Kate Pearce has the best job at the Melbourne Zoo in winter – looking after the beautiful creatures in the always-balmy Butterfly House.
As the Senior Invertebrates Keeper, Kate rarely feels the winter chills at work because the Butterfly House stays at about 28C all year round – one of her top five reasons for visiting the zoo in winter.
Healesville Sanctuary’s Wine and Wildlife Weekend over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (June 11-13) will be a chance to sample some of the Yarra Valley’s best produce which visiting the new Koala Forest. Local wines, beers, and ciders, chocolate, and cheese will all be available to sample and buy.
Wild Nights at Werribee Open Range Zoo will run from June 28 to July 9 from 5:30-8:30pm. The stunning Serval under the Stars presentation will give visitors a new understanding of this beautiful African small cat, and the Bistro will be open for snacks and meals, plus hot chocolate or even mulled wine. Explore trails by torchlight and meet some nocturnal animals.
3. Shadowfax and the Savannah
Enjoy an off-road safari across the Savannah at the Werribee Open Range Zoo, getting up close to the giraffes and wildlife in an open vehicle. Then visit neighbouring Shadowfax Winery for the second part of the package, which includes a two-course lunch and a glass of wine.
4. Enjoy winter animals
Rug up to enjoy seeing the native species adapted to our winter, such as the seals and penguins, or the exotic species who also enjoy winter, such as the snow leopards and red pandas. Relax in the Lakeside Café for lunch or treat yourself to a yummy hot pie, pasty or other goodie straight from the Zoo Bakery.
5. Butterfly House
Last but not least, don’t forget the Butterfly House, a beautiful space kept at about 28C year round, which means it’s also a cool spot on scorching summer days. It’s also perfect in the middle of winter – like a trip to the tropics.
For more information on events at the Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary, check out the Zoos Victoria website.