Werribee Open Range Zoo opens a new event just ahead of the Easter school holidays, and it's all about Africa's beloved big cats.
Sadly, our lion friends are in a bit of strife in the wild, with populations diminishing due to human conflict and habitat loss.
It is estimated that there may be as few as 20,000 lions left in the wild. The voice of such a small number of lions, in a world shared with seven billion humans, is merely a faint meow than a thunderous roar.
That said, this Autumn's Learning to Roar event focuses on the majestic lions, who are resident in Melbourne's African themed zoo in the west.
Your lion and lioness cubs will learn how to prowl, pounce and roar like the King of the Jungle.
Get to see the zoo's real life lion cubs at play, meet the keepers and hear the endearing tale of How the Lion Got its Roar; an African folktale brought to life by Ghanaian musician Shabba Eshun.
In the prowl and pounce zone, your kids will learn what it takes to join a lion pride, and the important skills that cubs develop as they grow into powerful adults.
Within the indoor play space Ranger Kids, there is an opportunity to feed, bandage, x-ray and care for an extended family of toy lions. Should your child wish to be a ranger, vet or even a lion, there are plenty of dress-ups to get in character. Your children are also welcome to bring along their favourite soft toy animal, for a check up in the vet hospital.
The Learning to Roar school holiday schedule begins with the How the Lion Got its Roar performance, followed by lion-themed lawn games and a keeper talk at 11:30am.
Spend the rest of the day educating and exploring Melbourne's taste of Africa with your little people. You will find hippopotamus, zebra, giraffe, meerkat, ostrich, gorilla, African wild dogs, numerous antelope, rhinoceros, and Australian animal exhibits, and of course, the lions.
Kenya is one of the last strongholds for the lion species and during your time at Werribee Open Range Zoo, you can help African wildlife through a unique, community-based program called Beads for Wildlife.
Where: Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Rd, Werribee South
When: Daily, 25 March – 24 June Time: 9am – 5pm (last entry 3:30pm)
Cost: Entry to the Zoo is free for kids under 16 during the school holidays. Adult: $31.60