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Corporate entry Melbourne Zoological Gardens (c. 1857 - 1977)

c. 1857
Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Conservation or Environment and Veterinary or Animal Health Industries
Elliott Avenue, Parkville, Victoria 3052


The Melbourne Zoological Gardens were established at the Royal Park site in 1862, but had previously been located in Richmond, on the banks of the Yarra River. The development of a collection of exotic species began in the 1870s. Originally the animals were housed in old circus cages, followed by wooden houses, and later brick enclosures with cast iron bars. The modernisation of the Zoo began in the 1960s, with the old enclosures being replaced by larger, more open exhibits. The Zoo was granted royal charter in 1977.


 c. 1857 - 1977 Melbourne Zoological Gardens
       1977 - Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens

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Published resources


  • De Courcy, Catherine, Evolution of a Zoo: a History of the Melbourne Zoological Gardens, 1857-1900 (Auburn: Quiddlers Press, 2003), 90 pp. Details

Book Sections

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


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