For this new post I’ve chosen to go a little different and step away from the ‘epic faraway destination’ theme. The Royal Melbourne Zoo, a daytrip every visitor has to take! A short tram or train ride from the city to Parkville is the focus good reader, so I hope you enjoy.
In getting there it’s an easy drive or if you don’t care for traffic or paying for parking just take the Upfield train and hop off at Royal Park or the number 55 tram from Williams Street; the stations are skipping distance from the rear entrance. Entry fees vary but members can visit for free. The Royal Melbourne Zoo is a part of Zoos Victoria, an organisation that includes Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary.
Melbourne was the first to open an enclosure simulating African savannah for its lions (in 2015 an upgraded enclosure was opened) which influenced many other organisations around the world. Upgrades have been awarded to other exhibits containing orang-utans, seals, Asian elephants and other species with many more to come. In addition they place a strong emphasis on conservation and are working to save many species from extinction, as well as supporting groups abroad that share the same objective.
Another recollection includes the panther that’s no longer on display; I remember one visit where I saw the big cat moving through its enclosure. Can’t really explain why but this image has always resonated with me, but since the panther is no longer on display I’m usually drawn towards the other big cats.
Additionally this place isn’t just for children wanting to see wonders from around the world; in my time I’ve seen and been one of the individuals who’ve gone there with sketchbook and pencil to draw what’s on display (I would’ve done some sketches on my last photo taking venture but the heat was on) and come February visitors are welcomed to experience the Rhythm of Africa; musical performances that can liven up your evening. If that’s not enough, you can spend the night inside the walls during a Roar ‘n’ Snore experience and see the animals when they’re more active. During the day, Behind-the-scenes and Close-up encounters are available.
‘Don’t stick your finger in the aviary.’
It’s something that cannot be missed.