Zoo Fellowships 2012

In 2012, we partnered with one of Melbourne’s oldest institutions to create the Wheeler Centre Zoo Fellowships – a unique opportunity for Melbourne artists to soak up the zoo’s surrounds and create work inspired by the animals and their habitats.

Our fellows were blogger Estelle Tang, fiction writer Cate Kennedy, children’s author Sally Rippin and cartoonist Judy Horacek.

Enjoy their zoo-related creative works here.

Works

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Why Animals Rule the Pages of Picture Books

Sally Rippin

Think about some of your favourite picture books from childhood. How many of them featured animals? Maisie the Mouse, Babar the Elephant, Curious George. These are all examples of animals who are essentially human: speaking, wearing clothes, going to work or school and living the way we…

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Observing the Wildlife

Cate Kennedy

Bring up Melbourne Zoo on Google maps and click on ‘Satellite’, and there it is, a green patch in the middle of a flat grey city’s grid. The networks of roads and houses are ruled and uniform, they branch out for miles in all directions from Royal Park, spreading like…

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All Good Things Are Wild and Free: Considering the Zoo

Estelle Tang

There’s very little that’s surprising about a visit to the zoo. Many of us have been familiar with zoos since we were small. Even before you enter, you know you’ll probably see a lion, a tiger, koalas and some birds. The aesthetic experience is special and strange, yet predictable and…