|With my grandson...fortunately this crocodile is not real but is the exact size |
of one at the zoo
|My grandson with a dingo|
|Cute and cuddly Koala|
|Holding a docile croc|
There is a strong focus on crocodiles, understandably as capturing them for conservation purposes is what Steve was known for. At the heart of the zoo there is a large stadium called the Crocoseum where crocodile shows are put on daily. We were a little startled to see staff holding snakes and baby crocs, for the public to pose with, as we walked through the gates, however, the zoo is as "hands on" as possible to encourage people to respect and care for wild life. We stroked the snake, which was surprisingly warm. The zoo keeper told me they are kept under heat lamps to keep them calm before handling. Not for me, though, to have my photo taken with it wrapped around my neck! We held the crocodile too all of us feeling incredibly brave. It was only a baby, about a metre long...but still! We gasped with horrified fascination at the snakes in the snake enclosure, Australia has some of the most dangerous, venomous snakes in the world, and we prayed that none of them got loose while we were there.
We enjoyed looking at the adorable, cuddly, sleepy, koalas and strolled amongst the kangaroos in a large kangaroo garden. A walk past the Elephants and Tigers brought us to an area still under development called Africa. There we saw Cheetahs Zebras and a rhinoceros and the plan is to make this a large savannah-like area as per an African wild life park. The zoo has many eating places and shops providing everything you could want for a good family day out.
I would highly recommend a visit to Australia Zoo. It is a place I would happily return to any time.