Millions of guests and 10 years of the Crocoseum
When it comes to birthday milestones around the zoo, you can expect us to go all out... In this case, with a phenomenal Crocoseum-shaped cake and a huge guest list!
Visitors joined us from far and wide as Australia Zoo celebrated ten years since Steve achieved his dream of opening the Crocoseum. With an epic croc-feed and special video montage - the crowd reminisced on Steve's passion to build a place to showcase crocodiles in clear ponds, so people could learn more about this incredible species.
Ten years on from it's opening in 2004, the Crocoseum has hosted millions of visitors including the likes of the Dalai Lama and Russell Crowe. It has seen performances from huge names like Jimmy Barnes, Olivia Newton John and Jessica Mauboy, and been the location for over 4400 action-packed Wildlife Warriors shows to date!
The Crocoseum plays host to the daily Wildlife Warriors show which sees 15 different wildlife species swoop, soar and snap in an impressive display that still leaves Terri with a sense of pride.
"The Crocoseum is where we celebrate our dedication to Steve's legacy and welcome guests from around the world to learn about and become involved in the conservation of wildlife and wild places," Terri said.
"The Crocoseum's construction and subsequent success is proof that if, like Steve, you're passionate enough about something, you can make it happen; this is what we try to inspire in people every day through our Wildlife Warrior message," she said.
You can catch Terri, Bindi and Robert feeding the crocs every day these school holidays in an extended Wildlife Warriors show from Midday. Get there early to watch Bindi and The Jungle Girls performing live to our Crocoseum audience before the show at 11:30am - don't miss it!
Big cats battle it out at the Gabba this week!
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors' newest ambassadors, the Brisbane Lions, will take on the Richmond Tigers this Thursday April 17 in a battle of the big cats!
The Gabba will play host to a Lions vs Tigers showdown that will see Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors as the official match partner. The game follows the partnership announcement earlier this year that saw the Brisbane boys declare support for Australia Zoo's wildlife conservation projects.
The Brisbane Lions proudly sported their khaki ahead of the game during a visit to Australia Zoo last week, where they caught up with fellow warriors Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin. Dayne Zorko, Mitch Golby and Marco Paparone kicked the footy around with Robert and encouraged him to practice his coin toss for a "heads" ahead of the big game. In return, Robert taught the guys how to wrangle an American Alligator!
As well as meeting Clarence the Sumatran tiger cub and loads of Australia Zoo wildlife, the Lions also popped into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to make a special visit to Leo the koala. Leo was hit by a car and is currently receiving treatment for his broken leg in our Wildlife Hospital. The Lions were able to see the result of their Wildlife Warriors partnership and how donations are used to help animals just like little Leo.
On April 17, Australia Zoo will have a stall at Lions Park, just outside The Gabba stadium, where you can come and say hello and learn a bit more about becoming a Wildlife Warrior, just like the Irwin and Brisbane Lions families. "Feline" fans Terri, Bindi and Robert will also be present at the game - and will take to the field for a Q and A at quarter time, amongst other awesome activities!
For tickets to the game go to: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/Brisbane-Lions-tickets/artist/800824
If you aren't able to catch the Irwin family at the Brisbane Lions game - don't panic, they are here every day these school holidays! You can still score a chance to meet them on Easter Monday at Australia Zoo at our Crikey! Magazine signing. Just make sure you are one of the first 100 people to buy a subscription to our Crikey! Magazine and you can have your copy signed by Terri, Bindi and Robert.
Bindi Irwin talks conservation, song inspiration, and Easter chocolate
She's juggling life as a passionate conservationist, performer and high-school student - but busy Bindi Irwin still found time to have a chat to us about just how she does it!
You're working as an active wildlife warrior as well as a musician and actress, how do you manage your busy life?
We live at Australia Zoo which is wonderful because every day of my life is exciting. I'm truly living the dream. We do travel about half the year for filming and conservation work, but my mum always makes sure that when we are travelling for work we still get a little time off just to have fun. I am enrolled in Distance Education for school, which really works for us, because it's a program that fits around our busy schedule. When we are travelling, school just fits around it. We can travel with our school work because it is school of correspondence. I have completed my school tasks in the strangest places, on trains, boats, planes, in the middle of the Australian bush or in a high-rise apartment in Hong Kong.
Do you write your own lyrics for the Bindi and the Jungle Girls songs?
I work with the amazing Mark McDuff to develop the lyrics. We have so much fun! I have just recently recorded a new CD, which was released last year, but I certainly hope to record more music as it something that I am very passionate about!
Where do you find inspiration for your songs?
I've always loved music and singing, and found that there really isn't a lot of great music for younger kids. So, we decided to record a few albums with music with a message. I'm a strong believer in kid empowerment. I think that as kids we're the next voters, decision makers and generation to be making a difference on our planet. So I thought that it would be wonderful to be able to empower kids through music.
Tell us about your favourite song to perform?
I love performing the song My Dad, the song reflects the amazing journey I had with Dad and the fact that it was truly an adventure of a lifetime.
Do you have any Bindi & the Jungle Girls stories from behind-the-scenes that you can share with us?
Before every show we do a secret handshake. Our secret handshake changes every school holidays, but it's really funny! I'm sure that if anyone listened to our handshake war calls they'd think we were crazy! Our past handshakes have included shouts of Bonbons, slow lorris and crazy hashtags...
What are you most excited about for these Easter school holidays at Australia Zoo?
I'm excited to be celebrating the school holidays by doing croc shows in the Crocoseum with Mum and Robert, as well as the Jungle Girl shows! It will be stacks of fun and brilliant to say g'day to everyone who visits the zoo these holidays. We are looking forward to it! Oh...and chocolate on Easter...
What do you and your family get up to over the Easter break? Do you have any traditions?
Every year we visit my aunt and uncle's house and eat lots of yummy food and amazing chocolate. My uncle's family is Italian so they have the best food. We love them so much, and it's one tradition we never miss!
Find Out More!
- You can catch Bindi and the Jungle Girls performing live in the Crocoseum these school holidays at 11.30am daily before our 12 noon Wildlife Warriors show, where Bindi, Robert and Terri will be feeding the crocs! We're open every day this Easter break, check out all the action here: http://www.australiazoo.com.au/visit-us/calendar/283-easter-school-holiday-fun
Why the kids should run wild these school holidays!
We'll take the kids off your hands and let them run wild these school holidays when our Zoo Keeper for a Day program returns. If your kids love animals and have always wanted to spend the day behind-the-scenes with our wildlife - then we've got a program for you!
Our Zoo Keeper for a Day program is open to those aged 7 - 15 years of age, with a few different options available. Keen keepers aged from 7 - 10 years old can join our Khaki Discovery program, where you can scrub the shells of our ‘teenage' Aldabran tortoises, Igloo and Goliath. These guys are just 37 year-old, and expected to exceed 100 years of age - so they are on school holidays too!
Hand feed our cute camels, meet our wombats and experience our giraffes from new heights with our recently announced giraffe feeding platform. At the latter, you can feed our gorgeous giraffe Forrest his favourite foods of acacia leaves and carrots, and you may even be lucky enough to steal a kiss!
Those aged between 11 - 15 years old will love going behind closed doors with our cheeky lemurs in the Khaki Extreme program. This one is really special as our lemurs are off-display at the zoo - so it's a real treat to be able to meet and greet them, and get your photo snapped in the process! This program also includes echidna enrichment, feeding time with our rainforest aviary birds, and a behind-the-scenes look at where our rhinos sleep.
We've also got a Khaki Sensory program that has been specifically designed for those that, due to physical capabilities, may not be able to take part in our other programs. This one runs upon request and is open to kids of all ages. Have our informative keepers come to you and your carer with an array of wildlife and learn all about the animals in the process! From scaly and slippery to furry or feathered - it's a wildly personalised experience.
So you're about as excited as one of our leaping lemurs, but you're wondering what's included? You'll get hands-on with a huge selection of wildlife, lunch fit for a busy zoo keeper, and an Australia Zoo gift pack that includes your very own professional snap with one of our animals. It's a full-on day and bound to confirm what you probably suspected, we really do have the best jobs ever at Australia Zoo!
Spots are limited and book up quickly. Secure your role as a keeper today: https://www.australiazoo.com.au/education/zoo-keeper-for-a-day/
Entered our Facebook giveaway? You can win a pass for Zoo Keeper for a Day these school holidays, as well as admission for a family of four (2 adults and 2 kids) just by telling us in 25 words why you'd like to win! Comment your answer on this newsletter and be sure to share our Facebook post to go in the draw. The winner will be notified on Facebook on April 4 - just in time for school holidays! *Ticket subject to availability on chosen date. The Zoo Keeper for a Day program will run from April 5 - 21, 2014
St Patrick’s Day at Australia Zoo is Getting Greener!
Top o' the Mornin' to Ya! St. Patrick's Day is almost here, and Australia Zoo is celebrating all things Irish with loads of wildlife. Join us on March 17 when everything goes GREEN including heaps of zoo animals like our crocodilians, and gorgeous green iguana Jub Jub.
Guests will be encouraged to "talk like the Irish" by completing 10 classic Irish quotes hidden around the Zoo - going into the draw to win a ripper prize pack. You can also visit our awesome GO GREEN exhibition to learn how to help save the environment through conservation, as well as find information on volunteering at Australia Zoo, Wildlife Warriors, and all about our school education programs.
There will be prizes galore include the chance to win a year's supply of Peter's ice-cream for you and your family, plus free face-painting, kids games, and enjoy an array of animals including Jade the green python. And if you've got "the luck of the Irish" you may even find one of our hidden lucky coins around the Zoo and win a yummy green ice-cream from BW's ice creamery!
Staying with the green theme, Australia Zoo is committed to reducing its carbon footprint through a number of initiatives, including the building materials of our very own Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. So not only is this the busiest facility of its kind - it is also the greenest!
The hospital is an eco-friendly construction made from straw bale external walls, recycled water, and rammed earth internal walls. The floor is made from recycled materials, and the structure uses passes solar design principles to minimise energy consumption.
Within the zoo, we also minimise energy consumption with the use of power saving lights, as well as getting back to nature with natural lighting and air-flow. We also have a number of recycling initiatives, use biodegradable cleaning products and coffee cups, and have proudly developed the Answer the Call mobile phone recycling program that saves gorillas in central Africa.
If you'd like to get involved in working towards a greener world, head to our Wildlife Warriors page and find out how to be a more conscious consumer: http://www.wildlifewarriors.org.au/conscious_consumer/index.html
And we hope you'll be able to join us at Australia Zoo this March 17 to do an Irish jig and celebrate St. Patrick's Day! For more information and to buy tickets, go to: https://www.australiazoo.com.au/visit-us/calendar/281-st.-patricks-day