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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.

There’s a new island headed for Queensland’s Sunshine Coast!

Thereâs a new island headed for Queenslandâs Sunshine Coast!

There's a new island coming to Queensland's Sunshine Coast, but you'll only need to go as far as Australia Zoo to begin your adventure these holidays!

Escape to your own tropical paradise on December 26 when Australia Zoo launches a brand new exhibit, Bindi's Island.

From Bindi's incredible treehouse, for the very first time, visitors to Australia Zoo will be able to check out the cheeky ring-tailed lemurs on display! Watch on as this social troop play hide-and-seek in the trees or sunbake in their yoga-esque poses.

As well as some new island friends, Bindi's Island will also include some original residents, Coconut and Jarvis the Aldabran tortoises. The affectionate couple have called Bindi's Island home for the past 8 years, and are excited to welcome visitors to their new and improved home.

Australia Zoo Director Wes Mannion said that the launch of Bindi's Island meant fulfilling another milestone in Steve and Terri Irwin's 10-year Business Plan.

"Bindi's Island is going to be another big tick for something Stevie always wanted," Mr Mannion said.

"Steve did all the excavation work years ago, and it's just been sitting there waiting to be finished off. It wasn't that long ago that Terri said ‘let's finish it!' and we started planning Bindi's Island!"

Stay tuned for more updates on who and what you can expect to join Bindi on her new island in the coming weeks!

For more details on Bindi's Island, head to: www.australiazoo.com.au/bindi-island

Give the gift of conservation this Christmas!

Give the gift of conservation this Christmas!

While an experience with the otters or a koala encounter is a gift sure to impress, did you know that giving an Australia Zoo experience means you also give the gift of conservation?

With an array of encounters available from red pandas to rhinos, it's pretty special to not only have one-on-one interaction with these guys, but to be able to help them out!

Proceeds from Australia Zoo encounters and wildlife photos go directly back into Wildlife Warriors projects here in Australia and overseas. For example, by purchasing a tiger walk this Christmas, you'll be supporting our Tiger 511 team on the ground in Sumatra as they fight against poachers. How's that for a feel-good gift that keeps on giving!

There's also the opportunity to add a furry, scaly or feathered friend to your family as a gift for a loved one this Christmas with the Adopt an Animal program. Sponsoring one of our special friends at Australia Zoo provides us with much-needed funding for endangered species breeding programs, state-of-the-art wildlife exhibits and essential rehabilitation programs.

If you're stuck for a gift, why not check out the profile of our cheeky Sumatran Tiger cub Hunter or the adorable Vatobe the Ring-Tailed Lemur? You can choose from a variety of adoption options, all of which come with a certificate of your adoption and a photo of your special new friend!

With animal encounters galore, annual pass offers and Australia Zoo friends waiting to join your family - there's no excuse for an ordinary gift this Christmas. Check out our special extended annual pass deal here.