Checked into Werribee Open Range Zoo
Went to Werribee Open Range Zoo for the . There are the usual Post-COVID changes, such as 1.5m and sanitisation stations. However, the biggest changes were in relation to ‘enrichment’ and choice. There seems to have been a change in ethos and language. As we did the tour, there were things like spikey balls for the ostriches or sand for the rhinoceroses. It was explained that these were provided to improve their lives. Additionally, there was a lot of discussion around not forcing animals to do anything. Instead, they were incentivised to do what was best for them, such as being given a treat for coming when called. I am sure that some of these approaches are not necessarily new, but the explicit choice in language does represent a significant change in my opinion.
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We’ve set up a few live stream cameras from Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo, so you can enjoy the zoo from anywhere.

See Melbourne Zoo’s three baby Snow Leopard cubs as they play under mum’s watchful eye in their den. Enjoy the penguins as they go about their busy day; look up high and spot the giraffes as they spend most of the day eating; and check out the lazy lions of Werribee Open Range Zoo as they lord over their very own Pride Rock.

Can’t see them? That’s because our animals live in areas that are much bigger than what a camera can capture and they have the choice to wander wherever they please. Check back in later to spot them.