Zoo visitors in the 1890s
By the 1890s, visitors to the Zoo would have experienced landscaped gardens and avenues with amenities such as food stalls, benches, shelter sheds and toilets.
By this time there was a growing collection of exotic animals and an Australian fauna collection. Zoo visitors could ride on Ranee the elephant, watch the lions being fed and view Tasmanian tigers and devils.
Melbourne Zoo: Acclimatisation to Conservation, Mark Kellet, Australian Heritage Magazine, 2009
The Zoo Story, Catherine de Courcy, Penguin, 1995