Free Zoo Entry Policy A Success

Free Zoo Entry Policy A Success

Victoria Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith

Record Zoo Visitation Statistics And More Jumbo Surprises In Store

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith has announced the success of the Victorian Coalition Government’s free zoo entry for kids’ policy.

“The Coalition Government’s free zoo entry for kids’ policy has given free entry to over 75,500 children during the 2011 winter school holidays.” Mr. Smith said.

“Total zoo visitation has increased by an outstanding 33 % compared to the same period last year.”

“This is an incredible achievement that proves the Coalition Government has fully delivered on its commitment to make it more affordable for Victorian families to visit our prized zoos.”

“Melbourne Zoo experienced record visitation on 15 July this year with 10,672 visitors on a single day. This figure is similar to the number experienced when Mali the elephant was born.”

“It is fitting that while announcing record-breaking figures today, we can anticipate a repeat of these figures with Num-Oi the Asian Elephant, one of Melbourne Zoo’s key characters, expecting her first calf.”

“If all goes according to plan during the 22-month pregnancy, Num-Oi is set to give birth any time between New Year’s Eve 2012 and the end of January 2013.” Mr. Smith said.

“It is encouraging that supporting Num-Oi’s pregnancy are Melbourne Zoo’s veterinarians, curator, and keepers who have all worked with scientists from the Berlin Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, acknowledged as world-leading experts in elephant reproduction.”

“Kids across Victoria can look forward to returning to the zoo in the 2012/13 Christmas school holidays to see the newest special edition to the zoo.”

“We are pleased to be able to open the doors of our zoos for Victorian kids to enjoy special moments and memories, like visiting Num-Oi and her calf.” Mr. Smith said.

The free entry for kids’ policy is available on weekends, public and school holidays and has made enjoying some family time at the zoo even more affordable for Victorian families.

The policy reduces the cost of a full priced child’s ticket from $12.60 to $0 and the family ticket from $58 to $50.80.