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Australia Zoo and Greyhound team up to boost Sunshine Coast tourism!

The Australia Zoo crew brought their animal friends along to launch the new Greyhound Australia service!

Yesterday, two of Queensland's most iconic brands, Australia Zoo and Greyhound Australia, proudly launched an exciting new and improved coach service connecting passengers in Noosa to Australia Zoo in Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast.

Joined by 91.9 Sea FM's BarRat, Jess and guest host Lisa Hyde, plus Australia Zoo's exotic wildlife; holiday-makers, backpackers and Noosa locals enjoyed a free breakfast at Noosa Heads to celebrate the launch. Those that joined in the launch at the Noosa Heads bus terminal were also able to meet and get photographed with an impressive boa constrictor, iguana, and colourful macaws - residents of Australia Zoo's newest exhibit, Bindi's Island!

The red Greyhound coaches now feature colourful Bindi's Island branding, showing off Australia Zoo's beautiful macaws and the incredible three-storey treehouse featured in the new island exhibit. With the new and improved service running daily and on the roads now, tourists and locals can be easily connected between Noosa and the iconic conservation destination and major tourist attraction.

The launch marks the continuation of a solid partnership that will not only boost tourism opportunities on the Sunshine Coast, but contribute significantly to the wildlife conservation efforts of Australia Zoo - with a $2 conservation contribution per passenger being donated to Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors with each Greyhound travel and entry package purchased.

This conservation donation is expected to amount to almost $50,000 per year, generating much-needed funds to save sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife patients at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, the major project of Australia Zoo's charity, Wildlife Warriors.

The Noosa to Australia Zoo service has various stops along the way, including Peregian, Coolum, Maroochydore and Mooloolaba to ensure that visitors to Australia Zoo can enjoy a relaxing day out without the hassle of driving.

To book tickets or to find out more about this service, head to: www.greyhound.com.au/content/australia-zoo

Australia Zoo's animal stars paint to save wildlife!

Anthony the cockatoo helps out Mitch Gobel with his artwork.

Melbourne-based artist, Mitch Gobel, officially announced his $25,000 donation from art sales to Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors last week, with the assistance of a few of Australia Zoo's wildlife stars!

The unique artist and Wildlife Warrior has been busy adding the finishing touches to his custom artwork over two days on site at Australia Zoo, with the aim of hanging the artwork in the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital as a token of his generous donation to the charity.

Some precious Australia Zoo residents including Edna the koala and Anthony the sulphur-crested cockatoo helped Mitch out with their painting skills, leaving their footprints on the artwork to represent the plight of their cousins in the wild.

Inspired by Steve Irwin's legacy to protect wildlife and wild places, Mitch quit his job in horticulture almost one year ago to pursue a life-long dream creating art that reflects the beauty of the natural world, and to save wildlife in the process. His unique resin artwork is unlike any other, and as the art world recognises his talent, Mitch's contribution to the conservation efforts of Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors grows.

Mitch said he was happy with his artwork, and was excited to be continuing his contribution to wildlife conservation.

"I was expecting the animals to be ice-skating a bit on the resin surface, but it's turned out really well," said Mitch.

"Conservation is the driving force behind my artwork, and Steve and Terri are pioneers in saving wildlife and wild places so I'm really proud to be supporting Wildlife Warriors and the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital," he added.

Wildlife Warriors' key conservation project, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, has treated over 55,000 native Australian wildlife patients in its ten year history. This generous donation from Mitch will go toward the ongoing treatment of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife at the hospital.

To learn more about Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors' work or to donate to their projects, visit www.wildlifewarriors.org.au

The Bachelor runner-up, Lisa Hyde is Australia Zoo’s “love coach” this Valentine’s Day

The Bachelor runner-up, Lisa Hyde  is Australia Zooâs âlove coachâ this Valentineâs Day

Love is many things, and blind is just one of them this Valentine’s Day as Australia Zoo opens its doors to 10 hopeful singles, as part of a radio promotion with 91.9 Sea FM on the Sunshine Coast.

The lucky contenders will be paired up on-air before being sent on a romantic date to Australia Zoo on February 14. While the idea of a blind date is daunting to some, there’s great motivation to win the main prize – an ice-breaking animal encounter with “love coach” Lisa Hyde, as seen on the 2014 season of The Bachelor.

One of the five couples will win the chance to kick-start their date with a lemur encounter with Lisa! Given her experience with first dates on The Bachelor, Lisa’s got some tips and tricks up her sleeve that she’ll share with the couple as they get to know each other better while hand-feeding the ring-tailed lemurs.

Lisa’s time on The Bachelor with Blake gave her great insights into conversation starters and ways to handle a first date, and with that in mind, she’s excited to help make two stranger’s Valentine’s Day run a little bit smoother.

“First dates are so exciting! And what could be better than a date to a private island full of lemurs?” Lisa said.

“I’m so thrilled to be a part of it. It’s a Valentine’s Day treat for me too!” she added.

The winning couple will take a journey to their own exclusive Lemur Island, where they’ll hand-feed and pat the friendly troupe of ring-tailed lemurs. And all five couples will be able to explore the neighbouring new attraction Bindi’s Island, on Valentine’s Day, as well as the African Savannah, South-East Asia and much more.

Australia Zoo is also sharing the love with everyone on February 14, with live entertainment, themed activities and prizes to be won - including a romantic 2 night getaway! To find out more about our extra special Valentine’s Day event or to spoil your loved one with an animal encounter, head to www.australiazoo.com.au

Tune into 91.9 Sea FM Breakfast for more details on how you can score your wild Valentine’s Day date to Australia Zoo! Already keen? Pre-register to play, here: http://www.919seafm.com.au/win/radio-tinder/

Bindi Irwin officially opens Bindi's Island with a tropical party!

Terri Irwin joins one of the island dancers in celebrating the opening of Bindi's Island!

Lemurs swung from the treetops, giant Aldabran tortoises celebrated with hibiscus cake, and Bindi Irwin this morning welcomed media and special competition winners to the grand opening of Bindi's Island with a tropical themed party!

Three lucky families, who won the experience through a Channel Seven Sunrise competition, were the first guests to step foot on the island with Bindi this morning. They were greeted on arrival with leis, traditional island dancers, drummers and ukulele players, drinking coconuts and island mocktails before departing on a special tour of the new exhibit with Bindi.

Mingling with the Hon. Mal Brough MP, a strong supporter of local tourism on the Sunshine Coast, and the Irwin family; guests were also able to get up close with Bindi's island friends including colourful macaws, boa constrictors, and even an alligator snapping turtle.
From the amazing three-storey treehouse, visitors were treated to views of Australia Zoo's ring-tailed Lemurs, frolicking on their own island and on display for the very first time!

This incredible, authentic jungle treehouse is based on Bindi's treehouse in her childhood TV series, Bindi the Jungle Girl, and the film Return to Nim's Island - and its views of Lemur Island allow guests to see Vatobe, Betafo, Mandaby and their new friend all the way from Colchester Zoo in the UK, Stan, show off their cheeky and loveable personalities.

The new attraction offers a compelling point of difference to encourage visitation to Australia Zoo and Queensland's Sunshine Coast. With support from the Federal Government in the form of a $110,000 Tourism Grant for Bindi's Island, the Australia Zoo team have been able to fulfil yet another one of Steve Irwin's long-term dreams.

Following a well-received opening on Boxing Day, December 26, Bindi said she was excited to officially declare her island open to the public.

"I am so proud of the hard work that our Australia Zoo family put into creating Bindi's Island. It is truly amazing to see Dad's dream come true, after he first breathed life into this project over 10 years ago," said Bindi.

"I feel blessed beyond words to be able to experience the joy that the island brings to all those who visit Australia Zoo." she added.

The Hon. Mal Brough MP, said: "It is so great to see another one of Steve's dreams realised. The Irwin family and Australia Zoo continue to do great things for the Sunshine Coast and for wildlife conservation and I am pleased that this Federal Government grant is contributing to their continued success".

Bindi's Island is now open to the public, and is included in the admission price to Australia Zoo. For more information on the island and to buy tickets to Australia Zoo, visit: www.australiazoo.com.au/bindi-island/

Enjoy a holiday in a day at Australia Zoo this summer!

Enjoy a holiday in a day at Australia Zoo this summer!

Pack your sense of adventure and your island attire when you visit Australia Zoo these summer holidays - because we've got loads of exciting activities happening to see you into the new year!

Budding zoo keepers will love that the Zoo Keeper for a Day program is back these school holidays, boasting the best of zoo keeper life for those aged 7 - 15 years of age. Taking you behind the scenes to get hands on with some of Australia Zoo's most loved wildlife, this action-packed day makes the ideal holiday treat or last-minute Christmas present!

And for adults and children alike, we know that everyone just loves a treehouse! Bindi's treehouse will span 10 metres with three different levels available to take in the sights. Enjoy the views of neighbouring lemur island with the ring-tailed lemurs on display for the first time, or check out the rest of what Bindi's Island has to offer including boa constrictors, giant Aldabran tortoises and colourful macaws. From the top level, guests can enjoy birds-eye views of our African Savannah, including the impressive white rhinos - giving you a full holiday experience in just one day!

Bindi's Island will open on December 26, and shortly afterwards, on January 2nd, the official ‘Jungle Girl' herself will perform daily with her dance troupe! Bindi and the Jungle Girls will perform from 11:30am each day between January 2 - 16 in the Crocoseum, so you can sing and dance along to their catchy tunes before watching on as Bindi joins Robert and Terri feeding the crocs in the Wildlife Warriors show.

You can even be lucky enough to meet Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin on January 16 if you are one of the first 100 people to buy any Australia Zoo book from the Crocoseum Boutique on the day. Have them sign your choice of book - be it Terri Irwin's My Steve, Robert Irwin's Big Book of Dinosaurs or one of Bindi's Wildlife Adventures books. You can also shop these in our online retail shop for a great Christmas gift idea!

We'll have free face painting until 11am on the weekends, pony rides running from December 26 - January 16, and a major prize draw. You'll also be able to come see Santa and have your photo taken with him alongside an awesome alligator daily at 1:30pm until December 24!

Australia Zoo is open every day these summer holidays aside from Christmas Day, so get set to join us for an a tropical escape or island adventure like no other! Check out all the details here.