! You can support the recovery of the Victorian Grassland Earless Dragon and other dragon species by gifting a Dragon Guardians membership!

Published 26 February 2024

They're Calling on You

It's time to clean out that drawer of old mobile phones and start putting them to good use. They're Calling On You collection bins are now available at all four zoos, so it's easier than ever to recycle phones. Whether it's an old mobile phone tablet, smartwatch, headphones, or even those pesky phone chargers that keep piling up, bring them on your next visit to the zoo and donate them knowing that you'll also be helping to protect Critically Endangered Eastern Lowland Gorillas.

Your donated phones and accessories are recycled and re-purposed, and in the process raise funds to support the work of Gorilla Doctors, who provide life-saving medical care to wild gorilla populations. Thanks to your help we have recycled over 185,000 devices which has raised more than $300,000 for conservation.

You can find They're Calling on You phone donation points in the following locations:

  • Melbourne Zoo: just inside the front entrance, next to the volunteer information booth
  • Werribee Open Range Zoo: at the entrance to the retail shop
  • Kyabram Fauna Park: at the entrance to the cafe and retail shop
  • Healesville Sanctuary: outside the retail shop

To find out more head to our website by clicking the link below.

Published 22 February 2024

Look at how big you've grown!

The lion cubs are growing up fast at Werribee Open Range Zoo! They’ve recently hit the 50kg weight milestone while Male cubs, Mwezi and Jango, are also showing the beginnings of a mane. Get to know more about these majestic creatures during Werribee’s Free Lion Talk on daily at 11.30am.

Published 22 February 2024

Vale, Dargo

Healesville Sanctuary recently said goodbye to beloved Dingo Dargo. Eleven-year-old Dargo, who was receiving specialist care to manage his age-related degeneration, arrived at Healesville Sanctuary as a 6-week-old pup with his brother, Omeo, from the Australian Dingo Conservation Association in New South Wales. Dargo was a favourite among staff, and visitors from all over the world and will be greatly missed.

Published 22 February 2024

Something to Sing About

With this year’s breeding season almost over, Melbourne Zoo has seen 2 pittas fledge the nest. This is terribly exciting for the breeding team as these colourful songbirds are classified as Vulnerable in the wild. Pittas, typically, a forest bird, are facing habitat threats due to rapid deforestation. But fear not! You can help conservation efforts by opting for recycled toilet paper. Say goodbye to flushing trees down the drain and hello to preserving habitats for our feathered friends, like the vibrant Pitta!

Published 22 February 2024

We're Tote-ally excited about the Spotted Tree Frog

Melbourne Zoo recently celebrated its third clutch of eggs as part of Zoos Victoria’s breeding program for this critically endangered amphibian. We’ll also be releasing nearly 50 from last year’s breeding season into the wild this February. If you would like to help support the Spotted Tree Frog’s breeding program check out our latest Totes for Wildlife design.

Published 22 February 2024

Fledgling Gang-gangs

Our adorable Gang-gang chicks have spread their wings in Healesville’s Woodlands aviary! We're thrilled to share that we have a handsome little guy and a lovely lady joining our feathered family. With their arrival, our aviary now hosts a delightful group of six Gang-gangs, making it livelier than ever! Gang-gang cockatoos are listed as Vulnerable in Eastern parts of Australia due to habitat loss. Help the Gang-gang and other Australian wildlife by keeping trees in the ground by joining our Wipe for Wildlife campaign.

Are you a bird nerd? Get exclusive access to the Land of the Parrots before it opens for the day with our new experience at Healesville Sanctuary. Let our ranger introduce you to some of our unique parrots and learn more about how and why we train them.

Published 15 February 2024

A clutch of dragons

This week, Melbourne Zoo’s reptile house welcomed the arrival of newly hatched Frilled Dragons and Amy's Knob-tail Geckos. The successful breeding of Frilled Lizards is integral to sustaining their population not only here in Melbourne but also in various zoos across Australia and New Zealand. Ever wondered what it takes to look after the reptiles at Zoos Victoria? Join Healesville Sanctuary’s reptile keeper Courtney as she takes us on a tour of what happens at reptile house before the doors open

Published 15 February 2024

Congratulations to Zoos Victoria’s CEO, Jenny Gray

Zoos Victoria proudly celebrates Dr. Jenny Gray, our esteemed CEO, who has been honored with the prestigious Member of the Order of Australia medal for her outstanding contributions to wildlife management and zoological industry organisations. Dr. Gray's unwavering passion and dedication to conservation inspires us daily, reinforcing our pride in being part of the Zoos Victoria team. Congratulations, Jenny, on this well-deserved recognition!

Image Courtesy of FM Media
Image Courtesy of FM Media
Melbourne Zoo’s Zac Saber on ecological mindfulness

Melbourne Zoo’s Sustainability Supervisor, Zac Saber, was recently interviewed by Facility Management Media, on his road to working at Melbourne Zoo and what a day in the life of a Sustainability Supervisor looks like. Head over to the FM website for the full article.

Published 15 February 2024

Youth Leadership Program – applications now open!

Calling all Year 9-10 students statewide! Apply now for an exclusive leadership opportunity with Zoos Victoria. Under the guidance of experienced mentors, delve into field science and contribute to real conservation efforts for the Leadbeater's Possum. Develop invaluable leadership skills by leading impactful community projects. This year's program includes overnight stays in Healesville for field trips and night spotting. Hurry, applications close 7th March, and spots are limited. Ten scholarships are available for students from low-SES schools. Don't miss out on this chance to make a difference!

Published 15 February 2024

Zoo News: We Want to Hear from You

Do you have a love and/or friendship story from the zoo to share that's fit for print? Whether the zoo served as the backdrop for a budding romance or was the stage for a lifelong friendship to flourish, we want to hear all about it! Your stories are what make Zoo News come alive, and we're eager to publish the most captivating and heartfelt entries in our next edition. Don't forget to include a picture that complements your tale; after all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Published 15 February 2024

MELBOURNE ZOO WORKS UPDATE - Trail of the Elephants

Planned maintenance will be occurring on our elephant habitats between Monday 2nd Feb and Thursday 8th Feb with some impacts to visitor paths and redirections in place. Elephants will still be viewable during this time.

Published 30 January 2024

The 2024 Members Calendar Photo Competition is here!

Calling all shutterbugs: the Members Calendar Photo Competition is now open. This year, we invite you to visit all four of our great zoos to capture stunning photographs of our animals. Entries close 30 June 2024, so get snapping!

To submit your photos as well as tips for taking photos, click the button below.

Good Luck!

Good News from the ZOO - January 2024

We're always happy to bring a bit of feel-good animal news to the world! January 2024 brought some hot weather, a fashion accessory that helps to Fight Extinction, and the arrival of SEVEN Meerkat pups.

Toto and Malu welcome a new litter of Meerkat Pups

Melbourne Zoo has welcomed a new litter of meerkat pups. Toto’s last litter, born 17 October 2023, consisted of two adorable pups who have grown so quickly these last 3 months. The new litter, born 3 January 2024, consists of an astounding 5 baby meerkats, bringing the mob size up to 9. Toto (mother) and Malu (father), are doing a great job caring for their second litter, keeping them all in line. If you missed seeing their first litter, we invite you to come and see the new pups at Melbourne Zoo and see them in action as they explore their new surroundings.

New Hatchilings!

Our first Victoria Grassland Earless Dragon breeding season has almost finished, and we’re thrilled to welcome 50 new hatchlings to Melbourne Zoo. The arrival of these hatchlings brings the captive population to 79. This is marvelous news for the previously thought extinct dragon. For more information on the Victorian Grassland Earless Dragon and how you can support the recovery program check out our new membership option for children aged 15 and under, Dragon Guardians.

VALE, KYODA

Melbourne Zoo has said goodbye to our male Colobus monkey, Kyoda. Kyoda, who was 14 years old, lived with chronic heart disease and sadly passed away from the condition on 22 January 2024. Kyoda was companion to female Colobus monkey Kipenzi and had been at Melbourne Zoo for just over a year. He was a beautiful soul and will be missed by Zoo staff and members alike.

Published 22 January 2024

Third Times the charm for the Rose-crowned fruit dove

Another Rose-crowned Fruit Dove has just hatched at Healesville Sanctuary. Found in parts of Southern Indonesia, Northern Australia, and Eastern Australia, Members can see the young chicks at Healesville's Flooded Forest aviary on the Woodlands Track.

Vale, Kiani

We are sad to announce that our beloved elderly Orangutan, Kiani, passed away on 3 January 2024 at the age of 45. Kiani was receiving supportive care to manage her age-related arthritis and her condition started to deteriorate to the point where keepers and vets made the difficult decision to euthanise Kiani as the kindest and most human welfare outcome. The species is currently listed as Critically Endangered in the wild, largely due to habitat destruction from unsustainable palm oil production.

If you would like to watch our short tribute video or leave a message with your own special memories of Kiani, you can do so via our Facebook page.

Published 3 January 2024

Introducing Dragon Guardians

Get in early and pre-order the Dragon Guardians membership for your young ones. Supporting the rediscovery of the Victoria Grassland Earless Dragon that hadn't been seen for over 50 years in the wild, now your young ones can join us in protecting this precious species by becoming a Dragon Guardian.

Including exclusive merchandise as well as updates and exclusive content, Dragon Guardians membership is the ideal gift for young ones, as well as those that celebrate the Lunar New Year, as 2024 is Year of the Dragon. Don't miss out on this brand new, exclusive to Zoos Victoria Dragon Guardians memberships. 

Published 5 January 2024

Don’t miss Sunset Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo 

Spend an incredible evening out with some of the world’s most iconic animals. Adventure onto the savannah for an intimate, extended safari tour and delight in immersive African performances. Enjoy cocktails and snacks at Hippo Beach or feast with family and friends on a traditional African braai BBQ*.

For more information or to book today with your 10% member discount, visit the Sunset Safari page.

*Food and drink are not included in the price of admission. 

Published 5 January 2024

Tote Bags are back!

Totes for Wildlife highlights a local threatened species each year and, through the sale of exclusively designed tote bags, raises funds for the vital conservation projects we and our partners undertake to protect them. We are excited to launch the latest tote bag, celebrating the Spotted Tree Frog.

Add to your collection, or start collecting now. You can purchase online or from your zoo shop.

Published 5 January 2024

Your taste buds will thank you! 

Loaded fries, juices, jaffles, gourmet hot dogs, ice-creams, baked goods and so much more, your four zoos are delivering the goods with new menu items as well as old favourites. 

Check out the food and beverage options on offer using the links below. 
Melbourne Zoo | Werribee Open Range Zoo
Healesville SanctuaryKyabram Fauna Park

Published 5 January 2024

Check out the new digs for the Binturongs and Coatis at Melbourne Zoo 

Melbourne Zoo has welcomed two Binturong, Bhalu and Tugu to the zoo. These delightful creatures are taking up home in the former Coati habitat.  

Where are the Coati’s you ask? They have been relocated to a private habitat where they will be able to explore and live in a purpose built ‘retirement home’ for their age and capabilities.

We’ve captured both the new Binturong and the Coati’s in this very cute video, that tells a little about the Binturong, explores their new habitat and the detail behind building a ‘retirement home’ for the Coatis. 

Watch now

Published 2 January 2024

We’ve had a reno

The Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville Sanctuary has recently undergone renovation and if we do say so ourselves, it’s impressive.  

You can see for yourself in the visitor viewing space, the incredible work that our veterinary teams do every day and learn more about how we care for not only our resident animals, but also rescued wildlife.

Want to see more? You can use your exclusive 10% member discount to book a behind the scenes tour, visit the AWHC Tour page.

Published 2 January 2024

LET’S TALK BIRDS AND CATS  

Calling out to all cat-lovers and bird-lovers! We think you will enjoy watching this video presentation from Zoos Victoria and RSPCA Victoria’s Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife campaign, which was presented as part of BirdLife Australia’s webinar series “Birds Meet”.

RSPCA Victoria expert vet Dr Jess Cove shares her personal story of how she transitioned her cat from life as a stray cat to a cosy and safe indoor cat, and you’ll hear from Zoos Victoria’s Senior Manager of Conservation Campaigns, Pete Lancaster, about how the Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife campaign is helping cat owners out!

Watch now

Published 29 December 2023

Plan your day to hear all the best stories  

Did you know that each zoo has Animal Talks where you can hear from the team that care for the animals and their incredible insider stories. You can view the timetables below for each zoo: 

Melbourne Zoo | Werribee Open Range Zoo

Healesville Sanctuary | Kyabram Fauna Park

Can’t make it to the zoo? Don’t worry, we still have our keeper talks available to view online and you can check them out here.

Published 29 December 2023

The wheels on the bus go round and round… 

Have you experienced the Safari Bus at Werribee Open Range Zoo? Whether you’re a regular or a newbie, we have the insider info on how to get on the bus with the least queue time…. get there early! Buses start from 9.30am, so we recommend getting to Werribee Open Range Zoo early and enjoy the Savannah when the animals are starting their day. 

Make sure you bring everyone’s digital or physical membership cards to take advantage of express entry to the zoo! 

You can also take your Savannah experience to the next level by booking the Early Morning Savannah or the Deluxe Safari, check out the links below for more information: 

Early Morning Savannah Experience

Deluxe Safari Adventure 

Published 28 December 2023

Are travelling up north these holidays? 

Don’t forget that as a Zoos Victoria Member, you also have unlimited entry to Kyabram Fauna Park. Located only 30 minutes west of Shepparton or 30 minutes south of Echuca, Kyabram Fauna Park is home to not only our beloved Australian animals, but also some cheeky Meerkats who love to keep an eye on things outside the Bistro.  

The recently opened Reptile Habitat is also a must see with animal talks held at 11.30am and 2.30pm daily. Check out the animal experiences and book online to add something extra to your visit! 

Don’t forget to pack your membership card, or you can download them to your Apple or Google Wallet for easy access. Simply log into your MyZoo account and follow the prompts. 

Published 28 December 2023

stay cool this summer at werribee open range zoo

Friday 22 December 2023 to Sunday 28 January 2024
Daily from 11am to 2pm
Free for Members!

Stay cool this summer at Werribee Open Range Zoo’s Hippo Beach.

Enjoy tunes from the resident DJ, bubble fun, fluro face painting, games, activities and water play. Hippo Beach Café will also have some tasty summer treats available to purchase including mocktails, slushies, fruit skewers and ice creams to enjoy.

Where art comes to life

Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo have the privilege of being gifted with sculptures from the Gillie and Marc ‘Love the Last March’ and ‘Wild about Babies’ art series . Melbourne Zoo has three large sculptures, Rhinoceros, Gorilla and Chimpanzee, from the ‘Love the Last March’ collection as well as a Giraffe, Elephant, Giant tortoise and Brush-tailed rock wallaby from the ‘Wild about Babies’ collection and these are now on display around the zoo.  

Werribee Open Range Zoo has also installed the ‘Wild about Babies’ sculptures; Hippopotamus, Lion, Zebra and White rhinoceros, all now on display. Check them out next time you visit, they’re a great photo opportunity for the family. 

Published 28 December 2023

DID YOU KNOW YOU GET FREE ENTRY TO INTERSTATE ZOOS?

As a Zoos Victoria Member, not only do you receive unlimited entry to your four zoos in Victoria (Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Kyabram Fauna Park), you also receive free reciprocal entry to FIVE interstate zoos: Taronga Zoo Sydney, Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo, Perth Zoo, Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park.

For details on how to redeem your tickets to visit, and for terms and conditions, visit our Partners Page

how your coffee can make a difference

As we celebrate a year since the launch of Coffee for Wildlife, we also celebrate the impact that your purchase has had on local conservation work in the regions where the beans are sourced from. Thanks to you, our members, for purchasing a coffee when you visit your four zoos, or purchasing a bag of beans or ground coffee from our zoo shops, here is just some of the direct impact you have contributed to….

• Orangutan rescue and rehabilitation work in Sumatra + organic certification for more than 540 smallholder coffee farmers
• Training to local government experts and forest community members in Ethiopia on sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation
• New camera traps and research assistants employed in Papua New Guinea to improve wildlife tracking data

And it’s just the beginning, the more coffee you purchase, the more we can do! So enjoy your Zoo Brew knowing it’s not only delicious, but also great for conservation!!

THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM

If there is ever an incentive to become an early riser or reward for already being one, here are five great reasons why you should be:

1. Our zoos open at 9am (except Kyabram Fauna Park that opens at 10am) daily, and it's the best time to visit as the queues are minimal.

2. The animals are waking for the day and it's when they are most active.

3. Car parks are super easy to find and are close to the entrance.

4. A Coffee for Wildlife barista-made coffee while enjoying a stroll around the zoo.

5. Enjoy the cooler part of the day before it starts to really warm up.

So make the most of your zoo membership this Summer and enjoy all the benefits of starting the day early when visiting your four zoos.

Published 6 December 2023

welcome david, wayo and jesse to werribee open range zoo

One-year-old male Giraffes David and Wayo and two-year-old Jesse are settling into their new surroundings on the Savannah at Werribee Open Range Zoo, after arriving from Australia Zoo in Queensland and Taronga Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales last month.

The curious Giraffes have completed their routine quarantine and are enjoying becoming acquainted with the existing herd of four adult Giraffes as well as the other species on the Savannah, including Southern White Rhinoceroses, Ostriches, Zebras and Antelopes.

Visit Werribee Open Range Zoo and take a free Safari Bus tour to meet these gentle giants!

Published 6 December 2023

coffee for wildlife - how you can make a difference

Making the switch to Coffee for Wildlife means you will support coffee growers, forests and wildlife around the world. Every cup you purchase at the zoo, or every bag you buy from our Zoo Shop, makes a difference. 

Visit our Coffee For Wildlife webpage for detailed stories from the regions that our coffee beans are sourced and see the impact for yourself. As a Zoo Member, you also receive 15% discount on all coffee purchases from our Zoo Shop. See your latest member email for your exclusive discount code to purchase online or visit us in store.

Photo Credit: Orang Utan Coffee Project | Published 5 December 2023

christmas grazing boxes now on sale

As you're part of the Zoo family, let us cook for you this Christmas. We've got you covered for lunch or dinner with two grazing box options, either a meat-based or vegetarian option to order.

Collect your grazing box on Saturday 23 or Sunday 24 December, ready to eat wherever and whenever you are celebrating.

Bookings close at noon, Tuesday 19 December.

Order HERE for collection at Melbourne Zoo

Order HERE for collection at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Published 5 December 2023

congratulations melbourne zoo and healesville sanctuary

We're thrilled to announce that we've taken home two awards at the Victoria Tourism Industry Council - VTIC 2023 Victorian Tourism Awards! 🏆
Last night Melbourne Zoo won Gold in the Best Major Tourism Attraction category, while Healesville Sanctuary received the top honours for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism Experience with 'Wominjeka - Connect with Wurundjeri Culture at Healesville Sanctuary'. A huge congratulations to everyone involved! We're so proud to continue to provide special places for members and visitors from all over the world to connect with animals, nature and our rich First Nations culture.

Pictured left to right: Sheri Horiszny, Director-Melbourne Zoo, Dr Jenny Gray, Chief Executive Officer-Zoos Victoria, Murrundindi, Healesville Sanctuary

Published 4 December 2023

gift a zoo membership this christmas

It's the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. You love your zoo membership, and you can give that joy to a friend, family, teacher or loved one too.

Purchasing is easy and instant, and the membership is active from when the recipient is ready to start using it, so get on top of your Christmas gift shopping early and purchase now - click here to get started

Published 4 December 2023

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS WITH SISTER ZOO PARTNERSHIP IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Zoos Victoria has had a sister zoo partnership with the Port Moresby Nature Park in Papua New Guinea since 2013. The relationship is an outcome of a 2005 recommendation by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums for “well-resourced zoos to partner well-intentioned but under-resourced institutions”. At the heart of the relationship is sharing of staff knowledge, skills and passion and more than 30 staff from both institutions have participated to date.

Since the partnership has commenced, Port Moresby Nature Park has been awarded multiple accolades including accreditation with the Zoo & Aquarium Association (ZAA) and the induction into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame in 2019 following 5 years of Certificates of Excellence.

Published 13 November 2023

melbourne zoo works update - lemur island

Melbourne Zoo's Lemur Island moat is undergoing some maintenance between Monday 13 November and Wednesday 15 November. These works require a truck to be on-site in the area that may be noisy for those with sensitive hearing, so we recommend avoiding the area during this time. Our Ruffed lemurs will also be relocated to a quieter space while this work is happening, so they won't be in their regular habitat during this time.

We thank you for your patience as we conduct these important maintenance works for the Lemurs.

Published 13 November 2023

THE LIONS HABITAT AT MELBOURNE ZOO IS GETTING AN UPGRADE

On Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8 November and 23 November, the Melbourne Zoo Lion habitat in Lion Gorge will be undergoing some renovations. During this time, the lions may not be visible to members and visitors, however the trail is open as usual where you can visit the Binturong, Snow Leopards, Tiger, Tasmanian Devils and Dingoes.

We thank you for your understanding during this time and look forward to seeing you at the zoo.

Published 10 November 2023

MEMBERS, YOUR 30% DISCOUNT SHOPPING DAY IS COMING

Christmas is around the corner, but don't worry, because we have all your Christmas gifts sorted. With a huge range of products in store at your four properties*, take advantage of 30% off^ for one day only and not only do you get your Christmas shopping done, your purchase also helps save wildlife.

Terms and conditions apply: *Stock availability may vary in each store. ^discount off full RRP, no further discounts apply. Discounts available in-store only at Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Kyabram Fauna Park. 30% discount not available for online purchases. Regular 15% discount applies online. Discount only available on Saturday 18 November 2023. Member 15% discount applies all other days.

Published 10 November 2023

WILD SEAS CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS

In the Deep (the indoor underwater section of Wild Seas) at Melbourne Zoo will be closed from Monday 20 November until Friday 24 November 2023. This closure is for urgent maintenance works required and will mean that members and visitors cannot enter the indoor underwater area of the Wild Seas precinct during the time. Access will still be available from the Wild Seas exit to see the Penguins. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Published 03 November 2023

MEMBERS, THEY'RE CALLING ON YOU

Zoos Victoria's 'They're Calling On You' campaign collects and re-purposes old devices in an effort to reduce further mining of minerals such as Coltan, a metallic ore used in most modern mobile phones. This mining causes land clearing and habitat destruction for Western Lowland Gorillas in central African countries including Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Donating your used mobile phones also helps to raise important funds for the Gorilla Doctors - the only accredited organisation able to provide life-saving medical care to fragile wild Gorilla populations in Africa.

To learn more visit zoo.org.au/theyre-calling-on-you-phones or drop off your old mobile phones on your next visit to any of our four zoos! 

Published 02 November 2023

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MEMBER CALENDAR PHOTO WINNERS

Congratulations to the following 14 Zoo Members whose images have been selected to feature in the 2024 Member Calendar. The Calendar will be posted to members in early December, for those who subscribed to receive it. It is also available in our Zoo Shops to purchase from 1 December, and is a great Christmas gift idea for family, friends and even Teachers.

* Michelle Nakivell * Thuan Truong * Jill Robertson * Bradley Pemberton * Albert Tay * Laura Snyders * Daniel Charles * Sarah Archibald * Paul Jackson * James Wooldridge * David Lucas * Jordan Groen * Alicia Vaccaro * Andrew Haysom

If you too are a talented and passionate photographer and would like to submit your images for the 2025 Member Calendar, keep an eye out for the annual Member Photo Competition, launching in February 2024.

Published 30 October 2023

IT'S A WILD WEEKENDER

Experience an action-packed weekend at your fourth zoo, Kyabram Fauna Park, with loads of activities to enjoy.
Including a super-sized animal talk schedule, jumping castles, face painting and much more, why not make a weekend on it. 
And it's FREE for members!

Published 16 October 2023

Upside Down People

The Capitol, Saturday 4 Nov, 5pm Only $10 per adult, $5 per child

Brought to you by our friends at RMIT Culture, 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 or to book tickets.

Published 15 October 2023

RANGER KIDS HAS HAD A RENOVATION

Rain, hail or shine, you can enjoy this indoor play space at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Come inside and let your imagination run wild! Check out the new sensory wall and tortoise enclosure as well as a giant helicopter, big plush toys for little ones and seats for adults to relax. Junior Rangers can dress up as a ranger or vet and play in the huge Medic Tent. There's something for all ages. Make sure you say hi to the local resident tortoises and watch them enjoying their newly renovated habitat.

The parents room is also conveniently located next door.

Published 14 October 2023

MELBOURNE ZOO CLOSED ON SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2023

In partnership with the Association for Children with Disability, Melbourne Zoo will be hosting Dream Day on Saturday 21 October 2023. This means that our wonderful Zoo will be closed to both Zoo Members and the public throughout the day.

Melbourne Zoo will be transformed to provide children with disabilities and their families the unique opportunity to enjoy the Zoo in an environment that they may otherwise find difficult to navigate during peak times. 

While Melbourne Zoo will be closed on this day, your membership also includes free entry to Werribee Open Range ZooHealesville Sanctuary and Kyabram Fauna Park and they will continue to be open as usual to members and the public.

We can’t thank you enough for supporting this important initiative.

Published 11 October 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!

Published 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.

Published 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.

Published 22 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. 

Published 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 

Published 11 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. 

Published 1 September 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. 

Published 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.

Published 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.

Published 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.

Published 21 August 2023

Win a 3 Day Tesla Rental thanks to our friends at Europcar 

How?

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.

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Published 4 August 2023

LION CUB UPDATE

Werribee Open Range Zoo’s precious trio of 10-week-old lion cubs now have names. More than 13,000 votes were cast by Zoos Victoria members and donors in the online naming competition. The names are from languages used in the African regions where wild lions are found and the names align with the Werribee Zoo lion cubs’ individual personalities.

The top three voted names are MWEZI [pronounced: Mw-e-zee], KIANGA [pronounced: Kee-ang-uh] and JANGO [pronounced: Jan-go]. The name Mwezi – meaning moon in Swahili – has been given to one of the male cubs because the litter was born during the evening of a full moon. Kianga – meaning sunshine in Swahili – has been given to the female cub because she’s very bright and picks things up really quickly. Jango – meaning brave in Xhosa – has been given to the second male cub because he’s extremely confident in exploring on his own.

Viewing opportunities are still extremely limited. Zoo members are encouraged to continue to check our website and social channels @zoosvictoria - for updates about when the cubs will be visible for extended periods of time.

Published 17 August 2023

Keeping your cat warm this winter!

Ensure your feline friend stays cozy this winter with expert tips on maintaining their warmth and well-being. Discover how to create a comfortable indoor environment and provide essential care for your beloved cat during the colder months.

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Published 10 August 2023

Lion Cub update

A roar of anticipation is sweeping through Werribee Open Range Zoo as three curious lion cubs reach another exciting life milestone.
The eight-week-old-cubs have started exploring beyond their den, stepping into the expanses of the lion pride habitat for up to 30 minutes a day, before disappearing back into their den.

The cubs will be gradually introduced to their habitat throughout the coming weeks. This is all part of a specially designed plan that aims to replicate how lion cubs integrate with their environment and pride members in the wild.
Viewing opportunities are still extremely limited. We encourage Zoo members and visitors to continue to check our website, your Member VIP Zone and social channels @zoosvictoria - for updates about when the cubs will be visible for extended periods of time in the weeks and months to come.

Published 4 August 2023

Lion Cubs Update  

As Werribee Open Range Zoo’s precious lion cubs continue to grow, they are becoming more active by the day. This also means increased periods of sleep to regenerate their energy.

The cubs were recently introduced to their older sister, Asali, which followed weeks of gradual introductions through a protective barrier. Asali was very curious to meet them and there was plenty of sniffing. Mother Nilo was great at allowing the cubs and Asali to interact with one another, while still setting clear boundaries for any rough play. Introductions will continue with Asali next week and father, Sheru, is also due to meet the cubs soon.  

Published 27 July 2023

AN MRU SUCCESS STORY

Melbourne Zoo’s Marine Response Unit team recently responded to a call regarding a Subantarctic Fur Seal yearling that was found distressed and entangled in netting on a beach at Barwon Heads. The exhausted young seal was able to make a full recovery at Melbourne Zoo veterinary hospital where it gained much needed rest and strength, ready for its return back to southern waters.  

We’re happy to report that the young seal has since been released to its home in the wild. 

Published 27 July 2023

WEIGHING IN

Melbourne Zoo’s Aldabra Giant Tortoise, Jean, was voluntarily weighed for the first time! Her current weight is 95.1kg. All previous weights had been achieved via manually lifting Jean onto scales, often during veterinary procedures. This is huge step forward in positive animal welfare as it allows Jean to safely and calmly participate in her own healthcare without any unnecessary touching!  

Published 25 July 2023

Lion Cub update

Werribee Open Range Zoo’s three lion cubs are starting to master the art of walking. Now that they are on their feet, there is no stopping them! The cubs are becoming increasingly inquisitive, so zookeepers have begun introducing new enrichment items, such as tree branches and logs for the trio to investigate. 

Zookeepers have also identified the first signs of teeth starting to grow, with the cubs wanting to chew on anything they can find.  

Published 20 July 2023

Keeper Kids has re-opened 

We are excited to announce the upgraded Melbourne Zoo Keeper Kids has reopened! New amenities include four baby change tables, two parent areas, a disabled toilet and a parent and children’s toilet. Thanks for your patience, we hope you enjoy the newly updated space and all the fun and engaging activities that the Keeper Kids team provide for our young Zoo Members. 

Published 20 July 2023

A close up of a cassowary
Where is Zillie?

Due to improvement works at Melbourne Zoo, resident Cassowary, Zillie, has moved home, just up the path and can now be found in the Great Flight Aviary at Melbourne Zoo. Be sure to visit her on your next visit to Melbourne Zoo, she loves seeing our members drop by. 

We’re happy to report that the young seal has since been released to its home in the wild.  

Published 18 July 2023

Werribee Open Range Zoo Elephant habitat update 

Civil works continue at Werribee Open Range Zoo in preparation for our Asian elephant move in 2024. The elephant pools are starting to take shape and mounds are starting to be formed across the landscape.

Published 13 July 2023

Meerkats have returned to the Royal Children's Hospital

We're thrilled to see our Meerkats return to the Royal Children’s Hospital after a little vacation to Melbourne Zoo during recent hospital renovations. They spent their first afternoon exploring and eating tasty bugs in a log. They have reacclimated well and the children at the hospital are extremely excited to have them return. This magical mob help to brighten up the lives of kids undergoing vital medical treatment - and we couldn't be prouder! 

Published 11 July 2023

Your purchase helps save wildlife

As a result of Totes For Wildlife bag sales, last week, staff from Zoos Victoria came together near the small town of Rainbow in Western Victoria, for the first planting of Myoporum parvifolium (Creeping Boobialla). Members of the local community and ALL the students from the local school attended to help establish the plants in their new home. By creating this habitat, we aim for this location to become a new stronghold for one of our 27 priority local species, the Golden-rayed Blue butterfly. 

Published 6 July 2023