Wildlife Wonder at Werribee

September 17th, 2007   •   10 comments   

To satisfy my child Ethan’s creature cravings, we decided to drive up to nearby Werribee at Melbourne to check out their famous Werribee Open Range Zoo. Modelled after an African-styled savanna grassland, it offered a different wildlife experience for those keen to see more animals in a natural habitat beyond your usual marsupial suspects.

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Look out for hippos up ahead!

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Entrance to the Werribee Zoo beckons visitors to walk in. Definitely a lot simpler than our own Singapore Zoo.

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A throng of primary school kids having fun at the playground.

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Quirky signages like this “snake” add to the charm of walking in the well manicured landscape.

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Just like these thematic warning notices. Actually, one needn’t be afraid of the lions and hippos as they were safely enclosed. Instead, the real danger came from…

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…This free ranging, vicious, man-eating rooster! Believe it or not, it followed us for at least 100 metres pecking furiously.

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A map of the reserve tells us where the different animal highlights are.

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Yet another funny sign.

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We were supposed to take this safari bus for our tour originally, but somehow one of the windows were broken. Gulp…. don’t tell me the animals are that wild?

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Fortunately, our fears were unfounded. Here’s a hippopotamus happily grazing. Do you know that they are more deadly than lions in Africa? Those huge jaws can do real harm.

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Handsome herd of Mongolian wild horses standing serenely.

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A one-humped Dromedary camel having its lunch. In case you do not already know, that hump is actually full of fat and not water.

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A family of rhinoceruses striking a pose.

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Not to be outdone is this young giraffee enjoying the cool morning weather.

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Of course, them pesky humans also need to get into the act. Say Cheeseee!

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10 comments

  1. imp
    posted on Sep 18, 2007 at 11:13 AM

    it’s so cool that your son gets to see all these! and hopefully, he remembers as he grows older and will be more in touch with our environment, animals and nature. we so lack that in singapore.

    most of us have never see animals close-up. except in zoos. the lucky ones get to go to the african safaris and see it up close and personal.

  2. posted on Sep 18, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    imp,

    True true. We made a silent pledge in our hearts that as much as possible, we should try to see the natural wonders of the world before they are all gone. And that is happening so quickly. Every time I read the papers, I grieve over the alarming news that yet another species have disappeared or that the arctic ice caps are melting.

  3. posted on Sep 20, 2007 at 4:29 AM

    Oooo… this Werribee Zoo looks fun. It seems big too. How long would it take one to finish the whold tour? Are there tram rides to all the exhibits?

  4. posted on Sep 21, 2007 at 3:04 AM

    In these bird flu days, the real danger may come from the innocuous-looking rooster instead of the snakes, lions and hippos put together.

  5. posted on Sep 21, 2007 at 3:36 AM

    Big Zoo.. not like what we have in Malaysia. Lousy zoo..

  6. posted on Sep 22, 2007 at 12:15 AM

    Such a nice platform for kids to learn…and adults too.

  7. posted on Sep 22, 2007 at 2:00 AM

    eastcoastlife,

    It looks pretty big but they don’t have that many animals. Which I guess may be more natural and for the beasts compared to the one at Bangkok (Safari World) which was teeming with animals.

  8. posted on Sep 22, 2007 at 2:01 AM

    victor,

    Haha… good point there. And it was rather fierce too!

  9. posted on Sep 22, 2007 at 2:06 AM

    keeyit,

    I haven’t been to those in Malaysia so can’t quite tell. How many do you guys have?

  10. posted on Sep 22, 2007 at 2:10 AM

    tigerfish,

    Yeah, we certainly enjoyed our visit there… Good for children of all ages and the weather was FAB!

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