Exciting times at Werribee Open Range Zoo this summer, because the zoo's newest additions have now ventured out on public display!
Lazy Sundays are not a thing in our household. With work all week for the hubby and then work for me on a Saturday, Sundays are a go for us, and that's why last Sunday we decided to head out to try and get a look at the new lion cubs over at Werribee Open Range Zoo. A fantastic day out I must say. As zoo members, we have been several times, but it never gets boring.
If you’re having a slow start (like we did on Sunday) don’t let it put you off. We packed a lunch and hit the road the wrong side of lunch time but we still managed an awesome afternoon out.
Sadly, we didn’t manage to see the beautiful new cubs as they were resting out of sight (lion cub viewing times at this stage, are presently in the morning), however we did catch a ride on the safari bus, always a winner with my children.
You could think you were in Africa when you’re out there in the 'Savannah' at Werribee Zoo. We were so lucky to be so close to the animals. The cheekiest of them all had to be the giraffes, who came closer than I’ve ever seen.
Then a mischievous hippopotamus decided to have a little lie down in front of the bus, causing a bit of a delay. The kids found it hilarious. As well as the giraffes and hippos we saw plenty of other animals including zebras, rhinos, addax, bison, przewalski’s horses (please don’t ask me to pronounce that) and so many more. The bus ride in itself was fun and the driver gave a fun and informative commentary as we went along.
The zoo itself is a great place to go on a warm, sunny day, as there are plenty of shaded areas and drinking taps, plus pleasant cafes and restaurants.
The meerkat cafe is a delight! You can watch the busy little meerkats foraging around in their enclosure, right beside where you eat. This is a big hit with the kids.
We have never actually visited the Werribee mansion, so that is certainly something we plan to do on our next visit. Werribee Open Range Zoo is a mere 35-minute drive from the CBD (give or take a little with traffic). Perfect day out for kids (and adults) of all ages.
Lion Cub Viewing at Werribee Zoo
Born on 13 December 2016 to mum Nairibi and dad Johari, four Lion cubs are out for short bursts of playtime during the day.
At this stage staff expect that there will a morning viewing each day, but times may vary due to the cubs’ need to rest and to spend time in the dens getting to know the rest of the pride.
As the cubs continue to grow, these viewing times will be extended.