On June 1 2020, Melbourne Zoos will open again as the Covid lockdown begins to ease.
The Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary will all reopen their gates on Monday, June 1 from 9am.
“The total number of visitors allowed per zoo will be increased gradually to allow animals to become used to visitors and to ensure that directions on open space per visitor of four square metres and gatherings are respected,” said a statement from Zoos Victoria.
The full details of the Melbourne Zoo openings
We don’t need to tell you that the world has changed over the past few months, but we do want to thank you for your ongoing support while our zoos were shut. We cannot express how lovely it was to receive so many messages of support, donations to keep fighting wildlife extinction and emails from members who have been watching Animals at Home.
Now that we’re opening again, here’s what you need to know about visiting your zoos.
Everyone, including babies, must have an online ticket before visiting – this includes Zoo Members
We’ll update our website later this week once online tickets are available.
It’s going to feel a little bit like your own private zoo for a while as visitor numbers are limited
This is for both our visitors and members. The current numbers are:
- Healesville Sanctuary: 1500 visitors per day
- Melbourne Zoo: 2000 visitors per day
- Werribee Open Range Zoo: 1000 visitors per day
While the current limits are well below the government guidelines of 4m2 per person (they’re more like 20m2), we don’t want to take any chances and are also going slow while we gradually reintroduce people to our animals’ home (aka our zoos).
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