Rockhampton Zoo, established in 1869, is situated in the Botanic Gardens next to the Murray Lagoon but it can be visited by itself. The Zoo is home to over fifty species of native and exotic animals.
There are Red & Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos and Agile Wallabies roaming freely in grassy paddocks. Other native mammals include Common Wombats and Dingoes.
The aviaries have many colorful birds including King Parrots, Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Musk Lorikeets, Rainbow Lorikeets, Red-tailed Black Cockatoos. The main dome aviary is a free flight walkthrough enclosure with raised pathway.
The Zoo has Australia’s most deadly along with several species of non venomous snakes, Lace Monitors and the Perentie, Australia’s largest lizard.
There is an elevated walkway through the Koala exhibit, so you get closer to these adorable animals. Koalas don’t do much during the day, so don’t expect to see much action, but if you are there at feeding time at 3:30pm you will see them come down from their resting places in the trees to feed on some fresh eucalyptus leaves.
Rockhampton Zoo does not have a large exotic animal collection, although it does feature a number of monkeys and apes. The two chimpanzee brothers are a popular attraction and amuse visitors with their intelligent and playful nature. These two chimps were brought to Rockhampton back in 1986 when the zoo they were born in closed.
There are plans to upgrade the enclosures themed on ecosystems rather than individual animal species and this will enhance the zoo - it is not the best arrangement of displays I have seen.
Guided tours depart from the Botanic Gardens Kiosk at 10am and 2pm from Monday to Friday, with the afternoon finishing in time for the 3pm feeding sessions.
The Zoo is open every day 8am and 5pm and admission is free.