Ever since I started spending more time in Melbourne, visiting the zoo has been at the top of the list. I love animals, and I love visiting Zoos and Wildlife Parks. The last time I went to Melbourne Zoo, I would have been around 12, and the only thing I remember is seeing a Gorilla.
The above are Peccaries, and I can’t remember seeing them before! They are the first animal I was greeted too when entering the Zoo through the entrance near the train track. They were all kinds of adorable and when I came home to look up more info on them, I wasn’t surprised they are related to some of my other favourite animals, Tapirs & Hippos!
The Baboons were rather amusing! Two of the younger one were chasing each other around with a branch. They were moved into this huge exhibit at the end of 2011, and the young ones especially enjoyed the space to run around!
We arrived at the Zoo around 9:30am and it was so quiet! Not many people had ventured out yet so it felt like we had the zoo to ourselves for the first hour or so. Not to mention most of the animals had just been fed, so it was a great way to make sure you seem them!
The Zebra‘s shared an exhibit along with the giraffes! They had 3 giraffes on display and this one was having the time of it’s life trying to get at the tree despite it being covered in plastic. You can just see it’s tongue sticking out in this picture!
Ahh, the rainbow lorikeets! I’m no stranger to these beauties, I get them in my backyard in Sydney, and one loves to sit just outside my bedroom window and chatter away! The large walk through aviary was amazing!
Wombat! I wish I had had my Mum’s good digital SLR, this little dude (or dudette) walked right along to the tip of one of the areas and then came along right up to the side of the exhibit. It kept looking straight at us! I love wombats and often forget how big they are!
The walk through area of Kangaroos and Emus are pretty much at every zoo, but always fun. It was great seeing an Emu and Kangaroo just chilling next to each other sharing food. I really would recommend you get up early and see the animals when they’ve just been fed, it’s kind of adorable!
Another animal I had never heard of, and kind of fell in love with was the Coati! Sadly, none of my pictures turned out. They are a relative of the Racoon, but have an almost fox like quality about them! Next time I’m at the zoo I’m going to time it so that I can do one of the Zoo Encounters!
A gorgeous Peter Pan statue makes a feature on the grounds. As such a huge Peter Pan fan this made me squee with delight!