Meet a rhino - then help save the species - at Werribee Open Range Zoo
The Werribee Open Range Zoo has just launched Rhinos Revealed, a new opportunity for visitors to get close to magnificent rhinoceroses while inspiring them to help save the species.
A behind-the-scenes adventure designed to thrill even the most intrepid animal adventurers, Rhinos Revealed offers guests the chance to see several rhinos in the picturesque wide open plains of the ‘Lower Savannah’ before venturing off-limits to get up close and personal in a new purpose-built close encounter area.
The intimate experience allows visitors to stand on the ground beside the incredible creatures, thanks to a specially-designed barrier to ensure safe, unobstructed viewing.
In other zoo news, visitors to Melbourne Zoo’s Tiger Exhibit will now be able to meet four super-cute three-month-old Sumatran tiger cubs. The litter – which comprises of two females (Rani, Indrah) and two males (Hutan and Aceh) – made its first public appearance last month following the cubs vaccinations against cat flu and feline enteritis.
Sumatran tigers are the most endangered of the surviving tiger sub-species. Only an estimated 300 survive in their native rainforest habitat which is rapidly disappearing due to expansion of palm oil plantations.
Melbourne Zoo is calling for community support to reduce the use of unsustainably-produced palm oil in Australian consumer goods. The online petition advocating change in food labelling legislation to help consumers identify products using palm oil can be found at: www.zoo.org.au/palmoil
For more information visit Zoos Victoria website: www.zoo.org.au