Mansfield Zoo
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Freedom40775087317
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Jan 2024 • Family
Not sure why all the negative reviews?? We visited today and found it a very pleasant experience. The lion keeper was full of information about the lions including how they rate the weight etc., permits and how poor the government is with regards to animal welfare and breeding regulations for the exotic animals.

The free roaming deer, ducks and peacocks were awesome .

Keep up the good work 👍🏼👍🏼
Written 3 January 2024
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Tracey B
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Oct 2023 • Family
This place should be closed down. The poor animals all look in poor health, bored and just unhealthy and unhappy. The grass is so long you don’t know where to walk, looking to be bitten by a snake, animals barely had water all there pens where old and unattended. Lions didn’t look well at all. Camels had sore eyes and fly ridden. Most pets need looking at by a professional vet. Don’t waste your time or money. We all left sad and upset for the animals. Have reported to the RSPCA. This place should be shut down.
Written 31 October 2023
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Hi Tracey, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your recent visit. We are sorry to hear that you did not find any enjoyment in your experience. It may interest you to know that all our animals have access to water, with many having multiple water sources for choices in both sheltered and open areas, even if not immediately visible. Many of the visible water sources are ponds for bathing and are at times emptied for cleaning out, as in the Emus. Ensuring the health and well-being of our animals is a top priority. We follow guidance from our vet and daily interactions to gauge what is 'normal' for each animal, allowing us to identify any deviations in their health. Our lions undergo regular weight assessments by our vet, with the scale ranging from 1 (emaciated) to 5 (obese), and an ideal weight rating of 2.5. All our lions have consistently been rated at 2.3 to 2.5, ensuring their weight and overall health are on track. Regarding the length of the grass, it's intentionally kept long in certain areas to serve as both feed and shelter for the animals. The grass is pasture, not lawn and certain parts are also left to go to seed for next years feedcrop. While we trust visitors' judgment regarding potential risks, such as snakes during certain times of the year, some animals prefer the longer grass for hiding and can become stressed if it's consistently kept short. We do understand how you could be concerned about snakes in long grass so always suggest keeping out of it. All enclosures adhere to species-specific standards, many of which are very complex. Many of our enclosures are more than double the minimum size requirements to provide ample space for our animals. In reference to the recurring "summer sore" in one of our camels, despite extensive testing, we have not found a long-term treatment that works. Each time the sore heals, the camel rubs the scab off and we are back to the beginning. It appears only in Summer and is not present in the Winter months, so is somehow humidity related. We remain committed to the well-being of all our animals and explore every available option to address their health concerns. If you decide to visit us again, our keepers are always eager to answer any questions you may have and address any concerns at the time. We value your feedback and hope to provide a more positive experience in the future. Kind regards, Alisha and the Mansfield Zoo team
Written 22 December 2023
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C...
Victoria, Australia82,401 contributions
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July 2023
A friend recommended a weekend trip to the Mansfield Zoo in the winter... Mansfield is always a good place to visit, so I thought 'why not'.

It is best to follow the road to Jamieson when you arrive at Mansfield and then follow the signs... but if you are going to get distracted by the outstanding views, put the address into your sat nav and follow directions. :) It is about ten minutes out.

When you arrive at the Zoo you will drive down a driveway with an avenue of trees which is quite stunning. As you arrive near the entrance, the car parking is limited. The odd thing is that there is no real office... it's the verandah of an old house. You just approach the desk on the verandah and pay your fee. You can also buy food for the animals here. Not all of them... seriously you don't want to be hand feeding the lions.

The young lady said there was a Boot Room. I was wearing jeans and sneakers and thought that I would be fine. But OH MY GOD... the mud! I HIGHLY recommend that you follow advice and use their boots. The mud is literally everywhere in Winter. BUT I still felt the experience was worth it.

It's hard to describe how beautiful this place is... with sweeping hills as far as the eye can see... oh yes, and there are animals! ( One should expect that... this is a zoo after all :O )

It is a charming way to spend a day... it's not like the city where you will see everything ... here there were a lot of deer, peacocks, alpacas (or were they llamas- interesting looking either way), meerkats, monkeys, lions, dingos and more.

And er... handy hint, if you are going to talk to the animals like they are people... er... I suggest you do it without witnesses.... otherwise you get some really funny looks! :)
Written 13 August 2023
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Currer B
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Feb 2023 • Couples
Actually had a really nice day. (Despite the rain)
The reviews weren't great so I wasn't expecting much.
Yes this is a country zoo that doesn't get the funding of the big city ones (I don't think people reviewing realise this..?) but the visitor/animal interaction is the best iv been to in Victoria, which is what made it a great day.
To have dozens of deer, ducks/birds, kangaroos (my fav!), camels, lamas and emu come running up to you is a lovely experience. Whether you're a kid or not!
Of all the zoos and wildlife parks iv visited, iv never been that close to a lion (and white lion!) before! Let alone watch them eat their lunch. To hear them roar that close was an incredible experience.
The people who mention in their reviews about the lions weight, clearly didn't go to the lion feeding. (or didn't listen)
The keeper clearly mentions that they are a healthy weight. As lions are measured differently to how we expect and they are prone to getting hip issues later in life if they have too much excess weight. These beautiful boys (and girl) were already past their life expectancy had they had lived in the wild.
They're clearly loved by their owners.
Written 6 February 2023
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Paige h
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Jan 2023 • Family
The zoo is a farm with different animals. My kids loved looking at the roaming animals around the park. The poor Lions look so underfed and cramped in a small cage they need to be released to a more appropriate zoo with a large enclosure. The current enclosure looked to have no water and was neally as small as a normal size backyard . Very sad the lions genuinely looked distressed/depressed
Written 12 January 2023
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Thank you for your review. We are so glad your kids enjoyed the animals at the zoo. I'm sorry to hear that you were disappointed. Did you know that big cats, like large dogs, have their weight rated on a scale from 1 to 5 by the vets who look after them. On that scale, 1 is emaciated and 5 is obese, with an ideal weight rating of 2.5. Our vet regularly inspects our animals and has rated all of our lions at 2.3 to 2.5. This is the guide that we use to know that the weight and overall health of our lions is on track. In regards to water, all of our animals have multiple water supplies so they have choices of water for in their shelter or in the open. The fact that you can't see it doesn't mean it is not there. Also, I would like to reassure you that all wildlife enclosures are carefully designed according to the standard for each species. Wherever possible, we make the enclosures for our animals at least twice as large, or more, than the minimum requirements to ensure that the animals have plenty of space to move around in. This applies to the lions enclosures as well. Lions, unlike many big cats, are extremely lazy animals and spend 80% or more of their time resting, even in the wild. They are true minimalists and only move if there is a reason to. The lions generally move around when they are going to be fed. Please note, if you get a chance to visit again, our keepers are always happy to answer questions you may have. Kind regards, Alisha and the Mansfield Zoo team.
Written 7 August 2023
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Paul P
Melbourne, Australia233 contributions
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Jan 2023
A major update of animal facilities is badly needed and consideration of getting rid of the Lions or radically changing their enclosure and care. I recall the old fashioned zoos when I was a kid. Animals in cramped enclosures all looking totally depressed and bored. The lions here looked a bit thin but that may not be a real problem as in the wild they may be the same. However they paced and paced in their small enclosure and given the overall size of the zoo better facilities should be provided.
Many of the enclosures were either small or provided little stimulus for the animals. One cockatoo was stilling on the ground with its head down, sick or depressed? I just felt very sad that it was like this as I am sure the people are good intentioned and try to make things comfortable. I have seen other small zoos, eg at Halls Gap which is excellent. We should have long removed ourselves from the idea that a zoo is just so people can see animals, they must help preserve animals that are endangered and make it a happy experience for the animals.
The deer all looked well as they had huge space as did the Texas longhorns. Plenty of places to picnic with fantastic views.
I am sure the place can be improved but maybe no lions, leave them for Werribee or Dubbo.
Written 4 January 2023
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Hi Paul, thank you for your review. I'm sorry to hear that you were disappointed. I suspect by the date that you were here in January? During Summer the daily temperatures are well above 30 degrees. Due to the heat our animals prefer to rest during the day, and move around in the morning and evenings when it is cooler. This is absolutely the best approach to conserve energy, of which the animals are well aware. Laying down and sleeping sounds quite appropriate for hot weather. In regards to the health and wellbeing of our animals, we are guided by our vet and our daily interactions that let us know what is 'normal' for an animal to enable us to identify levels of their health. I’m wondering, if you were really worried about any of our animals, why would you not bring this to the attention of one of the staff? Also, I would like to reassure you that all wildlife enclosures are carefully designed according to the standard for each species. Wherever possible, we make the enclosures for our animals at least twice as large, or more, than the minimum requirements to ensure that the animals have plenty of space to move around in. This applies to the lions enclosures as well. Lions, unlike many big cats, are extremely lazy animals and spend 80% or more of their time resting, even in the wild. They are true minimalists and only move if there is a reason to. The lions generally move around when they are going to be fed. They are well attuned to where their food comes from and always start to move when the keeper heads to the area that their meat comes from. It's not unusual for them to walk up and down their enclosure when they know that the keeper is getting their meal ready. if you get a chance to visit again, our keepers are always happy to answer questions you may have. Kind regards, Alisha and the Mansfield Zoo team.
Written 7 August 2023
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JimmyP
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Nov 2022 • Family
Lions well underfed. Rib cages very visible which was sad to see. Their enclosure was far too small, especially when you consider the space around them.

A positive day out apart from this sad part.
Written 26 November 2022
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Hi Jimmy, thank you for sharing your experience with us, and I'm pleased to hear that you had a mostly positive day out. In regards to the lions I'd like to provide you with some insights. Did you know that our lions, much like large dogs, undergo weight assessments by our dedicated veterinarians? Their weight is evaluated on a scale ranging from 1 to 5, where 1 represents emaciation and 5 indicates obesity. Our lions consistently receive ratings between 2.3 and 2.5, which falls within the optimal range of health. This regular assessment helps us ensure that our lions maintain a healthy weight and overall well-being. Furthermore, I'd like to assure you that we design our wildlife enclosures to meet the specific needs of each of our animals. In fact, we ensure to exceed minimum space requirements, often providing enclosures that are at least twice as large, if not more. This ensures that our animals, including the lions, have ample room to move freely. Lions, unlike some other large cats, tend to exhibit a more sedentary behaviour, spending 80% or more of their time resting, even in their natural habitat. They are true minimalists, only expending energy when necessary, such as during feeding times. If you have the opportunity to visit us again, please remember that our knowledgeable keepers are always happy to address any inquiries you may have about our animals and their care. Best regards, Alisha and the Mansfield Zoo Team.
Written 7 August 2023
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familyinavan
Melbourne, Australia46 contributions
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Sept 2022 • Friends
This was our second visit here and a lot, but also, not a lot has changed.

We were still welcomed by the friendly owners, spent some time with the Guinea pigs (and some adorable very pregnant ones!), emus and show-off cockies and peacocks ☺️

This time we saw the lion and meerkat feedings and the kids loved it. All I witnessed was a very well controlled and safe enclosure for the lions. They definitely knew it was feeding time. (But seriously. I saw a grown adult mother trying to “💋💋💋 come here puss puss” the hungry, growly, wild lions. Don’t be ridiculous. If the fence wasn’t there she’d have been toast.)

Having some of the monkeys run over to say hello was quite intimidating 😂

The ducklings in the pond was something we all loved to see. And of course the relaxed (and exhausted no doubt after such a busy morning with so many people) kangaroos was the highlight once again.

It was a beautiful sunny day, they do an amazing job here, I would call this a sanctuary rather than a zoo. The animals are happy and obviously loved here, and aren’t just put on display in tiny enclosures.

Would love to see the alligator next time, however :)
Written 20 September 2022
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TC_Loveoils
Mulgrave, Australia135 contributions
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July 2022 • Family
We had a great time at the Mansfield zoo recently. My children had a great time feeding the friendly animals and we got to watch the lion feeding at 1.30pm (followed by meerkat feeding). Overall an enjoyable visit. The keeper told us the story behind the lions, and it’s interesting to know how they ended up there and how they are not allowed to breed exotic animals in order to comply with the strict licence requirement. We made a mistake by not using the gumboots that they provide the visitors as the place can be quite muddy in some areas.
Written 2 July 2022
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Craig R
Yarrawonga, Australia2,031 contributions
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May 2022
My Sister in law and my Niece her Husband and their child Levi, from Singapore came to stay with us for a few days. Thought we would go to the Mansfield Zoo so little Levi (2 1/2 years old) could have some fun with the kangaroo's. I was very impressed with the setup. We had lunch in the picnic area where the deer and ducks like to dine with you.

Then we walked around, where not only Levi had a ball. We had a deer follow us all around the park, which the kids thought was great. The kids loved feeding and patting the animals.

Had a great time.
Written 13 June 2022
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