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Corporate entry Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens (1977 - )

Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Conservation or Environment, Collection Management and Veterinary or Animal Health Industries
Elliott Avenue, Parkville, Victoria 3052


The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens can trace their history back to 1862, when the Melbourne Zoological Gardens were established at the Royal Park site in 1862. The Zoo was granted royal charter in 1977. In 2002 the Zoo houses over 350 species and is situated on a 55 acre site.

Published resources


  • De Courcy, Catherine, The Zoo Story, Penguin, Ringwood, Victoria, 1995, 290 pp. Details
  • De Courcy, Catherine, Evolution of a Zoo: a History of the Melbourne Zoological Gardens, 1857-1900, Quiddlers Press, Auburn, 2003, 90 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Gillbank, Linden, 'A Paradox of Purposes: Acclimatization Origins of The Melbourne Zoo', in R. J. Hoage and William A. Deiss (eds), New Worlds, New Animals: From Menagerie to Zoological Park in the Nineteenth Century, John Hopkins University Press in association with the National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Inst., Baltimore/London, 1996, pp. 73-85. Details
  • McEvey, Allan, 'Le Souef, Albert Alexander Cochrane (1828-1902), pioneer and director of the Zoological Gardens, Melbourne', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 5, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1974, pp. 80-81. Also available at Details

Online Resources

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