Mansfield Zoo
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36lisaz
Melbourne, Australia236 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
If you want a good dose of racism, this is the place to visit.

I was disgusted and appalled to hear, from the person I presume is one of the owners, his utterly shameful racist remarks and his demeaning insults toward the Government. This man needs a good lesson in appropriate behaviour whilst talking to an audience. Nobody with any decency appreciated his rants, least of all, me.

The zoo itself needs a really good overhaul. The pens are old, dated and some of the animals don't look happy. Their behaviour is that of bored, contained animals. Some of the pens needed a good clean.

What could have been an enjoyable day out finished up being a very disappointing trip to an otherwise average zoo.
Written 24 March 2020
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Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that your visit did not meet your expectations. Our keepers work very hard to keep the animals and premises in good order, and are frequently complimented on how happy and well cared for our animals are. It is sad to hear that you do not think this is the case. We hope you have more happy animal experiences in the future - Bronwen.
Written 11 June 2020
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Vigilante
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Although the staff was friendly and welcoming, the animals were sad and some looked unwell with sores (camel and deers) and lack of energy (not because of the time of day). It was a sunny day today and barely any shade was available for some animals. Enclosures are small and noticed that the drinking water provided for most animals was murky.

The owners may have established the zoo out of their love for animals, but please consider an upgrade of space and facilities. As a fellow animal-lover it was a bit sad to see. It was not complete neglect but they definitely need some more assistance (maybe a government fund) to provide more space and comfort for the animals. The lion's enclosure was small, but a sign did mention that the Lions are played with and looked after. Please consider investing in a bigger inclosure for those two.
Written 3 January 2021
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familyinavan
Melbourne, Australia46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Not far at all from Mansfield. A beautiful quiet sanctuary. Lots of free roaming animals such as ducks, deer, kangaroos, peahens and a master (beautiful show off) peacock. Other animals such as the camel and emus are fenced but all are happy to come up to you for some food, or a pat.

The little ones love the happy little guinea pigs. The monkeys and meerkats weren’t shy at all.

The highlight for us was sitting under the shade on a beautiful sunny day spending some quiet time with the kangaroos. Seeing a Joey poke its little head out is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

Definitely worth a drive and we can’t wait to visit again.

You’ll see some buffalo as you drive up the driveway also!
Written 25 October 2020
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chloet64
Dandenong, Australia100 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
We found this Zoo to be very run down. Some of the animals did not appear to be very well. The Camels and the Deer looked to be sick. Most of the animals were laying down and sleeping during our visit. They appeared to be quite lifeless and lacking in energy.
The Meerkat enclosure appeared to be the best attraction as it was a bit more modern. And the Meerkats appeared to well cared for and were very active.
When we were walking around we did not see any staff. The Zoo is very small. We spent less than one hour there.
The admission price of $18 is quite expensive considering the state of the poor animals and how run down it is.
This place really needs an urgent makeover.
Written 26 January 2021
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Hi Chloe, Thank you for your review. I suspect by the date that you were here in January? That is Summer as you are probably aware, and daily temperatures are well above 30deg. Do you think that maybe the 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, don't you think?. I'm also wondering how YOU assess an animal as sick? 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 health or sickness. Being able to determine the health of an animal through a precursory glance, especially when they are laying down resting is quite a talent. If you seriously thought they were sick, why would you not bring this to the attention of one of the staff? You may not be able to see them but they are very easily summoned from the entry area. I am also wondering about your intentions. Giving a low rating and a 'disaster' headline is obviously to discourage people from visiting, but the zoo is wholly funded by visitors and there is no other income source. Has it occurred to you that your deterrent approach in attempting to discourage people has the opposite effect to what you say you want to happen, which is a makeover? Fortunately for us, we have many visitors who appreciate what we do, love coming to visit us and our animals on a regular basis, and have enabled us to improve many areas of the zoo over the years. You see what you want to see I guess. Wishing you well in all that you endeavour to do in your life. Take care, Bronwen and the Mansfield Zoo team.
Written 18 August 2021
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Leanne P
Lilydale, Australia138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Enjoyed our day with 2 and 4 year old, mum and Grandma. Was a cool, wet (underfoot) muddy winters day, but we absolutely enjoyed it and plan to return with dad. Free gumboots were offered to lend; what a nice option! We all loved feeding the kangaroos and deer and petting the deer who wanted more than its share of food, bringing us many laughs. The animals all looked well, the alligator was hibernating for the winter. The meerkats were just funny to watch and the lyrebirds were elegantly beautiful.
We cooked some sausages for lunch; byo food, which I like so it doesnt cost a fortune. Reasonable entry prices.
A real Aussie country adventure so wear your outdoor gear and enjoy this gem of a place. The young lady attending was attentive and friendly and pretty ( Grandmas say these things) ;)
Had a lovely day, thank you.
Written 13 July 2020
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Geddes_7
Sydney642 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We arrived with relatively low expectations and left feeling that the experience was a good one.

We had gone to see the pair of Maned Wolves, which we did, but enjoyed a number of the other animal interactions. Smaller children would love the opportunity to feed the many wallabies that call the open areas of the zoo home.

Is this on par with the major Metropolitan zoos - no it is not, but it probably doesn't receive the level of financial support they do.

Overall, I thought they did a very credible job, with the resources available to them.
Written 17 April 2022
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Harry M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
Today we went to the Mansfield Zoo and our kids had so much fun feeding and playing with a deer who’s limping because of a broken leg he suffered when he was little. We were amazed that the Zoo hadn't given up on him as we know that’s usually the case because of high vet bills. He looks happy as Larry. Big credits to the Zoo crew who’s taken care of the animal so well! Haven’t seen such great effort in other zoos.
Written 23 September 2021
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familyinavan
Melbourne, Australia46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Rose R
61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
Had a great and relaxing walk around this Zoo in Mansfield. Upon entering the Zoo, we were welcomed by a peacock with their tail open in full. How majestic they are. They have a range of animals at this zoo behind cages and open spaces, but also where we walked they had an alpaca enjoying the shade along with kangaroos. A mother duck with her ducklings suprised us as we crossed a small bridge and they came out from under the bridge. You can take a picnic with you as there are plenty of picnic tables to eat at. From monkeys to meerkats to deer to antelope to lions to guinea pigs, there's something for everyone!
Written 25 November 2021
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Paul P
Melbourne, Australia233 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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