Australia Zoo Photo Gallery
Written by Cathy Siegismund
We had originally planned to just spend about half a day at the zoo, and then
take a drive up into the nearby Blackball Mountains. However, after arriving
shortly after the zoo opened, we soon realized with so much to see and do we
would likely spend the day there. When we bought our tickets, we saw that for an
additional fee, you could spend time petting and playing with some of the zoo's
new residents, three Bengal tiger cubs. We couldn't resist this, and all signed
up for a session with the cubs for later that afternoon.
The zoo is impeccably kept and well thought out in design and flow, but I
think what impressed me the most was the quality of the staff. Everywhere you
looked there were Australia Zoo staff to answer questions and more often than
not taking different animals out for walks. As you walk around the zoo, you feel
like you are constantly be asked if you want to touch, pet, or feed various
animals. All our questions were answered pleasantly and knowledgably.
Two young Tasmanian Devils being taken for a morning walk
Feeding the elephants
Several kookaburra at the zoo
Australia Zoo staff member showing us a friendly kookaburra
Large Komodo dragon
Harriet, the 173 year old Galapagos tortoise
Young dingo out for a walk
We watched a boa demonstration and an impressive crocodile feeding demonstration
at the Crocoseum, the new 5,000 seat stadium at the zoo
They demonstrated how the big saltwater crocodile, "salties" sneak up on
their prey. The water in the crocoseum pond is clear so spectators can see the
movements of the crocs. These 10-16' crocodiles can swim just below the surface
in just a few inches of water and not make a ripple. In the usual murky water of
the croc's natural habitat, a croc can easily sneak up on potential prey. They
also showed how the croc will follow the vibrations of the staff members
footsteps along the edge of the water. They also showed how a croc can
push quite far up out of the water on its tail, in the wild the crocs can grab
prey that may be sitting in the branches of trees that overhang the billabongs
that the crocs call home.
Although, a few people do get attacked by crocs, the
message of the demonstration is if you understand the crocs you can appreciate
this apex predator and avoid injury. If you avoid the water and water's edge in
areas where crocs live and don't climb any trees that overhang these waters,
you'll remain safe.
Agro, the largest croc at the Australia Zoo and a croc warning sign found on all
the croc enclosures
After being classified as a problem crocodile, Agro was caught by Steve Irwin
and brought to the zoo. Agro is thought to be 30 years old, is 15 feet long
and weighs 1,300 pounds. He is very aggressive and has "eaten" several lawn
mowers and weed eaters, but has yet to snack on a tourist!
Our next stop was to the kangaroo pens. We had purchased several bags of
roo food to feed the roos and wallabies that roam the zoo.
Kangaroo and large joey heading for the pouch
Feeding grey kangaroos, we really liked the little "hand-grabbers" that would
keep you there until they finished the food
The zoo of course, has a large number of the mellow and very cute koalas
Koalas at the Australia Zoo
The Australia Zoo also had an impressive collection of snakes, many of which are
quite poisonous and indigenous to Australia. The Zoo also has a couple
of huge pythons. One, Lilly, was the largest snake we had ever seen. She had to
be easily over 20 feet long, and was sporting a rather large bulge in the middle
from a recent goat meal!
One of Australia's more dangerous inhabitants
The zoo was home to numerous other animals, most found in Australia. We saw
camels, wombats, red and grey kangaroos, all sorts of lizards, emus, dingoes,
foxes, and the very odd looking cassowaries.
The highlight of our trip to the Australia Zoo, was the opportunity to pet and
play with the three Bengal Tiger cubs.
Kel petting one of the cubs
Another cub playing with his favorite apple toy
Kel and Cath posing with the third cub
We had a fantastic time at the Australia Zoo, and we would highly recommend
making time for a visit if you every find yourself on the Sunshine Coast.