Robert's surprise guests cause a stir on The Living Room
Our fearless Robert Irwin might need to pass on some bravery tips to Channel 10's The Living Room hosts Amanda Keller and Barry Du Bois after their recent encounter with two pythons!
Robert and Terri joined Dr Chris Brown in offering Amanda and Barry the surprise gifts - a beautiful woma and black headed python. Amanda managed to hold the woma python, hesitantly stating she was "okay" - while Barry comically shrieked and hid behind the couch, clinging to Dr Chris!
Robert also brought along a koala and a Joey, which chef Miguel Maestre was lucky enough to steal a cuddle from. Maestre could not contain his laughter when Dr Chris tried to pass the black headed python to terrified Barry.
You can catch the full interview with Robert and Terri on The Living Room, where they will talk about Australia Zoo Wildlife Warrior's partnership with Sprout, this Friday 7th March at 7.30pm on Channel 10.
Save Australian animals with a selfie!
Australia Zoo's charity, Wildlife Warriors, could benefit from up to $50,000 to fund conservation projects with the support of the public and Dick Smith Foods. The recently announced giveaway by the Dick Smith Foods Foundation will see local charities benefit from a total prize pool of up to $1 million, with the public set to decide on the deserving recipient - just by emailing in a selfie!
While Wildlife Warriors funds a variety of conservation projects, it is our 24/7 Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital that is most in need of this money. Run solely on donations from Australia Zoo and Wildlife Warriors, and with no state or federal funding, it is incredible that the hospital treats around 6,500 animals a year. And with one koala treatment in the hospital costing around $5,000 - it is clear why donations are always needed!
Our hospital is the largest and busiest facility of its kind in the country. It costs approximately $2.5 million every year to operate, with $700,000 of that coming from donations and $50,000 coming from local Council - but only for the next year. Australia Zoo is left fronting the bill for most of the koala work, which becomes increasingly difficult with an average of 70 koalas coming through the hospital each month.
So how can you help? It's as simple as popping on a smile and purchasing a Dick Smith Foods product that supports Australian farmers and producers. Simply email your best selfie with your recent Dick Smith Foods purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org, and be sure to specify your nomination for Wildlife Warriors to help us receive the funding.
What could be better than supporting Australian jobs, Australian farmers and Australian wildlife at the same time? We think it's great that Dick Smith Foods gives its profits to charities and supports Australian producers. If you do too, help our animals out and be sure to send in your picture!
Three Tours You Must Experience At Australia Zoo
Take a journey around Australia Zoo, and get up close and personal with some of our amazing wildlife on your very own Zoo Tour. You can check out the full range of true blue tours available here, but for now, let us introduce you to three of our favourites. We can guarantee that these are experiences you won't want to miss!
Wildlife Hospital Behind-the-Scenes Tour
How would you like to go behind-the-scenes at Australia's largest and busiest wildlife hospital? With this exciting zoo tour, you can!
The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital Behind-the-Scenes Tour takes you on an extraordinary 30-minute journey as you get a sneak peek at the inner workings of this iconic Australian wildlife hospital. Our wildlife hospital was inspired by the memory of Steve's mother, Lyn - a wildlife lover and pioneer in wildlife care. Watch as our vets care for a range of amazing creatures. It doesn't matter whether they're native Australian marsupials, or cute little tiger cubs - our team of vets are experts at saving these animals' lives.
If you're already visiting Australia Zoo, then the tour will cost you only $20 for adults, and $10 for children. There are also special family prices available. Best of all, all monies raised from the tour go directly back to the hospital to help support the important work that goes on there. You can book your wildlife hospital tour or learn more, here.
Conservation Crusaders Tour
Australia Zoo is home to a large number of rare and endangered species. We contribute funds to national and international conservation projects, and run several of our own conservation and breeding programs designed to help these animals have the greatest chance of survival.
If an Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital Tour isn't enough to satisfy your appetite for amazing animals, then the Conservation Crusaders Tour is sure to do the trick. On this zoo tour, you'll meet several of our endangered animals, and enjoy a visit to the wildlife hospital. You'll also have a photo with a koala, be amazed by our Crocoseum Show, and, if you want, you can add an encounter with a lemur or rhino to the list too. You can learn more about our Conservation Crusaders Tour here.
Aussie Animals Tour
Australia is renowned for its large number of unique species - especially the iconic kangaroo and koala. It is home to most of the world's marsupials, and all of the world's monotremes (mammals that lay eggs).
With an Aussie Animals Tour, you can meet several native Australian animals. You will enjoy a private caddie tour as you feed kangaroos, have a photo with a koala, and watch our famous Crocoseum Show.
Optional extras include a Naughty Wombat Encounter, a Spikey Little Echidna Encounter, and a Sweetheart Possum Encounter. These encounters allow you to get up close and personal with these gorgeous native creatures, and come with a complementary photo taken by one of our professional zoo photographers - the perfect memento for a perfect day.
If the Aussie Animals Tour sounds like your kind of zoo tour, then book yours today!
Walk on the Wild Side
Are you ready to walk on the wild side? Then it's time you visited Australia Zoo! Come and join us for amazing animal experiences and zoo tours that you'll never forget.
Have you visited Australia Zoo? What was your favourite animal? Don't be shy, now - let us know in the comments below!
Want to Experience Native Australian Animals Like Never Before?
Australia is home to countless animals that aren't seen anywhere else in the world. Our country's famous native animals include kangaroos, emus, and the iconic Tasmanian devil. But when it comes to cuddly native Australian animals, koalas, with their big, fluffy ears, are a definite favourite!
The first thing that needs to be said about koalas is that, contrary to popular belief, they're not bears. Koalas are marsupials. That means that they're mammals that carry their young in a pouch after they're born. When the koala's baby or "joey" is a bit bigger, you will see it enjoying a piggy-back ride on its mother's back.
Koalas are found in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Koalas from the south tend to be larger and darker than their counterparts further north.
Every Koala's favourite food is eucalyptus leaves (actually, it's pretty much the only thing they eat), so the main place you will find Koalas is in eucalyptus forests. These cuddly native Australian animals just love to snooze, sleeping for up to 20 hours a day. The secret to their drowsy lifestyle is their super slow metabolism and the fact that their chosen diet of eucalyptus leaves is not high in energy.
Koalas don't have the best eyesight, but their hearing and sense of smell are great. Their sense of smell helps them to choose the best eucalyptus leaves to eat, and their great hearing helps to warn them when predators are about.
Australia Zoo's Koalas
Australia Zoo is home to a whole bunch of cute and cuddly koalas of all ages, from little babies to fully-grown adults. They spend most of their time hanging out eating and sleeping on our eucalyptus trees. When you visit, you can see them snoozing or eating at the Koala Walkthrough. Or, for a chance to get cuddly with these fluffy mammals, you can enjoy your very own Koala Encounter.
Cuddly Koala Encounter
Have you every wished you could cuddle a cute Koala? Now you can!
At Australia Zoo, you can enjoy the chance to experience these native Australian animals like never before. With a Cuddly Koala Encounter, you'll be able to get up and personal with one of our gorgeous Koalas. Have a nice, long cuddle with these cute Australian mammals as you learn about them from their handlers. Best of all, the cost of a Cuddly Koala Encounter includes a photograph taken by one of our professional zoo photographers of you holding a Koala.
At only $40 per person, this animal encounter is too good to miss. If you're ready to snuggle with a koala, then the next step is simple: book your Cuddly Koala Encounter today!
Will You Come and Cuddle a Koala?
Will you be coming to cuddle a koala at Australia Zoo? Our resident members of this snugly species will be waiting for you when you do.
What's your favourite native Australian animal? Would you choose a Cuddly Koala Encounter, or is there another Australian native that you're just dying to meet? Leave us some love by letting us know in the comments below!
Brisbane's big cats become our newest Wildlife Warriors!
Our beautiful Sumatran tiger cubs Hunter and Clarence stole the show at The Gabba last Monday, when the Irwin family announced their new ambassadorship with the Brisbane Lions AFL team.
A plethora of media watched on as Terri, Bindi and Robert proudly joined the cubs in kicking the footy around with Australia Zoo's newest Wildlife Warriors at their Brisbane home ground.
Pearce Hanley, Dayne Zorko, Matthew Leuenberger and Zac O'Brien proudly sported khaki shirts and mingled with April the koala, Dame the echidna and Midnight the beautiful black-headed python. Bindi, Terri and Robert were also presented with personalised Lions jerseys.
Hunter and Clarence were particularly special guests at the launch, as their births here at Australia Zoo are a huge win for the species - with less that 500 Sumatran tigers left in the wild. Born to a mother of wild blood, Kaitlyn, they are considered to be incredibly genetically valuable.
Through the Brisbane Lion's partnership, Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors hope to build awareness of our incredible conservation projects, including tiger conservation in Sumatra, and our 24-hours, 7 days a week Wildlife Hospital next to Australia Zoo, at Beerwah on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
Australia Zoo are so excited to have the Brisbane Lions on board embracing our work, and we're all eager to learn more about the beaut game of AFL while we are at it!
While there didn't appear to be much rivalry between the Lions and our own tigers, we can expect some on April 17 when the Brisbane Lions vs the Richmond Tigers at The Gabba. Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors will be official match day sponsor of the game and are prepared to see some healthy competition between the teams!
To join the Brisbane Lions in supporting our wildlife, please visit: http://www.wildlifewarriors.org.au/make_a_donation/index.html