Visit this African themed zoo in Werribee, about 32 kilometres south-west of Melbourne. There are 3 zoos that make up 'Zoos Victoria' which also includes Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary.
The open range zoo has been built on approximately 560 acres and is located on the Werribee River in Werribee Park. The Werribee Mansion lies directly adjacent to it.
The children are allowed to get in free, which is a wonderful bonus for when it comes to school holiday activities.
This is one of those family fun activities that you will never forget.
All your family can spend the whole day here as there is so much to see and take in.
You can get so close to these wonderful and unique African savanna animals. They are sometimes only feet away from you.
In Australia we do have natural savanna grasslands not dissimilar to those found on the African savanna.
However the savanna animals that graze on the African savanna grasslands are very different to the kangaroo, emu etc that are native to Australia.
Here at the Werribee Zoo, you really get the feeling that you could be out there on the open plains of Africa. Now that is really an awesome experience.
The drive to the Werribee Open Plains Zoo is around 30 minutes south west of Melbourne on the Princes Freeway. It is a short 30-minute drive from the city over the Westgate Bridge or via the Geelong Road. (Take the Werribee South exit to K Road.)
Entry includes one of the totally enthralling and exciting Safari savanna tours.
This will take you past African zebra, giraffe, waterbuck, ostrich, rhinos, camels, oryx and other savanna animals.
The Tour takes about an hour, bring your camera as there are lots of great opportunities to take some great pictures.
The tour driver runs a totally captivating commentary throughout the session and you are able to ask questions and really get involved with the whole experience.
The Werribee Zoo has a new $3.6 million bachelor pad which is the home to three male gorillas - silverback Motaba and his two sons Yakini and Ganyeka.
three boys have come from the Melbourne Zoo and now live in a 6,000
square metre state-of-the-art gorilla enclosure. This is a modern and
innovative design with fantastic viewing platforms and play areas.
The new exhibit is located on Core Island near the Zoo's front entrance.
The enclosure will also promote Zoos Victoria's mobile phone recycling campaign which highlights the plight of gorillas in Africa whose habitat is being destroyed because of the illegal coltan mining - a mineral used in the production of mobile phones.
You can stroll 120 metres of boardwalks and come eye-to-eye with the hippos from a partly-submerged barge, the Kubu Queen.
After exploring on foot, the safari bus then takes you across the Kubu River ford in one of the world's only drive-through hippo experiences.
There is an adventure trail here, an archeological dig site and a hippo water play section with life sized hippopatamus.
These Creatures are incredible...one of the world's most dangerous when found in the wild.
They look like gentle giants, but don't be deceived.
When you arrive back at the Meerkat Licensed Bistro, you can spend some time watching these amazing little creatures as you enjoy a cuppa and a bite to eat.
Their antics will have you enthralled for ages.
There is also a take-away food Kiosk next door to the Bistro and courtyard seating for convenience.
Refreshed and ready for your next experience, just follow the directions and wander along the pathways that will take you to some of the most amazing encounters that you will ever experience.
Follow the path of a lion through an African village and the savanna grasslands to his pridelands.
There are interactive elements to this walk, like sitting in the jeep and looking directly into the face of the king of the beasts.
Separated by what appears to be just a thin pane of glass, you are fearful to move an inch!
He appears out from nowhere, he will jump up onto the front of the jeep, sit down facing you and opened his huge mouth to yawn!
He'll lick his Lips, looked at each one of you, shake his beautiful mane, then appear not interested as he slowly hops down and proceeds on his way.
Africa right on your doorstep...couldn't ask for more exciting, thrilling and amazing things for kids to do.
Book one of the special Werribee Open Range Zoo Tours or just rock on up to the entrance and take yourself and your loved ones on an adventure they will always remember.
There are Specialty Tours at the Zoo that operate daily.
Up to date details on the prices for these tours along with the times that the Zoo is open and other relevant information that you may require can be found here at the Werribee Zoo Website
These tours include...
Lions Waking Up At The Werribee Zoo
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