Melbourne Zoo Live Cams
Located just 2.5 miles north of Melbourne and home to over 320 species from across Australia and around the world Melbourne Zoo is a member of the “umbrella” organization known as the World Association of Zoos as well as the Zoo and Aquarium Association.
Using the Royal Park station on the Upfield railway line visitors can access the zoo as well as via tram routes 55 and 19, and bicycle on the Capital City Trail.
Interesting Facts About Melbourne Zoo
• Notably Australia’s oldest zoo, and modeled on London Zoo, Melbourne Zoo was first opened in 1862. Before being relocated to the zoo many of the zoo’s animals were formerly housed at Melbourne’s botanical gardens.
• Melbourne Zoo was initially designated as a facility used for the acclimatization of domestic animals recovering from their long trip to Australia. However it was only in 1870 following the appointment of Albert Alexander Cochrane Le Souef that several exotic species were acquired for public exhibit as well as the development of gardens and picnic areas.
• Besides viewing the historic and renovated Elephant House featuring famous elephant Queenie, visitors to the Melbourne Zoo can experience the zoo’s Roar and Snore evenings and use overnight tents to participate in guided tours held by zookeepers to see many of the zoos nocturnal animals.
• Many of the animals housed at the zoo are organized into three bioclimatic zones: African rainforest housing gorillas, hippos, mandrills, parrots and pigmy; the Asian Rainforest known for it’s otters, tigers and two small aviaries for Asian birds; and the Australian bush zone which houses echidnas, emu, endangered hairy nose wombats, kangaroos and a number of small aviaries. Other popular attractions at the zoo include a flight aviary, a walk-through exhibit for tropical butterflies, and a trail of elephants exhibit featuring five Asian elephants.
• Despite growing controversy concerning their safety Melbourne Zoo was the recipient of three new Asian elephants from Thailand.
• Melbourne Zoo featuring a large education center and popular educational programs aimed at encouraging animal conservation among young children caters annually to a large number of school visitors.
• In 2008 a report of animal cruelty at the Melbourne Zoo was published by the Fairfax Media owned daily newspaper, The Age.
• In 2009 the zoo completed its new seal enclosure.
• In 2010 Melbourne Zoo welcomed the birth its first elephant calf and the second elephant calf born in Australia.
• In 2012 Melbourne Zoo celebrated 150 years of operation. The event was commemorated in an Australian Zoos collector’s edition of stamps released by Australia Post.
• Representing an orangutan rehabilitation sanctuary in Sumatra, Melbourne Zoo’s Orangutan Sanctuary includes three enclosures featuring a rotating exhibit consisting of two families of orangutans.
• Melbourne Zoo Great Flight Aviary features a boardwalk through through the zoo’s three bioregions where visitors can view various bird species including, brolga, red-tailed black cockatoos, electus parrots, southern cassowaries, and royal spoonbills.
• Melbourne Zoo Savannah exhibit houses giraffes, African helmeted guineafowl, ostriches and zebras.
• Melbourne Zoo’s Lion Park located adjacent to the African hunting dog exhibit features four male lions.
Melbourne Australia Zoo Webcams
Australia zoo webcams offers online viewers live video from taken several zoo exhibits. Click on the link below to watch a live stream of their Pygmy Hippo Cam featuring Obi a young male hippo with his mother Petre and father Felix at one of the Pygmy Hippo pools at the Melbourne Zoo rainforest.
View Melbourne zoo live cam at Video Camera 1.
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