Victoria’s Werribee Open Range Zoo has an entire wilderness full of great activities for the kids this coming school holidays.
The heat is scorching and a tingling sensation of anticipation is running through your body. You’re waiting patiently, from a distance, in silence, to watch the next movement of a fierce female lion who stays hidden from a herd of zebras in the tall dry grass. She’s slowly creeping up on the unsuspecting herd. Leaping out, she attacks and brings down a kill, then methodically feasts on her lunch . . .
You don’t have to fly all the way to Africa to experience that adrenaline rush – it can all be found here in Australia, at Victoria’s Werribee Open Range Zoo, located just 30 minutes southwest of Melbourne. Although, of course, the animals at Werribee are much friendlier and are all well trained – it will remain an unforgettable experience to enjoy the sight of lions, giraffes and hippos roaming free in surrounds so similar to their natural habitat.
Better yet, the Zoo will be a great place to take the kids during these July school holidays, since they’re offering three great programs for $55 per person: On The Prowl, Croaking Critters and Zoo Explorers – giving kids of all ages a chance to go behind the scenes and get hands-on animal experience.
These all-day Zoo Adventures between July 2 and July 11 are not only fun and exciting but also educational as kids will be able to learn about the animals (for example, which animal can swallow prey seven times the size of its own head? What animal is vegetarian and yet is even more dangerous than a lion?), as well as a variety of conservation issues.