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Australia Zoo

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Australia Zoo is world renowned for it’s animal conservation efforts as well as it’s quality exhibits.

Made famous by the late Steve Irwin, Wife Terri and children Bindi and Robert have vowed to continue his work to raise awareness of animal conservation issues.

The crocodile Hunter has left the world a legacy of education and compassion that looks set to be enhanced by the family’s ongoing efforts.

As the flagship of these conservation efforts, Australia Zoo is an outstanding example of what can be achieved when strong willed people put their shoulders to the wheel so to speak.

Visitors to the Zoo marvel at not only the animals exhibited, but the efforts the staff will go to in providing an informative and enjoyable experience.

Below is just a taste of what’s to be found at this iconic park, for more information contact the zoo directly. Ph: Website etc etc.

Mammals:
As the highest class of vertebrates, female mammals have mammary glands that secrete milk to feed their young after the birth. Warm blooded, with the majority of their body covered by hair, mammals give birth to live young.

The exceptions to this rule are the platypus and the echidna, which lay eggs. Mammals are also differentiated from other animals by the feature of three middle ear bones.

The majority of mammals are adapted to live solely on land, but there are several groups of mammals (such as dolphins and whales) that have evolved to live exclusively in aquatic environments.

Bats by contrast are the only mammal to truly master the art of flight, even though others have the ability to glide through treetops. At Australia Zoo, there are many fantastic examples of the magnificent mammals such as:
Dingoes, Cheetahs, Tigers, Giraffe, Kangaroos, Koalas, Otters, Possums and many more.

Birds:
Warm blooded vertebrates, birds lay eggs and covered in feathers, their forelimbs are modified into wings that enable them (most of them) to fly. Their feathers not only assist them to fly but also act as great protection from cod and water saturation.

Because of their need to fly, the bones of birds are made up of honeycomb structures to reduce their overall weight. Birds also have acute eyesight and hearing to assist them in finding food, but have quite poor sense of smell.

While most birds are active only during the day, some have adapted to a nocturnal lifestyle such as owls.

Food sources of birds vary depending upon the species, varying from things like, nectar, seeds, and insects, to rodents, fish and even on other birds. Importantly all birds have specific adaptations to help them in their individual feeding technique.

Some of the species of birds that can be seen at Australia Zoo are:
Exotic Parrots, Finches, Storks, Cranes, Curlews, Kingfishers as well as Native Parrots Cormorants and many more.

Reptiles:
These animals have dry scaly skin and are 'cold-blooded' vertebrates, the major difference between these animals and other is that they are cold blooded.

This does necessarily mean their blood is actually cold, more that they are unable to regulate their body temperature themselves and employ external heating and cooling sources to aid them.

Because of this reptiles are generally found throughout the warmer regions of the world such as the tropics. The majority of reptiles are found on land but some have adapted to live in the water, even so they still need to come to the surface to breath as they have no gills.

Most reptiles lay their eggs (oviparous), however there are a few species that incubate and hatch their eggs internally (ovoviviparous). Reptile eggs contain a large quantity of yolk to nourish the embryo, and they have a porous shell. Most reptiles are carnivorous.

Australia Zoo and off course Steve Irwin are famous for their involvement in the conservation of Crocodiles and a visit to the zoo will definitely not disappoint in this regard, there are also other reptiles at the zoo such as:
Pythons and Boa Constrictors, Lizards, Tortoise and Turtles and even some venomous snakes.

EXHIBITS:

Australia Zoo takes great pride in creating exhibits that not just educational and exciting for visitors, but also comfortable, spacious, stimulating and even luxurious for the animals.

Below are just some of the exhibits on offer at the zoo, which were conceived by Steve himself and brought to life by a group of talented designers, artists builders and horticulturalists.

The Crocoseum
The lifelong dream of Steve Irwin was to show people how crocodiles live by creating clear water ponds that would allow him to educate visitors in a way never before attempted, some people said it couldn’t be done, he proved them wrong.

Tiger Temple
This exhibit was built to resemble the famous Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, it is a work of art as well as an architectural first – Tiger Temple boasts the Southern Hemisphere’s only underwater viewing of Tigers.

Elephantasia
Elephantasia is Australia’s LARGEST Asian Elephant enclosure. The exhibit was created in 2006 for Australia Zoo’s beautiful girls from Siam, Sabu and Bimbo, this Asian-themed exhibit is truly a work of art.

Elephantasia features a large wading pool with a fountain for the girls to splash around in, a giant statue of Ganesh, the Hindu elephant god feature, beautiful lush gardens, and plenty of shade and room to move for the elephants.

Below are a couple of suggestions for a day out at Australia Zoo, there are of course many more things to see and do at the Zoo, so be sure to check their website for more details.


Slithery Day Out
• 10:30am Elephants LIVE – you can hand-feed our elephants!
• 11:00am Wildlife Warriors Crocoseum Show
• 12:00pm Slinky Snake photo session
• 12:30pm Spiky Little Echidna Encounter
• 1:00pm Otters LIVE
• 1:15pm Totally! Tortoise Encounter
• 1:30pm Lunch @ Feeding Frenzy


Furry Day Out
• 10:00am Cuddly Koala photo session
• 10:30am Elephants LIVE – you can hand-feed our elephants!
• 11:00am Wildlife Warriors Crocoseum Show
• 12:30pm Lunch @ Feeding Frenzy
• 1:30pm Sweetheart! Possum Encounter
• 2:15pm Naughty! Wombat Experience
• 3:00pm By Jingo! Dingo Encounter
• 3:30pm Otters LIVE

Current Conservation Projects being conducted by Australia Zoo:

Australian Wildlife Hospital 24-hour emergency hotline
Cheetahs
Elephants
Tasmanian Devil
Crocodiles
Tigers
Tracking
The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve

 

Getting to Australia Zoo:

Australia Zoo is located on the Sunshine Coast, which is easily accessible by a number of major highways. It is approximately 60 minutes' driving time from Brisbane via the Bruce Highway. Australia Zoo is situated on Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah.

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