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Calling all animal lovers and eco-warriors to experience a unique `Litter Critter’ summer Treasure Hunt around Melbourne Zoo!

A day at the Melbourne Zoo is always an adventure - and for a week in February there will be added excitement with kids able to “virtually visit” the habitats of animals that call Melbourne’s waterways home.

Melbourne Water has created the `Litter Critter Scavenger Hunt’ experience in partnership with Zoos Victoria. This experience will be available between February 7-12 at the Melbourne Zoo.

Young visitors can simply scan the QR codes located around the zoo and learn how they can help protect animals - such as the platypus, an iconic Australian mammal which has been listed as vulnerable in Victoria - that live in our city’s rivers and creeks. 

Kids will have the opportunity to experience a journey of discovery to find different animals and learn about the importance of keeping our city’s rivers and creeks free of litter so these creatures can thrive.

Melbourne Water’s General Manager Waterways & Catchment Operations Dr Kirsten Shelly said combining all the Zoo has to offer with an augmented reality experience is a great way for young people to learn about animals and their habitats.

“The Zoo is a wonderful place to connect to the wildlife that live in our rivers and creeks right in the heart of the city.

“We’re caretakers of about 25,000km of rivers and creeks across Greater Melbourne and it’s our job to ensure they are clean and beautiful today and into the future to protect these animals.

“Melbourne Water spends more than $4 million dollars annually removing 1700 cubic metres of rubbish from our rivers and creeks. The Litter Critter Scavenger Hunt experience is a terrific opportunity for children to learn about the importance of binning their litter to help protect where these animals live,” Dr Shelly said.
 

Melbourne Zoo Director Michelle Bruggeman said the team is excited to be involved with the initiative.

“Melbourne Zoo is proud to partner with organisations that are committed to conservation and sustainability.

“We are delighted to work with Melbourne Water to help inspire animal lovers and future conservationists of all ages to connect with their local wildlife in this fun and innovative way,” Ms Bruggeman said.

Media contacts:
Terry Sefton, Media and External Affairs Manager, Melbourne Water – 0451 052 990
Gus Goswell, Senior Reporter, Melbourne Zoo – 0422 868 961