Get set for summer school holiday fun!
Australia Zoo is ready and set to go WILD these Summer School Holidays, with more action and entertainment than you can poke a stick at!
Our very own wildlife warrior, Bindi Irwin, will be performing LIVE in the Crocoseum with The Jungle Girls, Terri, Bindi & Robert will be feeding our awesome saltwater crocodiles and a hundred lucky visitors can even get to meet the Irwins at a book signing for Robert's new Big Book of Dinosaurs!
Not only that, Santa has taken time off from present duty to give visitors the opportunity to get their photo taken with him and a gorgeous gator, we've got Church on the Rise Christmas Carols, face painting, a major prize draw and colouring competition*!
For the aspiring Zoo Keepers, check out our popular school holiday Zoo Keeper For A Day program, which is close to selling out! We've got a variety of options for the little ones (7-11 Discovery Program), the older kids (12-15 Extreme Program) and kids with special needs (7-15 Sensory Program).
Zoo Keeper For A Day makes a ripper gift this Christmas, and if you'd like to give a gift that "makes a difference" we've got heaps of gift ideas in our Online Shop. Hurry though - our Free Shipping offer for Australian orders ends on the 15th December!
There's STACKS to see at Australia Zoo these school holiday and what better way to ensure that you don't miss out by snapping up one our ripper new Annual Passes? $99 for Adults and $59 for children gets you entry for up to 364 days of the year. Wooo-hoo!
*Please see our Events Calendar for full summer school holidays details including dates and times.
Robert celebrates a dino-tastic 10th birthday
The unveiling of another prehistoric croc species sculpture at Australia Zoo today formed part of the dinosaur-themed celebrations for Robert Irwin’s 10th birthday.
The super croc sculpture features a Parasaurolophus and a Deinosuchus. A Parasaurolophus was a duck billed dinosaur, which weighed around 2.7 tonnes and could walk on either two legs or four, while the Deinosuchus was related to the alligator and lived 80 to 73 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period.
“Wow – what an awesome present!” Robert said.
The latest super croc sculpture was constructed by Australia Zoo artist Cameron Chapman as Robert's birthday surprise.
Following in his father's footsteps, Robert fed his first estuarine crocodile Monty “This has been a dream of mine for many years, and to finally feed Monty - it was so awesome!” Robert said.
Paleontologist Dr Scott Hucknell and the Queensland Museum surprised Robert by presenting him with the world's first 3D version of his favourite dinosaur, Australovenator.
“This is so cool! It’s so exciting to see the Australovenator in 3D,” said Robert.
ERTH dinosaurs roamed around the Zoo all day long, with paleontologist and fossil displays, Jurassic Joe entertained the kids, while the ever popular giant inflatable Jurassic obstacle course was a huge attraction.
Robert's tenth year is gearing up to be a big one, with the launch of his TV show Wild but True which will air on Discovery Kids Asia in 2014.
Queensland Government protects Steve Irwin Reserve on Cape York
The Queensland Government has announced plans to declare the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve and the Wenlock River on Cape York Peninsula as Queensland’s first ever 'strategic environmental area'.
Premier Campbell Newman said the declaration would protect one of Queensland’s most environmentally significant areas.
"There will be no mining on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve – not now, not ever, not some, not any," said Minister Powell.
In 2007, Australia Zoo was invited by the Federal Government to identify and manage a conservation property as a tribute to Steve Irwin and his legacy. Terri Irwin has been leading the battle to protect the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve from mining since it was dedicated to Steve’s memory.
"This is so exciting, it is wonderful news and we are totally thrilled," Terri Irwin said. "With this announcement Premier Campbell Newman has ensured that the important environment on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve is protected. We are proud to continue to support tourism in Cape York as part of the Premier’s four-pillar economy,” Terri Irwin said.
“This is a win for Queenslanders, and indeed all Australians. The Wenlock River Basin is one of the world’s most environmentally rich ecosystems,” Terri said.
"The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve was set aside in honour of my dad and his legacy, to mark all the incredible work that he achieved during his life for wildlife and conservation. It is the most pristine land on planet Earth and we are just thrilled." Bindi Irwin said.
The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve is a 330,000-acre property in Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula. It is home to a set of important spring fed wetlands which provide a critical water source to threatened habitat, provide permanent flow of water to the Wenlock River, and is home to rare and vulnerable plants and wildlife.
"Today’s announcement shows the LNP Government is committed to preserving this ecologically significant part of Queensland for future generations," Mr Newman said.
The Irwin Family and Australia Zoo are excited to see what the future holds for other significant habitat after the Premier announced "This will be the first of many ecologically-sensitive areas across Queensland declared a strategic environmental area".
"Steve always said that the Wenlock was the most beautiful place on earth and now I am so pleased that this spectacular river and its biodiversity will be protected for the future continuing the amazing contribution that one man made to wildlife and conservation," Terri said.
Celebrating Steve and our newly named tiger cubs
Steve Irwin Day went off like a frog in a sock, as usual, with a raft of entertainment and entertainers as we streamed the Crocoseum action live to Youtube allowing thousands of Steve's fans from all four corners of the globe to get involved. Khaki clad visitors enjoyed a sausage sizzle, trampolines, slides, workshops, traditional indigenous dancing, pony rides, The Blenders, lorikeet racing and STACKS more throughout the course of the day!
Xavier Rudd gave us an inspiring mixture of reggae, funk, blues, folk, and roots music. His love of nature, indigenous culture and the diversity and beauty of these great regions of Australia make his Australian shows an absolute treat for the global troubadour and a natural fit on such an auspicious occaision.
Rove McManus, Australian actress Tasma Walton joined William Zillman and Ashley Harrison from the Gold Coast Titans in the Crocoseum before Terri, Bindi, Robert and Wes put on a classic Wildlife Warriors croc show and the Veronica's left their handprints in our growing Walk of Fame.
Steve Irwin Day was also an appropriate time to announce the new names of our gorgeous two new Sumatran tiger cubs - welcome to Clarence and Hunter! Clarence picked his own name out of all the suggestions in the Wotif.com naming competition (keep an eye on our social media next week for photos of how we narrowed it down) and Terri, Bindi and Robert chose Hunter from our Australia Zoo Facebook competition.
Lucky visitors to Australia Zoo can get up close and personal with our twin boy while they're still this fun size, but they won't stay that way for long!
Join us and Khaki It!
At Australia Zoo, November gears up to celebrate the life and legacy of the original Wildlife Warrior and Crocodile Hunter - Steve Irwin.
Saturday the 9th kicked off this year's proceedings with the annual Steve Irwin Day Gala Dinner, in Brisbane, a fundraising event for Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors. Funds raised assist the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in its efforts to provide treatment and care to thousands of sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife (check out the latest statistics from Australia's busiest wildlife hospital in the video below), continuing the conservation work Steve was so passionate about and to keep his dream alive.
Next up, on Friday the 15th November, is Steve Irwin Day itself, which represents the many things Steve was passionate about: FAMILY, WILDLIFE CONSERVATION and FUN! You don’t have to be Terri, Bindi or Robert Irwin or a member of the Zoo Crew to be a Wildlife Warrior. Anyone can make a difference and anyone can KHAKI IT! Khaki is more than a colour. It’s an attitude and a stand to do something positive in our world and a passion to make a difference. And when you make a difference – you KHAKI IT!
Ways to KHAKI IT:
- Wear khaki and make a donation to Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors
- Celebrate at Australia Zoo on 15 November
- Renew, reuse and recycle
- Clean up your local beach
- Build a possum box or a frog pond in your backyard
- Lock up your dogs and cats at night
We KHAKI IT because:
- As wildlife warriors, we believe that every life is worth rescuing
- We believe that anyone can be a Wildlife Warrior
- We believe khaki is not just a colour – it's an attitude!
- We believe that if you save one – you can save the species
- We believe that even kids can make a difference
- We believe in living the motto each day – KHAKI IT!
There's more activities than you can shake a stick at Australia Zoo on the day, including a live Crocoseum performance from Xavier Rudd and appearances from Rove McManus, Australian actress Tasma Walton and William Zillman and Ashley Harrison from the Gold Coast Titans. Full details of which you can find on our Events Calendar.
If you can't make it to Australia Zoo to join us in our celebrations you'll be pleased to hear that we'll be streaming the action LIVE from the Crocoseum from 11am AEST. You can find out all of the details you need for how and when to tune in from the Steve Irwin Day LIVE! web page!