My first memories of Werribee Zoo are from a primary school trip. We went on a school trip to the zoo, on a private safari, learning about Africa, its animals and singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”.
The lion sleeps tonight!
Who doesn’t love that song? Definitely the song to listen to on the car drive to Werribee Zoo, along with the Madagascar soundtrack!
Ever since that visit, I’ve been fascinated with African animals, and whenever there is a Discovery Channel show about African safari animals, I’m there glued to the TV. But watching TV can only get you so far, so it’s time to head over to Werribee Open Range Zoo (if you’re in Adelaide, check out the post on Monarto Zoo). Werribee Open Range Zoo is the answer to your dreams of a safari that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. It’s only about 30 minutes out of the city, an easy day trip from anywhere in Melbourne.
Once you get to the zoo and have your tickets (either purchased online or at the zoo) then get ready for an exciting day of safariing. The free safari tour takes you around the open range zoo, taking about 40 minutes from start to finish. Alternatively, you can hop-on and hop-off the safari bus and look at some of the other enclosures along the way. We spent the whole day here, and it’s pretty easy to do that with all the keeper talks to get to.
If you have littlies, then the safari bus keeps everyone from getting tired and very happy with all the really cool animals through the exhibits emulating the grasslands of Asia, North America and Africa. On the safari bus the very enthusiastic guides provide live commentary and will stop when they see a great spot to take photos of animals or to share an interesting fact.
As a lover of zoos, I have been to Werribee multiple times now. I’ve taken along friends and families who have come to visit from overseas and interstate, and they always love it. Like Melbourne Zoo, it’s one of my favourite places in Melbourne.
Go along to the zoo and enjoy a great day out with your friends and family. You’ll be supporting Zoos Victoria to keep critically endangered animals from extinction, endangered animals from being marked as critically endangered, and educating the public about the small things they can do to make a big difference!
I have a dream to head off to Africa on a real safari through the Serengeti National Park, through Rwanda to visit the gorillas and so many other places, to be honest I’ve already planned the trip! 🙂 Visiting Werribee will satisfy me until I get to the Serengeti.
By supporting zoos, and gaining an understanding of conservation and the small things we can do to save these majestic animals, they might still be around for future generations to visit and enjoy outside of zoos!
Happy Trip Avenging!