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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
Consumers Right to Know

An Open Letter to Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Standards

To the Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation

Dear Ministers,

20 October 2016
Wetlands view from boardwalk

Sanctuary celebrates birds’ beautiful new home

Healesville Sanctuary has a beautiful brand new Wetlands exhibit where bird-lovers and the novice alike have the opportunity to see some of Australia’s most stunning water bird species.

19 October 2016
Zoo Twilights

Melbourne Zoo announces stellar Zoo Twilights line-up

Zoo Twilights fans will be impressed with Melbourne Zoo’s 2017 Zoo Twilights summer 2017 music program. The concert series will run from Friday 27 January to Saturday 11 March 2017.

19 October 2016
Leopard Ridge announcement

Leopard Ridge Announcement

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio has announced details of the next big development at Melbourne Zoo: Leopard Ridge, due to open in December 2017.

18 October 2016
Signing for Santan

Signing for Santan

Today is Santan's birthday and all he wants for his 39-year celebration is for you to sign the petition for clear palm oil labelling.

12 October 2016
Melbourne Zoo turns 154

Melbourne Zoo turns 154

Another amazing year is being added today to the long history of Australia’s first zoo.

Zoo staff and volunteers gathered in the Main Drive to enjoy sharing the 154th birthday cake.

6 October 2016

Caring for Tombo

In the wild, male lions rarely live beyond 10-14 years. One of our male lions, Tombo at Werribee Open Range Zoo is at the elderly age of 20 years and is monitored closely by our Keepers and Vets to check his health and quality of life.

6 October 2016
Evelyn the Swamp Wallaby Joey

Rescued Swamp Wallaby joey makes full recovery

During the spring time, Healesville Sanctuary sees an influx of orphaned or injured baby animals brought in for treatment at the Australian Wildlife Health Centre.

5 October 2016