Oldest Zoo

Date of Record: 06/10/1862

Melbourne Zoo, modeled on the famous London zoo is Australia's oldest zoo. It was opened on 6 October 1862 at the Royal Park site of 55-acre (22 ha) on land donated by the City of Melbourne. Prior to the zoo opening, the animals were housed at the botanical gardens in Melbourne.

In the beginning the zoo was focused on the importance of the acclimatisation of domestic animals, recovering from their long trip to Australia. Changes were made with the appointment of Albert Alexander Cochrane Le Souef in 1870, with the delivery of more exotic animals for public display, and the the development of garden and picnic areas.