What’s a better way to explore Melbourne than getting to know its animals?
The Zoos in Australia is surely one of the best places that can offer you a variety of wild and interesting animals from inside its country and outside. The country even has the most well-known zoologist family, the Irwin family, which is now has been carried on by the young and talented Robert Irwin to follow his dad’s path.
There are three options you can choose from to visit the zoo in Victoria below. And today I’m going to show you what is at the Melbourne zoo.
The zoo is not far at all from University of Melbourne or Trinity College. It’s just a few tram stops away (see the pic below)
For more information on how to get there check: https://www.zoo.org.au/melbourne/plan-your-visit/getting-here
Luckily, students (local and overseas) will get a sweet deal concession discount. We will only have to pay $24.90 each!
One the way in, you will be given a zoo map at the start to plan your day trip. And it looks like this
We started off by turning right and the first thing we saw were little cute creatures you can hardly find from anywhere else, the meerkats. Not only you will get excited when you see them, they will also get excited when they see you.
I really wish I could steal one of them to pet.
Next, we encountered a giant tortoise who seemed like he wanted to come play with us but he just couldn’t be bothered.
So we finished off the first zone, walked back to the entrance and turned right pass the carousel park full of children and their family having such a great time in the sunshine.
We looked at the map and saw the ‘Red Pandas’ as our next target. We were imagining an actual panda that is red (hybrid or something) but then we saw this little guy climbing around in this area and just enjoying his life happily.
And that was the highlight of the Growing Wild area. Next Station: Wild Sea
You’ll be seeing this guy in the tank at the entrance welcoming you to the Wild Sea.
This area is like a big marine house filled with all the water-type animals in their tanks.
And of course, there is always someone who steals the spotlight in the house.
Not only the seals are enjoying their lives swimming, the visitors will also get the chance to sit down to enjoy seeing them too.
And the one thing that the zoo can never fail to have for the happiness of their visitors. The penguins!!
There are also a variety of marine species in the tanks that you can see really close.
Up next, we walked into a giant reptiles house. In this section, all the reptiles will be shown in their own cells of what they would look like in their natural habitat.
On our way to the Australian Bush, we also encountered a variety of strange and funny animals like this guy.
Of course at the entrance of the Australian Bush, one of the cutest Australian animals is shown there.
After that we entered what looked like a huge bird cage in the Jurassic Park. (Fortunately, they won’t eat you)
After we survived that, we finally met our other cute Australian friends which are basically an underground evolution of coala.
Second last zone, we entered the Trail of the Elephants. And the guard of this zone sitting at the front is this little enthusiastic otter.
Then, we got a chance to enter the Butterfly House. Warning: the weather is very hot and humid inside.
If you’re lucky enough, they might fly to and sit on your head!
There were, of course, the elephants. However, I did not manage to capture their photos because they were captured in the cage and I do not support that 😦 They are my national animals.
Last but not least, it is the Gorilla Rainforest!
At the entrance of this zone, we entered a house of the Lemurs where we were able to get real intimate with them (no touching though)
And then here comes our big boss of the zone
Throughout the end, we saw a several species of tree-top apes and monkeys which they might be waiting for you sometimes.
And that was all for the Melbourne Zoo! Hope you guys like the photos and my (trying to be) entertaining comment.
I highly recommend visiting this place if you are new to Melbourne with friends, family or even a date 😉
For more information, visit https://www.zoo.org.au/melbourne/wonder