The Melbourne Zoo is a zoo that can be found in the city of Melbourne in Australia. It is situated within Royal Park in Parkville, which is approximately 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) to the north of Melbourne’s central business district. It is the principal zoo that serves the city of Melbourne. The zoo is reachable via the Royal Park station on the Upfield railway line, as well as via tram routes 58 and 19, as well as by cycling on the Capital City Trail. It is home to more than 320 different animal species from Australia and other parts of the world. Inside the actual zoo grounds, riders on bicycles are not permitted.
The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens is a full institutional member of both the Zoo and Aquarium Association and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Both of these organizations represent zoos and aquariums around the world.
The zoo is located in an area that features flower gardens as well as picnic spaces. Many of the animals are now classified according to the bioclimatic zones in which they are found. These bioclimatic zones include the African rainforest (also known as the “Gorilla Rainforest”), which is home to gorillas and lemurs; the Asian rainforest (also known as the “Trail of the Elephants”), which is home to elephants, orangutans, tigers, and otters; and the Australian bush, which is home to kangaroos, koal In addition, there is the “Butterfly House,” the “Reptile House,” the “Great Flight Aviary,” the “Wild Sea,” “Treetop Apes and Monkeys,” and the “Lion Gorge.”
The zoo has a sizable area devoted to schools and receives a considerable number of school groups as visitors each year. Its education program, which is very well attended, inspires young people to care about animal welfare.
It is possible for guests to view historical enclosures, such as the heritage-listed Elephant House, which has been renovated and adapted for use by customers who have paid to spend the night in tents located within the zoo during the popular Roar and Snore evenings. Visitors can also observe other historical enclosures, such as the Tiger House, which has also been renovated. Evening tours led by knowledgeable camp hosts provide visitors the opportunity to observe some of the nocturnal species that live at the zoo during these special evening events.
In October of 1857, the Zoological Society of Victoria was established with the intention of bringing in plants and animals from other parts of the world. The Richmond Paddock was the location of the institution’s earliest animal collections. The group became known as the “Acclimatisation Society of Victoria” in the year 1861 when it underwent a name change.
On October 6, 1862, the organization inaugurated a new Melbourne Zoo in Royal Park on land that had been provided by the City of Melbourne. The area was around 55 acres (22 ha) in size. The London Zoo served as inspiration for the design of Melbourne Zoo.
In the beginning, the importance of the zoo lay in its ability to acclimate domestic animals that had just arrived in Australia after a protracted journey. After the hiring of Albert Alexander Cochrane Le Souef in 1870 as the zoo’s director, additional exotic species were obtained for public display, and gardens and picnic places were established. The Society also changed its name in 1870 to the “Zoological and Acclimatisation Society of Victoria,” and in 1910 it was given the prefix “Royal.”
Queenie the elephant was one of the most well-known attractions at the zoo from the early 1900s through the 1940s.
Around the middle of the 1930s, the Society began to experience financial difficulties. In response, the Zoological Gardens Act of 1936 was enacted, and the following year, in 1937, the Zoological Board of Victoria was given the responsibility of running the zoo on behalf of the state government.
In the year 1989, a man of 35 years old passed away after entering a lion’s enclosure and being largely devoured by the animal.
Mali, the first elephant calf born in the Melbourne Zoo, was welcomed on January 15th, 2010. This is the second baby elephant to be born in Australia, with the previous one arriving in July 2009 near Sydney. As well as being the first calf to be born as a result of artificial insemination, Mali is Australia’s first female calf to be born there.
In 2012, the Melbourne Zoo celebrated its first 150 years of operation, and Australia Post honored this occasion by releasing a collector’s edition of stamps dedicated to Australian Zoos in September of that same year.
In the beginning of 2018, the Zoo opened a new carnivores route after finishing building on it.
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