Skip to content
Artists impression Werribee Open Range Zoo - cafe view

The Werribee Open Range Zoo expansion project marks a major milestone, with Australian company Fairbrother appointed to deliver the works on the 21-hectare Asian elephant habitat, which will house the new herd that will be relocated from Melbourne Zoo.

They will also commence work on a pedestrian walking trail and viewing area as part of the Victorian Government’s $88 million project. 

Last year Fairbrother celebrated 50 years in construction and have worked to deliver major projects in Victoria including Werribee Police Complex and Bendigo GovHub.

Development Victoria is proud to be delivering the purpose-built 21-hectare elephant habitat, in partnership with Zoos Victoria which is expected to be complete and ready for its new residents in 2024.

The project was designed by award-winning Victorian landscape architecture practice TCL and prioritises animal welfare while providing an immersive experience that connects more visitors with Zoos Victoria’s work to fight animal extinction.

Expanding Werribee Open Range Zoo will also provide a significant boost for the local economy with the creation of 118 jobs.

Once complete, Werribee Open Range Zoo’s redevelopment is expected to contribute more than $17.8 million annually to Victoria’s economy.

Updated on 26 May 2023