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Inaugural conservation award finalists announced!

Inaugural conservation award finalists announced!

For the first time ever, Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors will be presenting a series of conservation awards at the annual Steve Irwin Gala Dinner, taking place on November 22 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Through the inaugural award ceremony, outstanding individuals and organisations will be recognised for their commitment to conservation, in five different award categories.

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors have announced the list of award finalists ahead of the prestigious Steve Irwin Gala Dinner, which celebrates the life and legacy of Steve Irwin as well as raise much-needed funds for the charity.

Candidates for the new awards were chosen for their commitment and contributions to wildlife conservation locally, nationally and around the globe and for their support of Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors in 2013-2014.

Finalists for the awards include:

Wildlife Conservation Award for an individual:
Dr Philip Moses
Carolyn Ferguson

Wildlife Conservation Award for a group:
Discovery Kids
The Patricia Dukes Foundation
SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund

Corporate Partner Award:
AAT Kings

In addition, the winners of the inaugural Visionary Wildlife Warrior Award will be honored at the event. This new award encouraged young conservationists to showcase their contribution to wildlife conservation in their local communities throughout Australia and the world. With an impressive suite of entries received, two entrants were selected as winners - Corey Roff from Australia and Braden Benz from the USA.

Finally, the winner of the Outstanding Conservation Achievement Award will be revealed at the event on 22 November 2014.

Limited tickets for the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner are still available for purchase, with all proceeds supporting the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Book your tickets online at: http://steveirwinday.org/events/gala-dinner/


Spooky costumes, games and DEVILS at Australia Zoo this Halloween!

Spooky costumes, games and DEVILS at Australia Zoo this Halloween!

Australia Zoo is gearing up for a spooktacular event this Halloween - celebrating with games, competitions and our always-in-costume characters, our DEVILS!

But they aren’t the scary kind, despite their spooky calls and their sharp teeth. In fact, our keepers say that Tasmanian Devils are some of their favourite animals in the zoo! Did you know that more than 5000 years ago, Tassie Devils were prevalent in all areas of Australia? These days they are only found in the wild in Tasmania, as their name suggests, and are considered endangered.

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors raises funds for causes that search for a cure for the Devil Facial Tumour Disease, the cause of their depletion in numbers. You can come see our Tassie Devils at Australia Zoo this Halloween - including Ebony and Raine. Or for an extra special Halloween treat for yourself (and these guys) you could adopt one of them, with proceeds from your adoption put back into conservation!

We’ll have plenty of other treats on the day including free spooky face-painting until 11am, a fancy dress competition, and a chance to win some great prizes by finding the black cats hidden around the zoo! We’re also giving you the opportunity to be the judge of our staff pumpkin carving competition, so you can pick the winner.

There’ll be plenty of games including Zombie Races and the Super Spider Egg Snatch, as well as the chance to brave the giant croc slide with a scare factor of a different kind.

And for those that get in the gates early, the race is on to get to the Australia Zoo Information Desk to secure one of the 40 tickets available to watch Surviving Earth in an exclusive screening with Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin. Bindi features in this climate change documentary that aims to highlight the effect humanity has had on the earth. Tickets available from 9am on October 31 at the Information Desk for a $10 donation to Wildlife Warriors – but be sure to watch the preview first, just in case this is a bit too spooky for the little ones!

There’s plenty of treats on us this Halloween, Friday October 31st at Australia Zoo. Tickets available here.

Terri Irwin thrilled to be announced as 2015 Queensland Australian of the Year finalist!

Terri Irwin has been recognised as a finalist for the 2015 Australian of the Year awards for Queensland.

Wildlife Warrior Terri Irwin has joined Adam Scott, Hetty Johnson and Johnathan Thurston as Queensland finalists for the 2015 Australian of the Year award.

The four contenders from different walks of life have equally been recognised for their significant contribution to the community.

Acknowledged for her conservation work with both Australia Zoo and its charity Wildlife Warriors, as well as successfully saving the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve from strip mining last year – Terri Irwin’s environmental contributions to the community are noteworthy.

Terri Irwin said she was thrilled to be honored alongside the other finalists from Queensland.

“I am extremely humbled to be recognised as a Queensland finalist for the Australian of the Year awards alongside Adam Scott, Hetty Johnson and Johnathan Thurston.

“I’m proud of the conservation work we do at Australia Zoo and through our charity Wildlife Warriors.

“Protecting wildlife and wild places is important for the protection and well being of humanity.

“Saving the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve from strip mining last year after six years of campaigning was one of my proudest moments, and I am deeply appreciative of the support from all Australians who stood with us to protect this pristine wilderness.”

Mrs Irwin is one of 137 Australians that will be recognised as finalists by the National Australia Day Council across the Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero award categories.

The winner of each of these categories in Queensland will be announced at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane on October 24, before progressing to the national Australian of the Year awards held in Canberra on January 25, 2015.

The Australia Zoo team are incredibly proud of Terri, and have our fingers crossed that she makes it through to the next round!

Animal antics from Australia Zoo for Brisbane’s Relay for Life!

Australia Zoo's Khaki Kritters will take part in the Brisbane Relay for Life!

Australia Zoo's crocodiles, cheetahs and koalas will step it out at the RNA showgrounds on the weekend of October 25-26 for Brisbane's Relay for Life.

OK, well maybe not the real animals, but staff from Australia Zoo will don their animal one-sies and khaki shirts to form the "Khaki Kritters"- Australia Zoo's Relay for Life team!

While Australia Zoo staff are known for their passion for wildlife, the Khaki Kritters jumped at the idea of partnering with Queensland Cancer Council, to support the local community and important cancer research.

Khaki Critter Lindsay Brown said she is excited to put on her zebra one-sie for the cause.

"Our whole team is thrilled to be involved in Relay for Life, supporting a cause that touches everyone in their lifetime," Ms Brown said.

"While most people are aware how much we work towards animal conservation through our charity Wildlife Warriors and our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, we're proud to partner with Cancer Council and to get involved in the community.

"Last year Cancer Council Queensland raised $4.48 million at Relay for Life events throughout Queensland, which goes to show the fundamental difference this event continues to have."

Those attending the Brisbane Relay for Life will be able to easily identify the Australia Zoo Khaki Kritters in their animal one-sies, who will keep the baton moving for a consecutive 18 hours.

To register for Brisbane and Sunshine Coast Relay for Life events, visit www.relayforlife.org.au or phone the Fundraising Hotline 1300 65 65 85.

For more about Cancer Council Queensland, please visit www.cancerqld.org.au or call Cancer Council's 13 11 20 for information and support.

Justin Timberlake’s Australia Zoo adventure topped-off with a koala joey named JT!

JT the joey with his mum Willow.

Justin Timberlake’s visit to Australia Zoo only lasted a day, but we’ll keep a piece of him here forever in the form of JT the 10 month-old koala joey. We thought it only fitting to name our friendliest new addition to the koala family after the philanthropic JT himself!

While it’s clear he loves koalas after he shared a snap cuddling up to Australia Zoo koala April during his visit last Thursday, Australia Zoo wanted to acknowledge Justin’s generous donation in 2007 by naming a koala joey in his honour.

His significant contribution to Wildlife Warriors on his last visit to Australia Zoo helped build the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, which treats an average of 800 koala patients each year. Now known as the busiest wildlife hospital in the world, Australia Zoo is thrilled to acknowledge his passion for wildlife with this name announcement.

JT the adorable koala joey is highly curious, just like the original JT who was keen to feed a crocodile during his visit last week. The 10 month-old joey is often out of the pouch, and can be seen clinging to mum Willow. It won’t be long until he is ready to explore on his own!

Justin Timberlake’s visit to Australia Zoo attracted international attention after he shared images of his day on social media.  Joined by his band and close friends, he was able to meet an array of wildlife as well as taking a tour of the completed Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Justin’s Australia Zoo adventure came just a week after Kim Kardashian and Kanye West enjoyed a family day out here, also cosy-ing up to a koala!

All guests can get up close and have a koala cuddle at Australia Zoo! So if you’re up for the “VIP treatment”, check out our cuddly koala encounters here. And be sure to keep an eye out for JT the joey in our koala enclosure near the Crocoseum when you next visit us at Australia Zoo!