i know this one is bound to become a little controversial but i am interested to see how other members of the forum feel about this... what if your local city zoo had no giraffes or zebra or lions? what if it was a zoo just for animals of the forest. in contrast to this your states open range zoo would be just for grasslands animals. both zoos would focus on australasia, africa, asia and south america - but would display very different animals... likewise each zoo would present a strong message of conservation and an ongoing theme about either forest or grassland ecology. of course many species would be seen at both zoos - but only species that are found in both habitats. the reason i am bringing this up is because unlike dubbo - werribee is an exclusively grassland themed zoo. the zoo features displays such as the "savannah discovery centre" that teaches the comparisons between the local grasslands of the area and the rich plains of africa. and it looks as though zoos victoria is toying with the idea of its two zoos holding exotics, being very much divided in theme. i actually like the strong theme of werribee, and i find that in a way its more educational an experience - though i look forward to the day when it has substantial exhibits for the grasslands of south america and asia as well. in a way it could work. especially in the case of adelaide/monarto and melbourne/werribee who are both located within a 45 minute drive from the city. so take your pick kids - we can go to the zoo and see - rhino, giraffe, lions and baboons or gorillas, elephants, jaguars and bears...... what do you guys think?