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Sunset Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Things to do, Walks and tours Werribee Open Range Zoo , Werribee South Saturday January 25 2020 - Sunday February 23 2020
Giraffes at Sunset Safari
Photograph: Supplied

Time Out says

Go on an African adventure and do your bit to help save rhinos

What do zoo animals get up to when all the daytime visitors have headed back to their cars? Quite a lot, it turns out, with many African animals most active at dusk. That makes Werribee Open Range Zoo's Sunset Safari the perfect time to see giraffes, rhinoceroses, elands, zebras, scimitar-horned oryxes, hippopotamuses and other incredible African animals. 

Visitors are divided up into two groups, Kipenzi and Lataba (named after two of the zoo's seven rhinos). There are three activities on the night, but the order changes by group. Everyone gets a welcome drink on arrival, after which the groups go their separate ways. 

One part of the night is an African drumming and dancing performance, which includes a workshop on how to do some of the simpler moves. A second part is an African feast, where visitors can enjoy tagine, couscous, salads and other delights, all topped off with a chocolate fountain, into which you can dip marshmallows, strawberries and meringue pieces.

The best part, and the reason for the event, is the safari itself. Visitors pile onto the safari buses and travel out to the 45-hectare open savannah section of the zoo. Sunset is the best time to see the magnificent creatures who live here, and safari guests will get to see all kinds of cool African wildlife at their most active. The luckiest group goes out at the same time as the truck that delivers their food, which is sure to bring the animals running from all corners of the savannah. 

Proceeds from the night go to the Rhino Fund Uganda, which maintains the 7,000-hectare Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda. Through efforts from conservation groups like these, the world's rhino population is growing – but several species have already gone extinct, and there are only two northern white rhinos left in the entire world. Do your bit to help save these extremely endangered animals and have an absolutely wild night at the zoo.


Venue name: Werribee Open Range Zoo
Address: K Rd
Price: $94-$105

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