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Vale Tombo

Werribee Open Range Zoo’s much-loved, elderly Lion Tombo passed away late on Friday afternoon, 28 October 2016.

Zoo Veterinarians made the difficult decision to euthanise the aging Lion after his health deteriorated during the week.

30 October 2016
Malu sends email video

Orang-utan Malu demands palm oil labelling

Sumatran Orang-utan Malu created history this morning when he became the first orang-utan to send an email

Malu’s email was a cry for help to prevent his species from becoming extinct in the wild.

27 October 2016
Zebra at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Planning your long weekend at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Create your own adventure in the Werribee Precinct this weekend, with a range of special activities and events.
Werribee Open Range Zoo is open from 9am to 5pm daily, with Safari Tours running throughout the day and last entry to the zoo at 3.30pm.
27 October 2016
Plains-wanderer in grassland habitat Simon Starr

Bringing the Plains-wanderer under our wing

With less than 1000 birds left in the wild, the Plains-wanderer is in imminent threat of extinction.

26 October 2016
Claudia Chapman-Ivetac's Donation

Help for Mongolian Wild Horses at hand

Ten-year-old Claudia Chapman-Ivetac has left no stone unturned in her efforts to aid the Endangered Przewalski's horse also known as the Mongolian Wild Horse.

25 October 2016
Moving Meo

Moving Meo

How do you move a Snow Leopard?

Carefully and caringly were the watchwords this morning when Carnivore Department Keepers moved Snow Leopard Meo from her night den in Big Cat Row to the new custom-designed facility where she will spend the next year.

24 October 2016
Guthega Skink

Sanctuary celebrates the end of skinks’ big sleep

Healesville Sanctuary’s threatened species keepers celebrated this week as the endangered Guthega Skinks woke from their first-ever hibernation at the Sanctuary.

21 October 2016
Chantilly at the Sanctuary

Catch Chantilly the Lace Monitor in action at Healesville Sanctuary

Today is Reptile Awareness Day and Healesville Sanctuary is celebrating scaly and slithery native reptiles!

An encounter with Australia’s unique reptiles is one not to be missed, especially a meeting with Chantilly the Lace Monitor.

21 October 2016
Meerkats at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Why the zoo is good for young minds

By Meg Mundell

Animals loom large in children’s imaginations – from their heartfelt attachment to stuffed toys, to passionate dinosaur obsessions, to a fondness for characters like Big Bird, Peppa Pig or Maisy Mouse.

21 October 2016
Lion Cubs' First Birthday Enrichment

Lion Cubs' First Birthday

Lion cubs Kito, Kashka and Kubwa will mark their first birthday at Werribee Open Range Zoo on Thursday 20 October, with Zoo Members invited to a special celebration.

20 October 2016