Ever thought about getting up-close to one of the largest mammals on earth? Now’s your chance, with Werribee Open Range Zoo offering a unique and exciting opportunity to get so close to the giant creature that you can even touch it. By Anna Hager We are talking about the magnificent rhinoceros here. They have existed on earth for more than 50 million years and can weigh up to around 3000 kg. Needless to say, they are truly awe inspiring animals, which we can usually only few from a safe distance in zoos or on safaris.

But, in this new intimate ‘Rhinos revealed’ viewing experience at Werribee Open Range Zoo, you’ll be able to not only see rhinos graze in the picturesque settings of the Lower Savannah, but also get the opportunity to stand right next to one, to meet and even touch it.

All this of course happens in a purpose-built close encounter area, which ensures you’ll be enjoying this incredible animal unobstructed and in complete safety.

But, in this new intimate ‘Rhinos revealed’ viewing experience at Werribee Open Range Zoo, you’ll be able to not only see rhinos graze in the picturesque settings of the Lower Savannah, but also get the opportunity to stand right next to one, to meet and even touch it.

There are a few things you should know about these awesome animals before you go. First, when rhinos sprint they can get up to a speed of 45 kilometers per hour, quite fast, considering their size. Second, if you come across a group of rhinos they are called a ‘crash’. Third, they can live up to the age of 60. Lastly, their horns are made of keratin, the protein hair and fingernails are made of, and that’s why they have been hunted by humans to near extinction.

Werribee Open Range Zoo director Sally Lewis says that this encounter has been designed to thrill and amaze visitors and to inspire them to take action to help save this threatened species.

Of course there are plenty of other animals like African wild dogs, giraffes, hippos, lions, meerkats and zebras roaming the 225 hectares of wide, open savannah as well. So why not get your taste of an African adventure just 30 mins from Melbourne’s city centre.

Details //  Rhinos revealed
Where //  Werribee Open Range Zoo, 30mins from Melbourne
When //  Now
Contact //  1300 ZOOS VIC
How much //  Adults $70; Concession (healthcare, student or pension card) $60; Children (aged 8-15) $50

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