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Joharis 14th birthday

No time for ‘lion’ around… It’s Johari’s 14th birthday!

While Johari was the ‘mane’ attraction at Werribee Open Range Zoo today for his 14th birthday, it was his eight month old cubs Kibibi, Aziza, Zuberi and Ndidi that really made the most of bright piñatas filled with straw bedding from the gorilla dens and rhino poo, lovingly made by Zoo Volunteers

28 August 2017
Joel Sartore

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore to visit Australia this month to continue his work on The Photo Ark

We are thrilled to announce that National Geographic photographer and founder of The Photo Ark, Joel Sartore, is returning to Australia this month to continue his work on The Photo Ark and attempt to photograph the elusive Leadbeater’s Possum at Healesvi

18 August 2017
Nilo with four cubs

Lion cubs born at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo have welcomed the arrival of four new additions to the lion pride.

This is Lioness Nilo’s second litter of cubs and father Johari’s third litter following the birth of triplets Kubwa, Kashka and Kito in 2015 and Ndidi, Aziza, Zuberi and Kibibi in 2016.

16 August 2017
Christmas Island Pipistrelle Bat

Zoos Victoria witnesses extinction

Sadly Zoos Victoria witnessed a monumental extinction event. In 2009, our research scientists unknowingly recorded the final calls of the Christmas Island Pipistrelle, a small bat. This is a sound that still haunts staff and is an eerie reminder of how isolated and rapid extinction really is.

12 August 2017
National Threatened Species Day

National Threatened Species Day

In 1996, September 7 was declared National Threatened Species Day. This marked the sixtieth anniversary of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger's death.

10 August 2017
Possum video

Winter slumber for our tiny possum

Mountain Pygmy-possums are an exceptional little possum.

10 August 2017
Leopard Tortoise 1

Party time with the Leopard Tortoises

Werribee Open Range Zoo has been busy shell-ebrating a few Leopard Tortoise birthdays in the past month! 

10 August 2017
Tarwin receiving treatment

Arthritic Animals

It’s not only people feeling the painful pangs of arthritis in this wintry weather – some animals at Melbourne Zoo also need treatment to keep them comfortable.

9 August 2017
Lion MZ

Happy World Lion Day

It's now been more than two months since the three adolescent lion brothers made their big move from Werribee Open Range Zoo to Lion Gorge, and keepers are pleased to see them settling in well.

9 August 2017
Lotus and Tulip DHSV

All Smiles at the Zoo

When it comes to smiles, they don't come much bigger than the hippos at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

That's why Zoos Victoria and Dental Health Services Victoria have teamed up together to encourage visitors to develop healthy habits for healthy teeth - just like the hippos.

8 August 2017