The new enclosure houses three African Lion bachelors, four African Wild Dogs and a female Philippines Crocodile, which still hasn’t taken up her new residence from the Reptile House.
Lion Gorge has been designed around the theme of a waterhole, where different wildlife to gathering to drink, although each of the animal groups are separated. Much like the zoo’s orang-utan area, the lion enclosure has floor to ceiling windows which means you can safely get right up close to the animals.
The outdoor space also includes a huge Moreton Bay fig tree providing much welcome shade and a small water play area with spurting fountains behind a very realistic crocodile sculpture.
Inside the airy pavilion/lion viewing area you can also see other small predators such as carnivorous water beetles and praying mantis.
Lion Gorge isn’t just about looking at the animals. You can design beadwork that can help to protect lions in the wild, pretend to search for prey through a series of challenges and learn what it’s like to work with local communities to find and protect crocodile hatchlings.
In addition to the opening of Lion Gorge, for the summer holidays Melbourne Zoo have transformed Main Drive into a gallery of wildlife photography and presenters in the excellent Keeper Kids indoor play space will be telling stories and running special activities with bite!
Don’t forget, kids are free every weekend, Victorian Government school holidays and public holidays.