Jul 13, 2011

Wild Nights at the Zoo

Aren't they pretty?
They are spectacular lights, 
made from old tins with punched holes,
which are strung between trees,
as part of the Wild Nights festival
at the Werribee Open Range Zoo at the moment. 
Lured by the temptation of spending an evening 
at a zoo with bonfires, torchlights & fire-dancers,
in a very African theme,
we were keen to see the nocturnal animals come to life.
So the boys & I rugged up in our winter coats,
and set off for a fabulous evening.
 It was fantastic to see the hippos lumbering 
in and out of the water,
as if they were reveling in the attention,
like teenagers at a pool party. 
And scattered about the zoo,
as beacons of warmth in the chill night air, 
were the most tempting little bonfires,
complete with sticks & a never-ending pile of marshmallows.
This Serval, called Morili 
{such a pretty name, 
although it means "forked tongue" - haha!}
was part of a special show featuring these 
gorgeous little cats. 
And being night-time, she was keen to show
off her hunting prowess.  
But my favourite animal was this tiny 
endangered local Bandicoot,
who was quite beyond adorable.
As he hopped about hunting for his supper,
he seemed blissfully unaware that he is only 
1 of 200 of this species left.
Although with their breeding program, 
the Zoo is having success with slowly releasing them 
back into suitable wild areas.
Visiting a zoo at night is such a fabulous idea, 
and if yours in your local area does it, 
I would say "go explore!" because
it was a completely different atmosphere.

And if you live in Melbourne, 
runs every evening to the 16th of July. 
There is also fireside story telling,
a kids dance hut party,
& African drumming with a fire dancer. 
Oh, and kids are now free at Zoos Victoria! Yipee!

Images: Werribee Zoo and blue fruit


  1. What a wonderful night at the zoo, would love to do that with my kids...my daughters FAVORITE animal is the bilby/bandicoot too.
    Suzie xx

  2. It looks dreamy, what a lovely display of magic...
    Spent the day at Taronga zoo with my youngest daughter on Monday and we loved it so much, the Harbour looked magnificent ( was cold though but I suppose that was a small price to pay for such a fantastic experience!)
    Claudia xo

  3. What a clever and easily adapted idea for night-time sparkle! Those lights were magic! I've got the Taronga Zoo sleepover on my to-do-list. I think your post has pushed it to the top of my list!

  4. Love the photos! this is def on my to do list thanks for posting about it :)

    this might be geeky but have you ever done the over night program there??

  5. Hello Margaret! I don't think it would be geeky at all. I hadn't heard of it until I picked up the brochure while we were at the zoo - but I think it would be amazing! It's definitely on my own must do list now too!

  6. Hello Virginia:
    What a fun idea! 'Wild Nights' is such a perfect title and, clearly, you had a most wonderful evening. Such an imaginative idea, we have certainly never known of a similar event. And yes, the improvised lights are most attractive!

  7. What a great idea! I keep meaning to go there....


  8. Looks like a fabulous night, I only wish I lived in Melbourne so I could experience it for myself! Such beautiful photos and writing as always Virginia, it is always such a delight to read one of your posts. I hope you're having a wonderful week, Sasha x


  9. Oh how fun...adore the lights and the wonderful idea!!

  10. I love visiting the zoo! Great photos and those lights are fantastic!


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