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    Feeding the Kangaroos

    by DEBBBEDB Written Sep 20, 2012

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    We saw a dead Kangaroo and a live Joey in Kalmari National Park, and we saw kangaroos when we went to the Wilderness Park in Broome. But those kangaroos were behind fences. Here at the Australian Zoo (aka Steve Irwin's zoo), the kangaroos were lying around everywhere and we could buy food and feed them. A lady took my camera and took my photo feeding the kangaroos.

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    Australia Zoo - Home of the Crocodile Hunter

    by The_Downunder_Mob Updated Jul 27, 2011
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    Australia Zoo is located in the Australian state of Queensland on the Sunshine Coast near Beerwah/Glass House Mountains. It was established under the name of Beerwah Reptile Park by Bob and Lyn Irwin in 1970. Bob's son Steve - aka 'The Crocodile Hunter' - made the park a popular tourist attraction and changed the name to Australia Zoo. The zoo is a member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association. Unfortunately Steve died in 2006 but his widow Terri keeps the zoo running. Australia Zoo won the Australian Tourism Awards for 2003-2004 in the category Major Tourist Attraction and in 2004 the first Animal Hospital was opened. The hospital was upgraded in 2008.

    The main feature of the park is the Crocoseum featuring Steve's first love - crocodiles. It also hosts bird and snake shows. The main exhibits (apart from the crocodiles) are of course Australian native animals. There is a large kangaroo and wallaby enclosure where the animals love being hand fed. There are South East Asia exhibits including Tigers, Elephants, Small Clawed Otters and Komodo Dragons.

    I love Australia Zoo because it is so well kept and clean. The animal enclosures are roomy and clean and the staff are always Knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful.

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    Australia Zoo

    by al2401 Updated Apr 14, 2011

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    Australia Zoo is located in the Australian state of Queensland on the Sunshine Coast near Beerwah/Glass House Mountains. It was established under the name of Beerwah Reptile Park by Bob and Lyn Irwin in 1970. Bob's son Steve - aka 'The Crocodile Hunter' - made the park a popular tourist attraction and changed the name to Australia Zoo. The zoo is a member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association. Unfortunately Steve died in 2006 but his widow Terri keeps the zoo running. Australia Zoo won the Australian Tourism Awards for 2003-2004 in the category Major Tourist Attraction and in 2004 the first Animal Hospital was opened. The hospital was upgraded in 2008.

    The main feature of the park is the Crocoseum featuring Steve's first love - crocodiles. It also hosts bird and snake shows. The main exhibits (apart from the crocodiles) are of course Australian native animals. There is a large kangaroo and wallaby enclosure where the animals love being hand fed. There are South East Asia exhibits including Tigers, Elephants, Small Clawed Otters and Komodo Dragons.

    I love Australia Zoo because it is so well kept and clean. The animal enclosures are roomy and clean and the staff are always Knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful.

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    Australia Zoo

    by ValbyDK Updated Sep 18, 2010
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    Australia Zoo was opened as a private zoo in 1970 by Bob and Lyn Irwin - it was then called the Beerwah Reptile Park. Bob and Lyn passed on their love and respect of wildlife to their children - in particular their son Steve. In 1992 Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" took over management of the zoo and the park changed its name to Australia Zoo.

    It’s a fantastic place and one of the best zoos I have seen. The staff seemed so professional and enthusiastic. My favourite thing in the Australia Zoo was the opportunity to get really close to the Australian Wildlife. You can pet a koala, walk with kangaroos and wallabies and much more. You can see tigers and elephants in zoos all over the world, but how often do you see a cassowary, a wombat or a dingo?

    The ‘Animal Planet Crocoseum’ is located inside the zoo. It is a stadium with a capacity of approximately 5,000 spectators. Several times every day there is a one hour show, which includes snakes, birds and crocodiles. If you want a seat in the front rows, you must be at the Crocoseum in good time before the show.

    Crikey! - A must see on the east coast.

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    Australia Zoo

    by robertgaz Written May 13, 2008

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    Australia Zoo is a beautifully laid out and well planned spacious open concept animal sanctuary. It's much more than just another zoo because their vision is for conservation and animal rescue.

    A great part of their mission is to protect endangered species by educating people in an entertaining way through animal shows. There are daily shows including getting up close and personal with crocs at the 5000 seat Animal Planet Crocoseum.

    Although there isn't a great variety of animals the quality of the enclosures and the care for the animals is second to none.

    Steve (dec) and Terri Irwin live the lives of Wildlife Warriors and if I ever become an endangered species I want to live at Australia Zoo. When I visited Australia Zoo it was about a month after Steve's untimely death and tributes were still pouring in.

    Admission prices -

    Adult $43.00
    Student/Pensioner $35.00
    Child (3-14) $29.00
    Child under 3 Free
    Family - 2 Adults, 3 Children
    (Gate offer only, exclusive to Australia Zoo)

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    And of course....kangaroos

    by 850prc Updated Jun 11, 2007

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    No need to get up, mate.

    When one thinks of Australian animals, the "K"s have it.... koalas and kangaroos.

    Australia Zoo has a huge enclosure through which the general public can walk and intermingle with kangaroos. Basically, you'll be able to pet them a bit, as they're quite tame. You're not supposed to bother the joeys (the baby kangaroos). This is to avoid upsetting the mom.

    The day that we spent time in the kangaroo habitat was a lazy afternoon, and most of the locals were taking it pretty easy.

    Kangaroos in the wild CAN be dangerous, and can give you a nasty kick, as could these more human-tolerating zoo critters if they were annoyed. Sometimes it's hard to know that, because they're so gentle and easy-going. If you bring kids on your trip, they'll love the kangaroo enclosure.

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    Australia Zoo. home of the Crocodile Hunter

    by 850prc Updated Jun 11, 2007

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    The Chamlis family cuddles up with a python. yikes
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    Anyone who's ever turned on the Animal Planet or Discovery Channel knows about Australia Zoo. Founded by legendary animal lover Steve Irwin (the Crocodile Hunter) and his parents (Bob and Lynne Irwin), the zoo has become famous the world over.

    I know a lot of you have issues with zoos. "I don't want to see animals in cages", etc. Let me tell you this, there is no better place on earth to live for an animal than Australia Zoo. HUGE native enclosures, healthcare and love that surpasses most national human programs and a dedicated staff who truly LOVE what they're doing.

    They're doing great work in Beerwah at Aussie Zoo, truly putting their money and fame where their hearts are.
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    Besides the directions listed below, you can also get to Australia Zoo by
    (TRAIN) Catch the "CrocTrain" from Brisbane Central Station to Beerwah, and a courtesy coach will pick you up in Beerwah and run you out to Australia Zoo.
    (COACH) from either the Gold Coast or Brisbane, contact Australia Day tours (1 300 363 436) or CC's Croc Connections (1 300 551 249)

    You can also get free courtesy coach pickup from Noosa Heads, Maroochhydore, Alex Headlands, Mooloolaba and Caloundra. Advance booking is essential, call (07) 5436 2000. (The zoo phone number)

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    Tigers.... Bonnie's favorite. :)

    by 850prc Updated Jun 10, 2007

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    Just a BIGGGGGG kitty

    One of the better demonstrations at the Crocoseum involves the zoo's group of gorgeous tigers. These beautiful big cats are truly majestic...impressive on a grand scale. It's so pathetic to learn that they continue to disappear from the wild, mostly because idiots feel the need to make aphrodisacs from their bones and "tiger parts", so to speak. To see these beautiful animals disappear from the wild would be a tragedy beyond belief.

    Look at the photo below... this is a young tiger. Look at his size! He's already taller than the keeper. And he loves his milk.

    C'mon folks. Viagra is everywhere on the 'net. Take that and leave the poor tigers alone.

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    Steve's Crocoseum (...and Panasonic's, too...)

    by 850prc Updated Jun 10, 2007

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    One of the more recent additions to the zoo is the Crocoseum, an outdoor arena seating some 8000 or so visitors. This is the place that many of the zoo's scheduled programs and demonstrations occur. You'll see crocodile feedings, wild bird shows and (Bonnie's favorite), the zoo's tigers. The Crocoseum was built with a generous donation from the Panasonic corporation. Panasonic has also contributed additional funds that are being used to purchase Australian wildlands, thereby saving them from future development. This is a huge part of what Steve and Terri Irwin do with the money generated by their zoo and TV empire.

    They're informative, entertaining for all ages, and free to all zoo visitors. There are several shows each day, check the schedule and visit your favorites.

    One thing that we received as part of our "behind the scenes", "VIP" visit was the chance to visit the crocodile holding ponds out back. It's really incredible how much thought was put into making sure that the Crocodiles remain healthy and happy in Beerway. Steve designed an incredible series of "canals" and gates that allow the introduction and removal of various crocodiles from the show in a safe manner.

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    The free petting zoo.

    by 850prc Updated Jun 10, 2007

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    If you feed her, she'll follow you like sheep!

    As with most zoos, Australia Zoo does have a free petting zoo. This is good place for much younger children to feed and pet lambs, goats and such. For the more involved zoo visitor, the opportunity to interact with zoo residents on a more exotic scale (Tiger walk, feeding the elephants, etc.) probably holds more interest. However, THOSE encounters are usually an additional charge. (The zoo folks had kindly comped them for Sara as part of her VIP visit)

    As for free "petting", there IS a nice kangaroo exhibit that most will enjoy as well. However, the petting zoo is still a blast for the young zoo visitors.

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    Camels down under...

    by 850prc Updated Jun 10, 2007

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    Hi gorgeous, what's your name?

    Camels are not native to Australia, but were imported downunder from the mideast in the late 19th century. Their ability to survive and work in the harsh desert environment made them a perfect choice for crews building rail lines and such across the unforgiving Australian interior. Eventually, many of these imported camels were turned loose into the wild, where they thrived and multiplied. In fact, I was told that Australian now has THE largest number of wild camels in the world, and that they actually export them TO the mideast. I know that sounds like Texas importing cowboy hats, but it's apparently true.

    I felt a little bit guilty petting Australia Zoo's camels, having enjoyed smoked camel on a dinner buffet in Alice Springs only a few days earlier. I'm sure guilt was written all over my face.

    As always, Sara made friends...seeing eye to eye with Steve's camels.

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    Cockatoos, and all sorts of exotic birds

    by 850prc Updated Jun 10, 2007

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    Megan and Sara share a pretty birdie

    My daughter LOVES exotic birds. We did, after all, essentially visit Tambopata in Peru to enjoy the clay lick gathering of the parrots and macaws. Sara would like nothing more than to have a bird. Seeing as how we own two cats, I think this is a bad idea. I know, I know, large birds such as cockatoos and macaws can hold their own against cats, it's just that I don't want to be hauling our silly kitties to and from the vet when THEY forget. One other thing, regarding exotic birds as pets, the last thing I need around the house is a pet that will outlive me. :)

    Australia is an amazing place for exotic birds. In the photo below, zookeeper Megan is showing us one of the zoo's cockatoos, a beautiful white tropical. What was wild to me was that we'd actually seen a flock of these birds wild and in the trees outside our hotel in Sydney. It's so different than back home.

    One other thing... everyone always knew about the late Steve Irwin's legendary kismet and way with animals. That did NOT extend to birds. Steve used to always get crossways with the feathered friends at the zoo. He was quoted many times as saying he'd rather deal with a croc in the wild than a cockatoo or parrot.

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    Feeding apples to the elephants

    by 850prc Updated Jun 10, 2007

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    We're gonna need more apples, Kev..
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    One of the special, "behind the scenes" encounters that Australia Zoo kindly comped for my daughter was the opportunity to feed the elephants. Bonnie, Sara and I, along with my VT buddy Kevin (k.knight) had a blast feeding apples to these gentle and impressive pachyderms.

    I did get the feeling that they could've eaten apples all afternoon, but I guess that's no surprise. It would take more than a bag full of Michigan beauties to fill these creatures up. And Kevin, I promise that what that elephant tried to do with his trunk to us is our secret. He probably misunderstood us when we said "do you want some peanuts"?

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    Dingo Love

    by 850prc Updated Jun 10, 2007

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    Wanna come home and eat my cats?
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    I've heard so many scary things about dingoes, I was surprised to see how beautiful and truly docile the ones at Australia Zoo were. Much like a beautiful dog, these dingoes were squired throughout the zoo visitors by staffers. My daughter loved getting her face licked by these beautiful canines from downunder.

    BTW, if you are a fan of Seinfeld, as are we, I'd suggest NOT cranking out Elaine's famous line, "Did the dingo eat YOUR baby?" The zookeepers have heard it about a zillion times and are unamused. The only frowns we saw from anyone associated with the zoo was when we made reference to the dingo eating your baby line.

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    The Croc Hunter has alligators, too...

    by 850prc Updated Jun 10, 2007

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    We came 10,000 miles from Florida.  A gator??
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    We live in Florida, and are more than familiar with the American alligator. Cousin to the freshwater crocs of down-under, we found friendly Florida reptilian faces on our visit to Australia Zoo. Unfortunately, we had to give the ex-patriot Americans the bad news that their habitat stateside continues to shrink.

    And, I'm just kidding when I joke about making the little alligator in the photo below into a pair of shoes. :)

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