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Australia Zoo’s Great Garage Sale Goes Twilight

Australia Zooâs Great Garage Sale Goes Twilight

Calling all Stallholders and Bargain Hunters!

On Saturday 8th August, Australia Zoo will host our annual Great Garage Sale - but this year with a difference. At the special new twilight time of 3-7pm, these highly-anticipated markets will really come alive with live entertainment, food, an array of interesting stalls, face painting and lots of family fun!

We're calling out for stall holders to dust off their unwanted goods, bring them along to Australia Zoo and host your very own market stall. From just the cost of a $30 donation to Australia Zoo's charity, Wildlife Warriors, you could be selling your pre-loved items ranging from clothing, crafts, food, toys and more.

So start your spring cleaning early - Book your own stall to host and make yourself some cash at Australia Zoo's Great Garage Sale. It's true what they say: "One man's trash is another man's treasure," so let's reuse, renew and recycle and turn your goods into someone else's prized possession!

Guests can spend the day exploring Australia Zoo then stop by for some market shopping in our carpark on your way home, or make the twilight event a destination in itself... The choice is yours.

The mood will be set by Queensland local and rising star, Dean Powter's acoustic tunes, and delicious food stalls will keep hungry tummies full as you explore all the shopping Beerwah has to offer.

Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin will be donating their pre-loved goodies for a special stall, so come browse through their books, clothing, toys and more to score yourself a bargain from the original Wildlife Warriors themselves!

Australia Zoo's Great Garage Sale is an annual fundraiser for Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, the charity started by Steve and Terri Irwin in 2002. And to help raise much-needed funds for our conservation projects, we will also be launching an online e-bay auction to coincide with the event - selling an incredible Jet Ski once owned by Steve Irwin himself! More information on how you could score this iconic piece of Australian memorabilia will be released shortly, with the e-bay auction commencing at 8pm Thursday July 30.

We hope you can be involved in our exciting Australia Zoo Great Garage Sale!

Stallholders: Email lindsayb@australiazoo.com.au before 8th August if you would like to hold a stall from just a $30 contribution to Wildlife Warriors. You keep all the money you make on the day!

Visitors / Market explorers: Come to the Australia Zoo car park between 3 - 7pm on Saturday 8th August to find yourself some treasures, helping raise much-need funds for wildlife in the process!

For further information, go to: http://www.australiazoo.com.au/visit-us/calendar/372-australia-zoos-great-garage-sale

Embarking on another exciting year of croc research!

Embarking on another exciting year of croc research!

The Irwin family, Australia Zoo and University of Queensland team are gearing up for the 2015 crocodile research trip, with preparations in full swing!

This team of highly experienced crocodile experts are this week joining forces and making their way to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, a pristine 335,000 acre conservation property on Queensland's Cape York Peninsula, where they'll spend the month of August studying crocodiles in the Wenlock River.

Australia Zoo, in partnership with the University of Queensland and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, now manage the longest continuous study of crocodiles in the world, with 129 currently being tracked in the Wenlock River - a number that continues to expand each year.

Using the advanced ‘capture and study' technique invented by Steve Irwin himself when he first began studying crocodiles in 1996, Professor Craig Franklin and his team from the University of Queensland - along with Australia Zoo's croc experts - will make use of satellite tracking devices to determine new information about the species, ultimately helping to protect people and crocodilians around the world.

Research from previous trips has been vital in teaching us that crocs can spend more than three (and it is believed up to seven) hours underwater; we've unlocked secrets regarding their diet, crucial information on their movement patterns, and much more to aid in the conservation of these incredible apex predators.

In particular, 2014 marked an exciting new era as the Eskitis Institute, a drug discovery research centre at Griffith University, brought their important research to the Reserve - further expanding its use for life saving research.

As we continue to move forward with our research, 2015 will see us recapture crocodiles we've been following for the past 3-6 years to ascertain diet, examine environmental drivers for movement and behavioural patterns of crocodiles with a focus on temperature, and deploy satellite-dive transmitters to look at long-scale movements and diving behaviour.

We also aim to broaden the horizons this year by venturing into a larger multi-species study, which involves not only deploying acoustic tags in large estuarine crocodiles, but also other aquatic species in the Wenlock River. We aim to eventually track over 230 animals in the river, and this will allow us to monitor them for the next 7-10 years.

In a first for the trip, we've also opened the experience up to volunteers through our partnership with Australian Geographic Magazine.

Terri Irwin is thrilled to be continuing and progressing Steve's important research with crocodiles in Cape York.

"The work we're doing on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve will benefit both people and wildlife. When it comes to managing crocodiles, we are learning that it is actually more important to manage people. Learning how to keep people safe from crocodiles will ultimately protect visitors to croc territory as well as the crocodilians themselves," said Terri.

This year's trip is sure to be another success, but we rely on donations from individuals and corporations in order to keep this vital research project alive. Anyone interested in finding out more, sponsoring a croc or donating money or items from our Croc Trip Wish List should go to: http://www.australiazoo.com.au/conservation/projects/crocodiles/

And follow us on social media for regular updates on the 2015 croc trip!

Bindi invites you to celebrate her 17th Birthday 'Luau'!

Bindi invites you to celebrate her 17th Birthday 'Luau'!

Bindi Irwin is set to escape the Australian winter for a day and step out into her Birthday ‘Luau' party at Australia Zoo. Leave the winter woollies at home and grab your island gear because the zoo will be turning into an action packed, island playground adventure!

Australia Zoo is throwing Bindi a huge 17th Birthday Luau on July 24 with Heilani Polynesian Dancers, Hula Dancing workshops and even a chance to try your hand at surfing with the team from Coolum Surf School. And the best part? Kids 14 years and under get in FREE!

Australia Zoo is excited to offer everyone the chance to celebrate with Bindi - and escape to the tropics for the day surrounded by all your favourite animals. There's so much to do and see, with Bindi, Terri and Robert feeding the crocs LIVE in the Crocoseum, the Sand in your Eyes team creating majestic masterpieces right before your eyes, a Tiki Bar serving delicious tropical mocktails - and you can even test your skills on the mechanical surfboard!

Guests are invited to dress up in their favourite ‘Island Luau' attire and enter our Fashion Parade for the chance to win some awesome prizes. And of course, it wouldn't be a true birthday celebration without some delicious birthday cake to sink your teeth into!

Our talented face-painters will be available until 11am, eager to transform your face into a colourful work of art. And why not visit our Surf Living Saving Queensland volunteers as they take a break from savings lives to play a few games and have some fun!

You're bound to be a little tired after entering our colouring competition, taking a pony ride at Bindi's Pony Trails and dancing with our authentic Hawaiian dance troupe, so we've also organised a screening of Return to Nim's Island in the Crocoseum to finish off your day.

Australia Zoo will open doors early on Bindi's birthday, with our ukulele players set to give you a warm, tropical welcome from 8am. Come and say Aloha to Bindi and help make this the most memorable birthday ever!

Click here for more information.

World-famous Phantom and Lizzy released back to the wild!

World-famous Phantom and Lizzy released back to the wild!

After garnering worldwide attention when images were released of Phantom the koala joey cuddling up to his mum Lizzy for comfort during her surgery last month, the famous koala duo from the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital have now been released back to the wild near Ipswich in Queensland, where they were originally found.

Lizzy was hit by a car and taken to the RSPCA Queensland for life-saving emergency surgery, with little Phantom miraculously unharmed in her pouch. The pair were then brought to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for treatment and rehabilitation last month, with Phantom clinging to Lizzy for support during her treatment and check-ups to help heal the chest trauma and collapsed lung she suffered as a result of the accident.

Fortunately, Lizzy's condition continued to improve every day, and last week Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital vets cleared both koalas for release due to their clean bill of health. Lizzy was tagged and microchipped in preparation for the release.

Phantom and Lizzy's story has certainly made an impact on staff at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, RSPCA and people from all over the world. Wildlife Veterinarian, Dr Rebecca Millers, has been treating both Phantom and Lizzy since they were first brought into the hospital and was delighted to witness them make their way back into the wild.

"There's nothing more rewarding than achieving a successful rehabilitation for these two beautiful koalas. They weren't with us for long but in the short time we had them, we all fell completely in love with this adorable pair," said Dr Millers.

"Phantom was very affectionate; clinging to his mum for comfort during her procedure, but soon after, Lizzy was the one doing all the cuddling. We hope they continue their loving relationship as they settle back into life in the wild," she said.

"There were grave concerns for Lizzy when she came in but thankfully she was able to be stabilised," said RSPCA Qld Wildlife Coordinator Lee Pirini.

"Sadly, great outcomes like these do not happen often enough and with trauma season just around the corner it is paramount that organisations such as Australia Zoo and RSPCA QLD work closely together to achieve the best possible outcomes for all wildlife. I would personally like to thank the vets and nurses at Australia Zoo for their support and expertise and of course we look forward to working together on future cases as they arise," said Lee.

As we approach trauma season - the busiest and most confronting time of the year - Australia Zoo's Wildlife Hospital staff are getting ready for an influx of koala admissions. From August to February, similar koala cases to that of Phantom and Lizzy peak, with animals being more active during the warmer weather and sustaining injuries caused by car accidents and domestic animal attacks.

With over 100 koalas in care at any one time during busy seasons and an average of 70 - 80 koalas coming through the hospital every month, our work has never been more important.

Koala treatment can cost up to $5,000 per koala. Every donation goes a long way towards helping the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital save lives and create positive outcomes for patients just like Phantom and Lizzy. To donate or learn more, go to: www.wildlifewarriors.org.au

Wildlife Warriors and Black Milk Clothing celebrate Shark Week in style!

Wildlife Warriors and Black Milk Clothing celebrate Shark Week in style!

Bindi Irwin has been collaborating with one of her favourite Australian clothing brands, Black Milk Clothing, on an exciting partnership that will help wildlife through a new range of clothes - raising much-needed funds for Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.

Black Milk Clothing regularly connects with initiatives that work towards the sustainability of Australia's unique natural landscape, and as their company mascot is a shark - each year they engage with Shark Week to support shark conservation.

This year, Black Milk have partnered with Bindi and Wildlife Warriors to create a collection of Shark Week inspired clothing, of which $1 from every product sold will be donated towards Grey Nurse Shark conservation - aiding in the protection of this beautiful and reserved species that keeps largely to themselves.

Wildlife Warriors support Grey Nurse Shark conservation through a partnership with the University of Queensland and Fauna & Flora International. Wildlife Warriors' marine research vessel, ‘Croc One' is used to conduct research with these partners into the location of gestation sites used by the critically endangered east coast Australian population of Grey Nurse Sharks, in addition to the rescue and release of other marine animals.

Wildlife Warriors' marine conservation work also includes sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation. To show our appreciation for Black Milk's support, the Irwin family invited the Black Milk Clothing team along on the Croc One vessel to participate in the release one of our rehabilitated sea turtle, Reba.

The Black Milk Clothing Wildlife Warriors Shark Week clothing pieces will be available on their website for purchase for a limited two week period, from Tuesday 7th July to Tuesday 21st July. If you'd like to celebrate Shark Week in style and support Grey Nurse Shark conservation at the same time, be sure to visit the Black Milk website and get your own limited edition shark piece!

To purchase your Shark Week statement piece, visit: http://blackmilkclothing.com/

To find out more about Wildlife Warriors, University of Queensland and Fauna & Flora International's Grey Nurse Shark conservation initiative, go to: http://www.wildlifewarriors.org.au/conservation-projects/marine-conservation/