This is basic Information for the Australian Melbourne Zoo helping you get there, find your way around and anything else that will make the experience an enjoyable one.
The Royal Melbourne Zoo is Australia's first being built in 1862 and now houses over 460 animal species.
Some of these animals are on the highly endangered list with their numbers dangerously low.
All the animals are housed in humane modern exhibition sections
scattered throughout the grounds and well looked after by qualified and
dedicated zoo staff.
Navigate The Melbourne Zoo
Animals were originally displayed at the Royal Botanic Gardens and then in the Richmond Paddocks along the Yarra River.
In 1862 the animals were moved to Royal park.
The layout of the Melbourne Zoo was modeled after the London Zoo with lots of formal gardens.
In the early days the elephants were used for rides, Queenie being one of the favorite elephants, however this practice ceased in 1961 due to an unfortunate incident.
I even remember as an early child in the 50's riding on an elephant through the zoo lawns.
Historical Photo Of Queenie The Elephant At The Melbourne Zoo
At the Zoo Children's Hour artists 'Happy memories of 3LO Melbourne'
Now the elephants live in the modern and spacious Trail of the Elephants.
Over the years the Zoo has been remodeled and redeveloped and there are more humane enclosures always being built.
One relic of the Melbourne Zoo is the restored and heritage listed 19th Century English-made-Merry-Go-Round.
Now beautifully restored it operates in the Carousel Park at the Zoo between the hours of 11:30 and 2:00pm during weekends, public holidays and school holidays.
Melbourne Zoo Carousel
It is situated just on the outskirts of the central business district.
Just click the blue icon on the map below for directions or click through to a larger map.
Melways reference 43 E1
If you are traveling in by car just click on the map above and follow the prompts. You will be given an exact route to travel from your starting point.
Parking is available for a very small fee, just follow the directions from Elliot Street.
Royal Park Train Station - The Melbourne Zoo Stop
Where to Eat - Important Zoo Information
Apart from packing a delicious picnic there are plenty of places within the grounds to either snack or sit down dine.
A Little Bit of Asia at the Melbourne Zoo - Eatery And Gift Shop
There are plenty of open spaces for you to set up your very own picnic. Whether it be a rug on the lawn or a picnic table and chairs, you are sure to enjoy the experience while listening to all the different noises that the animals are making.
Picnic At Melbourne Zoo
The Zoo Shops
The Melbourne Zoo Shop
Melbourne Zoo Phone Number: (03) 9285 9300
Please check with the official Melbourne Zoo site for any price updates:
As of July 2010;
Adults--$24:80 16 and over
Children--$12:40 4 through to 15
Concession--$19:20 16 and over
Discounted Family Passes are available as well as reduced disabled admission.
Carers are admitted for free.
Purchase tickets on line here at Royal Melbourne Zoo site
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The Zoo is open between 9:00am and 5:00pm every day of the year.
Allow a good 3 hours to see all the animals and if you wish to Meet the Keeper these are the special times...
Meet the Keeper Presentations:
Sign Post At The Royal Melbourne Zoo
Want to know what animals are exhibited at the Melbourne Zoo?
Hop on over to the Zoo Exhibits page for more zoo information.
Drive through an open plain with wild African animals to the left and right of you, feed a Kangaroo or pat a Koala?
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