I love animals from house pets to wild animals. I have already cuddled a Koala and held a snake but I was eager to see other animals that Australia was famous for, particularly a crocodile. So it was an easy decision to go to the Australia Zoo; home of the crocodile hunter!
As a Christmas present our Aunt, Uncle and cousins gave Harriet and I a gift voucher to spend on an experience day. After looking through the options this was the one we chose and it was lovely going knowing that this was their Christmas present to us.
We left Noosa early morning and we were at the Australia Zoo by 9:30am. We had all our suitcases with us as we were planning to move straight onto Brisbane that evening. Australia Zoo had lockers that we thought we could use to store out bags but unfortunately our bags were too big for the lockers, we went to the gift shop and explained our predicament and they very kindly allowed us to store our suitcases in the back store cupboard.
Now bag free we entered the zoo and began to enjoy the day. It was incredible to see all the different animals, within minutes of each other we saw koalas, giant tortoises, pythons, cassowarys, dingos, turtles and so many more!
At 12 o’clock we headed to the crocacium to watch the Wildlife Warrior Show. At first we thought it would be a show with only the small animals but within minutes our expectations changed as birds flew around the crocacium, staff who worked with these animals told us about them and helped the animals show off. They brought snakes and other birds through the audience, then the big birds came out, the hunters, one of the birds had a wing span of over 1.5 metres!!
Then the main event came out, Al the croc, who was an impressive 14ft long. Al was reluctant to say ‘hi’ so Dave who looks after him was stamping his feet both on the ground and in the water! He explained that crocodiles use mainly vibrations to navigate where food may be and right now Dave was food. Slowly but surly Al came out and in the water he did look as big as I was expecting. Dave then brought Al out of the water with more stamping, it was only then that we saw Al’s full size and he was huge!! Dave and Dan, another keeper, always worked in pairs with another team around the edge of the enclosure, they took every procaustion to ensure that everyone was safe, the main lesson was that crocodiles were unpredictable no matter how long you worked with them.
After the Wildlife Worries Show, we continued to wander around the zoo; we headed to the kangaroo and wallaby enclosure where you could feed the kangaroos!! We stopped off at the gift shops to get some “Roo Food” and went on over. I loved it! The kangaroos were so gentle and were not spooked when we came close to feed them, with flat hands we inched closer and closer until they were eating right out of our hands! We also managed to get selfies with the kangaroos too which was awesome!
The Croc feeding show was next, the staff fed another of the crocodiles; we learnt more about them, their hunting patterns and how they breath, see, and hunt. Did you know that a crocodile can go for 12 months without eating!!!
We then moved on to see Harriet’s favourite animal, the tigers, unfortunately we missed the tiger show but they were still so playful with each other. It was lovely to see, it was also sad to fully understand the threat that these beautiful animals are under, many are hunted for their fur but also as pets, where they are maltreated.
We finished the day seeing the camels, zebras, rhinos and giraffes we were lucky enough to arrive just as the keepers were feeling them, they came so close to the fence and even though they had ‘bambie’ legs their walk was majestic and strong. They loved the camera and I got loads of photos of them.
After all that, we had walked miles and were ready to head to our next destination, Brisbane, so we collected our suitcases and got the 5 o’clock Greyhound bus to Brisbane.
The Australia Zoo was incredible, the animals were something I hadn’t seen before and the care that their keepers showed toward the animals was beautiful. If you ever get the chance to visit the Australia Zoo I would certainly recommend it, it is a great day out and a chance to see some amazing animals!