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Dinosaurs take over Australia Zoo for the launch of Jurassic World!

Dinosaurs take over Australia Zoo for the launch of Jurassic World!

Don't know your Deinosuchus from your Australovenator? Don't worry - we've got it covered these school holidays at Australia Zoo when you join us for our Jurassic Dinosaur Hunt!

To celebrate the cinema release of JURASSIC WORLD, Australia Zoo is going dinosaur crazy from June 27 to July 12, with an awesome Jurassic-themed treasure hunt and special exhibits!

Grab your free map and palaeontology kit before setting off on an adventure around Australia Zoo's 105 acre facility. On the Jurassic Dinosaur Hunt you'll be able marvel at our real-life, prehistorically-connected animals such as crocodiles, cassowaries and wombats as well as special dinosaur artefacts from the Queensland Museum and Robert Irwin's personal collection.

Kids and adults will love learning all about how Australia Zoo's animals are connected to dinosaurs, including birds, reptiles and even mammals. It's an educational adventure for the whole family to enjoy together - with a special treasure as a reward at the end!

Other dinosaur treats include the chance to view Robert's personal dinosaur fossil collection, which has never before been seen by the public. In addition, there'll be an incredible fossil cast on loan from the Queensland Museum: The "Isisfordia" - The Great Grandfather of all crocodiles and alligators, which existed on the earth almost 100 million years ago.

Guests will love getting photographed with a brand new permanent dinosaur fixture at Australia Zoo, an impressive "Allosaurus" that will add to the long list of Robert's dinosaur statues around the zoo. And don ‘t forget to stay alert while on the Jurassic Dinosaur Hunt, there will be a new dinosaur character joining Australia Zoo over the holidays that may just jump out of the bushes when you least expect him to!

Screenings of "Jurassic Park", "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" and "Jurassic Park 3" will take place at various times in our world-famous Crocoseum, there will be special dinosaur-themed Zoo Keeper for a Day programs on offer, and there's the chance to win some awesome Jurassic World prizes!

For all the details on this dinosaur takeover of Australia Zoo, visit the Jurassic Dinosaur Hunt event page here.

Croc on the loose: help us #CaptureCameron!

Croc on the loose: help us #CaptureCameron!

Australia Zoo has got a 1 tonne, 8.23 metre saltwater crocodile by the name of Cameron that’s on the loose, and they’re calling for families to help capture him in May!

It’s not going to be easy given his size – so Australia Zoo have asked families to bring their croc-jumping crew, sense of adventure, and lastly, their cameras. That’s right, guests will have to prove they’ve wrangled Cameron by posting their most creative family photo to Facebook.

Fortunately for visitors, Cameron is made of fibre glass and concrete – so he won’t bite. Australia Zoo are simply asking visitors in May to capture their most creative family photo “jumping” Cameron the croc statue (located just near the American alligators) for the chance to win a Sunshine Coast family holiday valued at over $5000.

The lucky winners will score 5 nights’ accommodation at the Oaks Oasis resort in Caloundra for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 14 and under. During their 5 night stay on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, they’ll be able to choose a day to visit Australia Zoo for their VIP Platinum experience! Valued at $4000 for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 14 and under, the family will be able to go behind-the-scenes for an action-packed day with Australia Zoo’s wildlife. The winners will be able to tweak their schedule around animals that appeal most to them, where they’ll be whisked around by their private tour guide with a photographer on-hand to capture the day!

To enter:

1.  Visit Australia Zoo in May and take your most CREATIVE family shot wrangling Cameron the crocodile

2.  Upload this photo to your Facebook page with the tag #CaptureCameron AND share it to the Australia Zoo Facebook page so they can see your entry!

3.  Wait until May 31st when entries close, and the Australia Zoo panel select the best photo to win the awesome Sunshine Coast family holiday. 

This is a game of skill, so get thinking how you and your family will take the most creative shot! Terms and conditions apply for this competition. Check them out here: http://australiazoo.com.au/capture-cameron/capture_cameron_terms_and_conditions.pdf

Let mum run WILD this Mother's Day at Australia Zoo!

Let mum run WILD this Mother's Day at Australia Zoo!

All mum really wants this Mother's Day is just a chance to let her hair down and run wild, even if only for one day in a year. Give her that (while treating the rest of the family in the process) and come join us for our Mother's Day event at Australia Zoo!

She'll be able to explore 110 acres with over 1200 animals on display, including the cheeky ring-tailed lemurs that are now roaming free amongst guests on Bindi's Island! Let them say hi to mum as the cheeky troop jump from tree to tree around their tropical paradise, surrounded by their island friends.

The kids will be entertained as they feed the kangaroos, pat the koalas in Koala Walk-Through, and meet our roving wildlife on admission. Not to mention taking part in our awesome #CaptureCameron competition for May with the chance to win a $5000 family holiday. Simply take your family photo wrangling Cameron the crocodile statue and upload it to Facebook to be in the running. Be sure to check out all the details for that one here.

But don't worry, there's some classic Mother's Day treats included too! Visit us on Sunday May 10 so mum can enjoy FREE massages and FREE morning tea served by The Jungle Boys - which will include some delicious treats from Lindt Chocolate.

The rest of the family will also enjoy all the games and activities, including the return of Kiss-a-Critter! Pucker up and prepare to get a big smooch from some of our special animals in order to win some great prizes.

Kidsafe Queensland will also be dropping by for Mother's Day in order to keep us up-to-date about new and existing dangers, trends in injuries, and the latest research and methods for reducing injuries in children. They'll be providing FREE child restraint vehicle checks from 2pm at Australia Zoo, to ensure you have the right car restraint for your child! More details on Kidsafe's visit can be found here.

Lastly, if you want to spoil mum that little bit extra, book her in for an encounter with her favourite animal! Walk with a cheetah, feed a giraffe or play with the otters - there are so many options to choose from. Be sure to give mum a Mother's Day she won't forget by joining us at Australia Zoo on Sunday!

Take a walk (or run) on the wild side!

Will you take part in the "Wombats" 2km run?

Australia Zoo is opening its gates early on Sunday May 3 for a fun run like no other, as guests venture through the zoo at dawn.

Running or walking past a bunch of early-risers like our rhinos and our zebras, Run on the Wild Side participants can check out some of Africa's majestic animals while raising money for a worthy cause - the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Participants can help the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital continue treating sick and injured wildlife by taking part in a 5 KM run, 2 KM run, or 2 KM walk. The hospital has treated over 57,000 patients to date, and will be open to participants after the run so they can see exactly what they are supporting!

Wildlife Warriors Ambassador and media personality, Tim Dormer, will be participating in the race. Although we're not sure whether he's a runner or a walker, we can guarantee he'll be up for a chat if you see him!

Meanwhile Australia Zoo's Vet and resident marathon champion, Dr Mel Panayiotou, will be there to fire the starting gun and to cheer participants on after returning from the Olympic trials in Scotland.

Participants can take part in free warm-up sessions on the morning with personal trainers from Goodlife Health Club in Maroochydore, and will also receive a free 2-week trial at the gym to keep up their fitness for next year! They'll also receive their own run kit with some goodies from media sponsors Hot 91.1 FM and Zinc 96.1 FM, and will have access to the "Koala Central" market area for post-run refreshments.

While runners are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled for a wombat or tortoise along the course, Australia Zoo has also offered $10 off admission to participants after the race for an extended wildlife experience.

More details and tickets for the event can be found here: http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/runonthewildside

Run on the Wild Side registrations open from 6am at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital on Sunday May 3, if participants have not registered online. Australia Zoo will be open to members of the public as usual from 9am.

You're invited to dinner with the Irwin family and their wildlife!

You're invited to dinner with the Irwin family and their wildlife!

This year’s Dine with the Wildlife guest list has a few extra special additions, and they may not be who you expected!

Australia Zoo’s cheetahs, dingoes and koalas are just some of the special guests joining the Irwin family at the upcoming ANZAC Day event, where Australia Zoo visitors are invited to stay for dinner.

With the zoo opening at 1:30pm on Saturday April 25th, guests are encouraged to spend the afternoon exploring before joining Terri, Bindi and Robert at a special screening of Steve Irwin’s war documentary, Ghosts of War. Then, as the sun starts to set, the animals come out to play!

There’ll be a photo wall and professional photographers on hand to snap guests with their favourite animals before a buffet dinner is served.  Guests are also invited to take part in a meet and greet with the Irwin family, and to grab a photo with them too.

Those that visit the zoo in the afternoon can even take part in the silent auction to place a bid for seats at the Irwin family dinner table! With all funds raised from the auction going directly towards the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, this worthy cause could have guests chatting about dinosaurs with Robert, or about Steve’s amazing adventures with Terri.

The silent auction will close at 4:30pm, so be sure dig deep for native wildlife to land this amazing opportunity for dinner with the Irwin family.  

Tickets for this event include the afternoon at Australia Zoo and are $89 for adults and $65 for kids. Annual pass holders can join in on the screening and dinner for a special discounted rate, with bookings to be made by calling 07 5436 2000.

Australia Zoo will be open on ANZAC Day from 1:30pm – 5:30pm where the Irwin family will feed the crocs in an exclusive Wildlife Warriors show. For more information and ticket sales for Dine with the Wildlife, head to:  http://www.australiazoo.com.au/visit-us/calendar/346-dine-with-the-wildlife