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Review of Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo
Elliot Ave | Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria 3052, Australia
+61 1300 966 784
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Owner description: Journey through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne. Over 250 species from around the world can be found in the beautiful setting of Melbourne Zoo, just five minutes from the city centre. Stroll through the lush Asian and African rainforests, Australian bushland and even underwater! Walk where tigers roam and monkeys swing from tree to tree. See eye-to-eye with the Orang-utans in their special elevated exhibit, explore the Trail of Elephants and then head down the bush track to see unique Australian wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, wombats and emus. Submerge yourself in our underwater world to see Victoria's iconic Little Penguins, Australian Fur Seals and more! Don't miss: Lion Gorge, our new lion experience which will have you come face-to-face with our magnificent African Lion bachelor group. Meet the Keeper: Hear our expert keepers give daily talks about the animals in their care. Close-up Encounters: Book a close-up encounter with one of our animals for a great photo opportunity.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Totally loved the zoo. They had such an extensive range of animals from Koalas to elephants and seals you will not be disappointed with a visit here. The children love it and the adults love it but beware the numerous souvenir shops scattered around

Visited October 2012
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“Great! Lot's of animals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Went today, took us a couple of hours to go around pretty much the entire zoo. It was well worth it though - lots of animals, including those native to Australia and more exotic animals like Snow Leopards and Bears. If you don't have time to go to Melbourne Aquarium and a wildlife sanctuary, I recommend going to Melbourne Zoo - it gives you a taste of everything, plus more.

Visited July 2013
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“Things have changed but is it enough ?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

I used to visit the Zoo in the 60's with my brother. We would skate board and roller skate around while our parents worked on a house nearby, and look at the lions, pacing up and down in their small cages, and think nothing of it. Now, as I return with my young adult children, I see that while the cages are bigger, the animals are still caged, and still bored. Hopefully there will be a time in the not too distant future when Zoos, like circuses, will realise that there is no good way to cage an animal and expect it to be happy.

Visited July 2013
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Melbourne-Zoo, Marketing at Melbourne Zoo, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Hi Katherine, many thanks for visiting Melbourne Zoo and providing a review. It is always wonderful to know there are people out there who appreciate and care for the amazing animals we have as much as we do.

Caring for zoo animals is a complex science that requires an understanding of the normal behaviours of wild animals including the types of behaviours, social groups and amount of time spent each day resting, foraging, travelling and interacting with one another. Our animal care programs factor in all these requirements, as well as nutritional needs, and monitoring health of each animal. Daily routines are varied to avoid boredom and repetition. Just as we know the likes and habits of our close friends, family or pets and provide the best outcomes for them; our animal husbandry staff have close bonds with individual animals and can readily assess if an animal is contented, bored or perhaps needs a vet check.

I hope this helps ease your concerns. Kind regards, Zoos Victoria.
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Perth, Australia
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“Really nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This zoo is really large and everything is spread out enough to not have everyone walking in great bunches. Like that they have the aquarium in the zoo also. Definitely better than our zoo here in Perth so we really enjoyed it!

Visited August 2012
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“Great zoo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I loved this zoo, it was really spread out. There didn't seem to be a method as to how the animals were placed but with enough time you can see them all. Wonderful time!

Visited May 2013
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