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Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Rd, Werribee South 
Wadawurrung Country 

Zoos Victoria
Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action


Funded by the Victorian Government, the Werribee Open Range Zoo Expansion will deliver a world-class experience, with a purpose-built elephant habitat to house Zoos Victoria’s Asian elephant herd that will be relocated from Melbourne Zoo, and expanded facilities including pedestrian pathway trail, viewing area overlooking the elephant pools and landscapes for priority conservation species.

Development Victoria is delivering the new elephant habitat and waterhole trail in partnership with Zoos Victoria.

The project will create 118 jobs and, when complete, Werribee Open Range Zoo’s expansion is expected to contribute more than $17.8 million annually to Victoria’s economy.

As a not-for-profit conservation organisation, the Werribee Open Range Zoo Expansion will allow Zoos Victoria to connect more visitors with animals in a meaningful way and educate a larger audience about fighting extinction. 

118 new local jobs

1,000,000 visitors a year once complete

$88M Victorian Government investment


Development Victoria acknowledges the Wadawurrung people as the Traditional Custodians of the land.

Updated on 26 May 2023