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HOT: Lion Gorge, Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Avenue, Parkville

Lion Gorge Melbourne Zoo

Lion Gorge is a revamp of Melbourne Zoo’s popular Lion Park, open just in time for the summer school holidays.

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 Melbourne Zoo

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.

Lion Gorge Melbourne Zoo

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.

Lion Gorge Melbourne Zoo

Lion Gorge Melbourne Zoo

Inside the airy pavilion/lion viewing area you can also see other small predators such as carnivorous water beetles and praying mantis.

Lion Gorge Melbourne Zoo

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.

Lion Gorge Melbourne Zoo

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.

Lion Gorge, Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Avenue, Parkville     

Open 9am to 5pm daily, including Christmas Day

Adults $30.80 for adults and free for children under 16.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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