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Wild things happen at Werribee Zoo after dark

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THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES: Werribee Open Range Zoo has a very different look and feel when the sun goes down.

THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES: Werribee Open Range Zoo has a very different look and feel when the sun goes down.

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Experience African wildlife closer to home on a Sunset Safari at Werribee Zoo.

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Hear the roars, growls and cries of the African savannah at night in a visit to Werribee Open Range Zoo.

The zoo's immersive after-hours wildlife experience, Sunset Safari, runs until March 13.

The adventure gives visitors the chance to experience nature and the outdoors on the zoo's luminous open plains at sunset.

In the evenings, visitors will learn about fighting wildlife extinction while in the presence of some famous animals including rhinoceros, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, lions and hippopotamus.

Sunset Safari is held from 5.30pm to 9pm every Saturday until March 13. Entry includes:

  • admission to a small-group safari bus and intimate experience with a safari guide
  • after-hours access to the sights, smells and sounds of the zoo's savannah, at a time of day where many animals tend to be most active
  • an authentic performance of drums, song and dance to the rhythm and soul of Africa
  • food package options of cocktails, canapes, a traditional African braai barbecue or a la carte dining.

Proceeds help Zoos Victoria support its international conservation partner Rhino Fund Uganda in its efforts to save the Southern white rhino from extinction.

Rhinos are under dire threat from illegal poaching due to an escalating demand for rhino horn. It's estimated three African rhinos are killed every day, and fewer than 20,000 southern white rhinos remain in the wild.

Rhino Fund Uganda aims to recover the country's population of rhinos and reintroduce the species to Uganda following their extinction in the region in the 1980s.

Sunset Safari costs $79 for adults and $49 for children. To book or for more information visit visit www.zoo.org.au/sunsetsafari

The enchanting, must-see safari adventure gives visitors the chance to experience nature and the outdoors on the Zoo's luminous open plains at sunset, and will run for six weeks from February 6-March 13.

Proceeds from Sunset Safari help Zoos Victoria support international conservation partner, Rhino Fund Uganda, in their efforts to save the Southern white rhino from extinction.

Because of the pandemic, things will be a little different this year. Visitor numbers are capped and all tickets must be pre-purchased online. Food and drink packages are sold separately and can be pre-booked or bought on the night.

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