Today we visited the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
This African-themed zoo sits on 560 acres in Werribee Park, which is about 20 miles outside of Melbourne. The highlight is the Safari Tour, which lasts about 40 minutes and gives a nice view of hippos, rhinos, giraffes, camels, and several kinds of antelope.
The Werribee Zoo also features three walking trails where you can see carnivorous animals such as cheetah, lions, and monkeys, as well as some natives like emus and kangaroos, and there are lots of birds.
What’s especially nice about the Werribee Zoo is that it is a conservation park. Some of the species housed are near extinction and there is a breeding program for many of them.
Another cool thing is the Beads for Wildlife program. The gift shop sells beaded necklaces and bracelets made by women in Africa and the income goes to help villages with food, medicine, clothing, and education. I bought a pretty multi-colored bead necklace.
About the images: Some are mine and some were taken by Theo (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).