Melbourne Zoo was Australia’s first zoo opening in 1862. Outside of the historic zone along the Main Drive, the Zoo has changed dramatically over the past 145 years with new developments such as Trail of the Elephants, the Orang-utan Sanctuary and the Water Recycling Plant.
With more than 320 species on view, Melbourne Zoo offers a window into the diversity of the world’s wildlife. Visiting the Zoo is an opportunity to get back in touch with the wonders of nature – only 4km from the city centre.
Every animal at Melbourne Zoo is an ambassador for its wild cousins, and there are many education, research, and conservation projects underway. The botanic garden setting provides a relaxing atmosphere with a variety of landscapes, from the Victorian-era formality of the main drive to the lush jungles of the African and Asian rainforest areas.