Meet the Animals in the Zoo!
The Melbourne Zoo contains more than 350 species of animals from Australia and around the world, and is only located 4 km from the centre of the city and spread over 55 acres a huge site for being so close to the town centre. We tend to end up down there once a year, there are always plenty of changes, from strolling through the Asian and African rain forests spectacular trails, home to seven Asiatic elephants including two youngsters, Mali and Ongard, born in 2010, has a village, tropical gardens, and a swimming pool. And nearby tigers roam through the trees and monkeys swing from the branches, to the most visited Orang-utan Sanctuary, you can visit the orang-utans in their treetop home. Walk the elevated boardwalk and watch them behave as they would in the wild: climbing, swinging, nesting and feeding high off the ground.
Verdant gardens and open-environment animal enclosures are hallmarks of this 150 year old world-renowned zoo, a lion park, reptile house, and butterfly pavilion where more than 1,000 butterflies flutter through the rain-forest setting are on site. Plenty of attractions and a top day out, with plenty of places to sit relax and dine at the same time. Now I heard on TV Melbourne Zoo has lost one of its long time and most loved residents, with the death of Rigo the Silverback Gorilla, I use to love seeing him as you’d come face to face with him and all that separated you and Rigo was a huge reinforced glass he was always intimidating even though I am 6’4″ he still made me look small, I would of hate coming face to face with him in the wild.
Zoo staff believed the 42-year-old gorilla died of a heart attack and a post mortem will be carried, he was of the star attractions of the zoo, Rigo was reintegrated into the gorilla group at the Melbourne Zoo in 2007, after spending 16 solitary years in his own enclosure.
The Zoo is one of 150 zoological institutions worldwide participating in a survival breeding program for Western Lowland Gorillas