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Werribee Zoo’s new event series celebrates Indigenous Australian and African cultures

Werribee Open Range Zoo is debuting a series of weekend activities during May and a newly built Ranger Village space along the Zoo’s African River Trail.

The Cultural Weekends program will celebrate the rich history and practices of Indigenous Australian and African communities, and connect visitors with Zoos Victoria’s vision for a future rich in wildlife. From 11am to 3pm, alternating Saturdays and Sundays through May, visitors will be able to:

  • Join in Mzuri dance and African drumming
  • Participate in hair braiding, head wrapping and African bracelet making
  • Make emu feather and gum nut necklaces and artworks
  • Enjoy storytelling sessions with Wadawurrung Elder Aunty Judy and South African musician/storyteller Valanga Khoza

The Zoo’s popular Village Markets will also occur alongside the African cultural days, offering food, drink and an array of handcrafted items for purchase. Entry to Cultural Weekends is included in Zoo admission: $38 for adults and $19 for children aged 4 to 15 years. Children enter free on weekends and public holidays. Proceeds from admission go towards Zoos Victoria’s efforts to fight wildlife extinction.

Zoo members and visitors are reminded that all tickets to the Zoo must be pre-booked at zoo.org.au and are asked to follow the current COVIDSafe directions at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

For more information about Werribee Open Range Zoo’s Cultural Weekends, visit www.zoo.org.au

Key Dates:

Indigenous Australian Cultural Days: Saturday 8 May; Sunday 16 May; Saturday 22 May; Sunday 30 May

African Cultural Days: Sunday 9 May; Saturday 15 May; Sunday 23 May; Saturday 29 May

SOURCE: Werribee Open Range Zoo