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Werribee Open Range Zoo

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Published October 19th 2012
Werribee Open Range Zoo is in Mebourne's West just off the Princess Highway.

They have safari tours all day with zebras, giraffes, emus, camels, and rhinosauraus and many more. The zoo has an African theme featuring an African Village, Savanah Function Centre, a Slumber Safari night and a Safari shop. There are also a couple of walking trails, one that takes you to a river viewing platform and the other trail is through their African Village encountering monkeys, gorillas, crocodiles, African wild dogs and many more. Before the departure area for the tour there are meerkats behind glass on your right.

Feeding times are outlined on the board at the entrance. On the Thursday I caught one of their feeding times for the hippopotamus at 3:30pm and caught a bus tour at 2:30pm. I missed the lion feeding time at 2pm that I wanted to see the most.

The Werribee Park Zoo has a kiosk and a large bistro with a variety of cakes, sandwiches, rolls and wraps, and a variety of hot food. Further down is Chongola BBQ Area with picnic tables and plenty of space to put a picnic rug on.

Werribee Open Range Zoo walking trails are easy enough to follow with handmade signs pointing where the animals are. The lions den was interesting with a group of people taking photos and a girl studying its behaviour. The lions were interesting to see with them posing for their Indian visitors and for their threatening behaviours.

Off to the hippopotamus feeding time with three hippopotamus eating hay and being shown on television to accommodate larger numbers of people. The hippopotamus are cautious of cameras that you find even people around you tend to protect them. The hippopotamus natural habitat is in swampy areas in the forests of Western Africa. The ones I saw feeding were common hippopotamus, they are found in shallow waters and grassland areas and are much bigger in size.

Another part of the zoo is the Volcanic Plains trail where you will find Australias native animals such as the emus, Wallabies, and kangaroos. Other attractions are Toddler Tuesday where they can enjoy Safari tours and dance to African songs at the African Village and an Open Vehicle adventure. Werribee Open Range Zoo have many more attractions and is one of the Zoos Victoria. The other Zoos are Melbourne Zoo and the other is Healesville Sanctuary.
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Why? It's an African Safari in Melbourne
When: 9:00am to 5:00pm every day of the year
Where: Werribee Zoo, Werribee, Vic
Cost: Adults: $26.10, Children $12.90
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