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“Amazing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo
Elliot Ave | Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria 3052, Australia
1300 966 784
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Ranked #20 of 208 Attractions in Melbourne
Type: Zoos, Gardens
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Owner description: Journey through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne. Over 320 species from around the world can be found in a beautiful natural setting just five minutes from the city centre. Stroll through the lush Asian and African rainforests, where tigers roam and monkeys swing from tree to tree. Then take the time to stop and see eye to eye with Orangutans in their special elevated exhibit. Explore the Trail of the Elephants and the unique native wildlife in the Australian bush setting. Head into the underwater world at the Wild Seas exhibit showcasing penguins, seals and more! Don’t miss: Growing Wild: Discover our new interactive exhibit filled with animals, sculptures and tunnels for kids to play in. Meet the Keeper: Hear our expert keepers give daily talks about the animals in their care. Behind the Scenes Encounters: Head behind the scenes to meet and help look after your favorite animal. Close-up Encounters: Book a close-up encounter with one of our animals for a great photo opportunity.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

There was something about this zoo that I can't identify that made it fantastic. It was friendly, it was clean and so well run, but it all seemed so effortless. We went on Good Friday when it was so busy but it was a pleasure and the best zoo we have ever visited.

Visited March 2013
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Coburg, Australia
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“I, Animal; A complete rip-off”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Our first negative experience began as soon as we purchased our tickets. On the Zoos website it claims the tickets are for sale for $39 plus a booking fee (per ticket! even though if you buy three at once it is sill one transaction). We decided to forego this pathetic attempt by your company to make us give you money for nothing. At the door we were surprised to learn that the tickets were 45 dollars (never mentioned anywhere on the website, because of course we would have bought the web) This is pure dishonesty and established in my mind what I have already felt...you are nothing but dishonest greedy hucksters.

The tour was complete emotional schlop. Served up to a discernment-free audience. If you are going to charge 45 dollars then make it at least the length of a freaking movie. It wasn't even magical, unless you count the carousal playing the sountrack to the Breakfast Club.

This tour represents a genuinely worrying trend in Australian capitalism. The idea you pay a lot of money for something and get nothing in return. The tour didnt even go for the full hour, there were no drinks provided ( i wan to repeat that we just forked over 135 dollars and they think it is appropriate to sell 8 dollar beer out of milk crates). There weren't even toilets (they told us the lights were off).

Even the emotional highpoint with Silva the seal was a con, as they overbooked the penguin tour and half the group werent able to participate and they didnt even mention that Silva has passed away! When people fork our this much money you have to be on top of it. Unbelievable

The Melbourne Zoo crowd will claim this is help fighting extinction, but it is not. They are lining their own pockets and ripping off the public. Where were the batteries on all those iphones sourced from? How many Chinese fingers or eyesights were put into extinction so you could have your tour and make a bucket load of money.

The designers of this tour are nothing more than greedheads and should hang their head in collective shame.

The Zoo is nothing but hucksters.

Visited April 2013
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Melbourne-Zoo, Marketing at Melbourne Zoo, responded to this review, April 21, 2013
Hi Lawrence, we are really disappointed to hear you were unhappy with the experience. Thank you for this feedback which we will pass onto the I,Animal team to address. Kind regards, Zoos Victoria.
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Amazing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Melbourne zoo is an amazing way to spend a day. Keeps you busy for hours with wonderful enclosures and beautiful animals. Zoo was very clean and well maintained. Best part of my day was the seal show very impressive and informative. All zoo workers are friendly and are happy to talk to you.

Visited April 2013
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“great zoo, so big! got lost.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

loved the zoo, loved the animals. some zoos are a bit boring but this one wasnt, there was always something to see and something to watch. had a great time. took us approx 3 hours to take a nice slow stroll around.

Visited May 2012
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New York, New York, United States
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“Fabulous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Best zoo experience I've had. Immaculate, open, well maintained. A thoroughly enjoyable day! The orangutan house was great fun, and the koala talk was intimate and informative. Loved getting so close to kangaroos!

Visited February 2013
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