16 September 2011
It has been years in designing, planning and building, but the wait is finally over...Africa has now opened in your backyard, and it's as wild as life gets!
Saturday, September 17, marks the official opening of Australia Zoo's new exhibit Africa, with zebra, rhino, giraffe and cheetah going on display to the public in a first for Queensland.
Australia Zoo is thrilled to showcase the array of African animals to the public. "We're really excited because we really are carrying on in my dad's footsteps," said Bindi Irwin. "Dad was so excited to one day open Africa and we are! So, we're carrying on where he left off."
Baby white rhino Savannah, who was born at Australia Zoo in April, is excited to be calling the new Africa exhibit of Australia Zoo home. As she normally does, Savannah is bounding around with mum Caballe trying to keep up behind her.
"The design of the enclosure is spectacular!" said Terri Irwin. "We've got beautiful bottle trees that we've rescued, and we've got trees, rocks and artistic design that is unsurpassed by anyone."
Savannah wasn't interested in giving Caballe any time to relax with as she ran to all areas of her new enclosure to check out the sights, smells and, for the first time, the patrons of Australia Zoo.
Stage One of Australia Zoo's Africa development plans gives visitors the opportunity to catch our FREE Safari Shuttle up to the Africa exhibit, and the chance to watch the animals interacting in the only multi-species African exhibit in Queensland.
Check out all things Africa at http://www.australiazoo.com.au/visit-us/exhibits/africa/, including all the special activities for these September school holidays!
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