Cheetah Week - a great success!
If you’ve been reading our previous Big Cat Animal Diaries you may have heard of ‘Cheetah Week’ that took place earlier this month. We are pleased to report that it was an overwhelming success and through many wonderful events and activities we were able to help raise a stack of money for cheetah conservation. Cheetah Week ran in the first week of school holidays, from June 30 to...read more
Foxy and his new best friend and the cinemas
It has been an interesting time in Bird Show the past couple of months because a lot of our birds have been going through their breeding seasons; one such bird is our Barking Owl Nuebi. The Barking Owl is a late winter breeder stretching from July to September although sometimes starting a little earlier. Barking Owls will often nest in the hollows of large trees up to about 30 metres off the grou...read more
Our gorgeous Barking Owl
Lots of Turkeys!
Welcome to another week with our birds. At the moment if you are visiting the Zoo, you might notice that there are a lot of Brush Turkeys getting around. You will probably find them foraging around scratching through all of the leaf litter looking for a meal. They love to feed on insects, seeds and fallen fruit, as well as trying to steal from our birds for an easy meal. You can find these turkeys...read more
Foraging to make a nest
New gator facilities!
Check this out, we now have over 70 alligators. We have a few different age groups being our hatchlings, one year, two year, three year and our ever growing six year olds!As you can imagine we spend a lot of time with these guys and follow strict conditioning routines with them daily raising them and giving them the best life possible. Our baby hatchlings have now started being roved around the Zo...read more
Our great new facilities!
Asian Elephants 101!
Welcome to Asian Elephants 101! This week we have put together stacks of interesting facts about the gorgeous Asian Elephant. We hope you have fun learning about this amazing animal!Asian Elephants have a 22 months gestation (or pregnancy) periodCalves are approximately 70-90kg at birthTheir trunks have over 100 thousand individual muscles and can weigh up to140kg, carrying anything up to 600kg. T...read more
Siam shows-off her gorgeous features
A popularity contest
Have you ever heard the saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’? This phrase came to mind recently in relation to how we view some animals, especially the seemingly ugly, or unpopular ones; in this case the example being the dromedary camel. Australia has a huge population of wild, free-ranging dromedary camel, they are classed as feral, or pests, and generally s...read more
Teela our treasured Dromedary Camel
Myrtle on the move!
Have you met Myrtle yet? She can often be seen meeting and greeting everyone at the Zoo entrance in the mornings and again in the afternoons wishing everyone a safe trip home as they leave.Who is Myrtle? Well, she walks around wearing a harness just like the wombats, but, no, she’s not an albino wombat, nor is she a strange-looking European badger - both real questions! And she’s not M...read more
Myrtle meets the crowd!
Leaf cutting nightmares!
Out Leaf cutting for our very much loved koalas, we strive to provide the best eucalyptus leaf available. We do a pretty good job too, keeping our koalas happy, healthy and very well fed throughout the year.In our constant quest for leaf however we encounter an unseen threat from a normally passive adversary, the hairy caterpillar. These Eucalypt caterpillars aren’t your usual story time typ...read more
Our koalas appreciate the effort that goes into getting top quality leaf!
The scary truth about Tasmanian Devils
It is a pitch black night. A dead carcass is being ravaged and all that can be made out are large white teeth and bright red ears. All that can be heard is the breaking of bones and spine; chilling growls. This communal feeding situation gave the Tasmanian Devil their name and misleading personality traits. They are known to be aggressive, vicious and something to be scared of. But it is all a blu...read more
Zeke, our gorgeous Tasmanian Devil; he will be missed
You may have read our last article on primate diets and how important it is to ensure our animals receive a well balanced diet. It is just as vital for us to ensure our animals are getting the correct intake of their diet. To help us determine the appropriate amount to feed, we regularly weigh all of our animals. Weighing is extremely important to help us monitor our animals’ health and well...read more
Our Lemurs love weigh day!
We are often asked how big certain snakes can grow, and this is a tricky question to answer. In some species of snakes, like the Mulga snake (pictured), males can grow up to three metres; much larger than the females who only grow to about 1.5 – 2 metres. It is the opposite in large python and boa species such as Reticulated Pythons and Anacondas, where the female reaches a larger size. ...read more
A couple of Mulga snakes
Our baby alligators are growing up!
Here at Australia Zoo we have the privilege of working with baby American Alligators. Our proud parents Barney and Fang-2 have proven to be very successful breeders. They have had five clutches of eggs over the past six years with approximately 20 baby alligators in each. We have the advantage of removing the eggs from the mothers nest to incubate the eggs to give them the best chance of survival....read more
Roving Kristy with one of our gorgeous baby American Alligators