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HOT: Lion Gorge, Melbourne Zoo, Parkville

Lion Gorge is a revamp of Melbourne Zoo’s popular Lion Park. The new enclosure houses three African Lion bachelors, four African Wild Dogs and a female Philippines Crocodile.

Lion Gorge Melbourne Zoo

Lion Gorge is designed around the theme of a waterhole, where different wildlife to gathering to drink, although each of the animal groups is 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.

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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 extends into the Carnivores Trail with more of the Zoo’s top-order predators and some of the world’s most powerful carnivores.

Don’t forget, kids are free every weekend, Victorian Government school holidays and public holidays.

For more things to do at Melbourne Zoo – check out my reviews of Carnivores Trail and Keeper Kids.

Click here for more things to do in Melbourne with babies and toddlers

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

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

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