IMMERSE yourself in the culture of Indigenous Australian and African communities at Victoria's Werribee Open Range Zoo.
The Cultural Weekends program will celebrate the rich history and practices of Indigenous Australian and African communities, and connect visitors with Zoos Victoria's vision for a future rich in wildlife.
From 11am to 3pm, alternating Saturdays and Sundays through May, visitors will be able to join in Mzuri dance and African drumming, participate in hair braiding, head wrapping and African bracelet making, make emu feather and gum nut necklaces and artworks, and enjoy storytelling sessions with Wadawurrung Elder Aunty Judy and South African musician/storyteller Valanga Khoza.
The zoo's cultural liaison Agum Maluach said it's hoped the program will inspire people of all ages through conservation stories and activities.
"We're giving our visitors the opportunity to be immersed in both cultural offerings," Ms Maluach said.
"It's a fantastic opportunity to educate our visitors about the role of wildlife and nature in the lives of both Indigenous Australian and African peoples."
Indigenous Australian cultural days are May 8, May 16, May 22 and May 30 and the African culture days are May 9, May 15, May 23 and May 29.
Entry to Cultural Weekends is included in admission.
Tickets $38 for adults and $19 for children aged 4 to 15 years. Children enter free on weekends and public holidays. Proceeds from admission go towards Zoos Victoria's efforts to fight wildlife extinction.
Book tickets at www.zoo.org.au