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  • Day95

    Australia Zoo

    May 14 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Steve Irwin alias The Crocodile Hunter - wer kannte ihn bzw. seine Fernsehsendung nicht?! Er war Dokumentarfilmer, Tierschützer und Zoodirektor im Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland. Diesen Zoo besuchten wir heute.

    Mit einem horrenden Eintrittspreis von AU$ 172 für die ganze Familie haben wir nicht gerechnet, aber das Geld kommt den Tieren zugute und letztlich ist dieser Zoo das Geld wert. Uns hat es super gefallen! 😍

    Direkt nach dem Eingang konnten wir schon verschiedene Tiere aus der Nähe anschauen und sogar anfassen: Schlangen, Eulen, Blauzunge (Echse, die wie ein Tannzapfen aussieht ☺️), Echidna... Natürlich hat es in diesem Zoo sehr viele Krokodile und jeweils pünktlich um 12:00 mittags findet im Crocoseum auch eine Show mit solchen statt. Zu Beginn der Show flogen exotische Vögel in allen Farben übers Publikum. Traumhaft schön! Danach wurde es spannend: ein Krokodil lief im Wassergraben in die Arena. Mit toten Hühnern lockte ein Mann das Tier aus dem Wasser. An Land sah man die ganze Masse. Es war viel grösser als es im Wasser schien. Beeindruckend war auch wie schnell es aus dem Wasser in die Höhe sprang!

    Beim Koala-Trail suchten wir die Koalas in den Bäumen und einen durften wir auch streicheln. Und im Schlangenhaus sahen wir die eigentlich unscheinbare, aber giftigste Schlange der Welt.

    Auf Bindi's Island kletterten Lemuren umher und drei Boa Constrictor machten es sich im Terrarium gemütlich 😬 Der Africa-Teil ist riesig und sehr authentisch: Giraffen, Zebras und Nashörner sind im gleichen Gehege und die Erdmännchen haben gleich daneben Platz zum Buddeln.

    Zum Schluss spazierten wir dann nochmals durch das Gehege der Kängurus und Wallabies. Diese konnte man füttern. Die Kids konnten gar nicht genug bekommen!
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  • Day114

    Australia Zoo

    April 23, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Nachdem ich morgens schon um 6 Uhr wach war und nimmer schlafen konnte bin ich früher als geplant raus aus den Federn.
    Heute stand die Fahrt von Brisbane ins knapp 300 km entfernte Hervey Bay an.
    Auf dem Weg dorthin liegt der Australia Zoo, welcher vor allem durch Steve Irwin - dem Crocodile Hunter bekannt ist. Leider starb Steve vor 11 Jahren tragisch, als ihn bei Unterwasseraufnahmen ein Stachelrochen ins Herz stach. Sein Vermächtnis lebt hier im Australia Zoo unter der Leitung seiner Witwe und vielen Projekten auf der ganzen Welt weiter 😊.
    Im Zoo werden überwiegend einheimische Tiere wie Koalas, Wombats, Tasmanischer Teufel, Brogla, Schlangen, Krokodile 🐨🐍🦎 🐊🐢 und vieles mehr gezeigt, außerdem gibt es noch einen Teil Afrika, wo unter anderem Tiger 🐅, Giraffen 🦒, Nashörner 🦏 zu sehen sind. Immer wieder kann man an Fütterungen teilnehmen Koalas streicheln 💖 oder anderen Tieren ganz nahe kommen, da man teilweise durch die Gehege spazieren kann. Dazu gibt es ein Hospital wo 365 Tage im Jahr rund um die Uhr Tiere die verletzt/ angefahren wurden, behandelt und gepflegt werden bis sie zurück in die Wildnis können 😊.
    Der Zoo ist riesig, weitläufig und mit sehr viel Liebe angelegt. Es macht sehr viel Freude hier den Tag zu verbringen. Ich hab dort völlig die Zeit verloren und war fast 7 Stunden drin.
    Von dort hatte ich noch 2 weitere Stunden bis Hervey Bay zu fahren. Leider hat mein Navi nicht so richtig funktioniert und ich musste bei Dunkelheit mein Hostel suchen. Ich war ziemlich platt als ich ankam. Hab mir noch das kostenlose Abendessen mit einem Gläschen Wein im Hostel schmecken lassen und bin dann früh ins Bett 💤.
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  • Day428

    Australian Zoo Day 2!

    August 5 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    Crikey! What a great day yesterday! Here's what happened the second half of the day at the zoo:

    - 9-week-old Sumatran Tiger cub Nelson
    - Alpine Dingoes Archie, Eve (photo), and Jira
    - Croc show starring Acco
    - I met Pip the Binturong, a 15-year-old male, and his sister. They smell like popcorn (it's the pee). Their closest relative is the civet, you know, the cat that poops really expensive coffee beans. While feeding Pip, a little water dragon came scrounging for dropped fruit as he does every day. He was standing on my foot, so I reached down and pet him.
    - The otter show starring Daisy and Percy
    - I finished the day feeding kangaroos and wallabies.

    I left the zoo right at closing (17:00) to walk to the hotel about 1.5 kilometers down the street. I checked in, pre-ordered breakfast, and had Indian delivered. Yummy.

    After an okay sleep in a nice room, I was up for brekky, then walking to the zoo by 07:45 to arrive before 08:10 for my first animal encounter of the day...Tiger!

    I met Scout, a 3-year-old, 140-kilogram Sumatran tiger born and handraised here at the zoo. He's the half-brother of the new cub Nelson (same mother). We met him in the orchard where he can spy on the zebra, which he really enjoys, as you can probably imagine. He's pretty much a teenager and he likes to push the keepers. After trying several times to get him to walk back towards the Southeast Asia part of the park and after he responded by flopping in the ground and rolling on his back as if to say, no, I'm not getting out of bed, they called the truck to give him a ride back to his enclosure. He was very vocal, making several different sounds, from huffing sounds to rumbly growls. It was pretty funny, but incredibly jaw dropping. His paws were at least as big as my face. Words can't describe how incredible this animal was.

    - Wetland birds, including Brolga and Jabirus
    - Koalas!
    - Rainforest aviary with a male Eclectus and several different types of doves
    - Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombats
    - Herpetarium with most of Aussie's deadly snakes, a King Cobra, a Gila Monster, a Green Python, and a couple of Eastern Diamondbacks, to name a few
    - Wedge-Tailed Eagle, Aussie's largest bird of prey
    - Nelson the Sumatran tiger cub on his walk (Nelaon's going to be in trouble with the groundskeeper for killing his shrubs)
    - Giraffes: 6-year-old female Skye, female Kabibi, and female calf Sophie

    Now I'm in the Crocoseum where I'm about to see the main show. It's just starting now!

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️

    P.S.: After the noon show, I ran out of steam, so here's what happened during the rest of my zoo adventure:

    - Main Show:
    -- Archie and Eve Dingoes saying hello
    -- Keeto, Blue and Gold Macaw, showing us how to recycle
    -- Lots of macaws, lots of snakes
    -- Male Jabiru
    -- A Great and Pied Cormorant, the latter of which did not want to go home
    -- Yellow-tailed black cocky, red-tail black cockys, lady mitchel (white cocky), rainbow lorakeets
    -- Star: Weeper, a 15-foot male Salty

    - Cassowary!
    - Shinglebacks nicknamed Pine Cone Lizard, related to blue-tongue skinks
    - A sleeping Tasmanian Devil
    - American alligators
    - And finishing with a rhino!

    DJ is a 17-year-old male Southern White Rhinoceros born and raised in captivity. He was brought from Melbourne as part of the breeding program, and he has three local girlfriends. He also has a new calf at this zoo, his fifth one in total. He weighs about 2 tons and his head alone weighs around 225 kilograms. At 17 he's middle-aged; the oldest male in captivity recently died at age 45. There are about 20,000 Southern White rhinos in the wild, and the Black Rhino is worse shape. Unfortunately, the last male Northern White rhino just died leaving two females, a mom and her daughter, who are the last of the species. You and I will see the extinction of this magnificent animal because of poaching. Rhino horn is still a huge commodity on the black market, with Vietnam and China being the worst offenders. Powdered horn is worth more than gold or even cocaine. It I becoming so rare now that people are breaking into museums to steal horns and are even poaching rhinos living in zoos. I am so fortunate to have seen this gentle giant up close.
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  • Day268

    Day 10 - Thatchersontour - Australia Zoo

    December 26, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Today we visited Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo which is something I have been really looking forward to! It's a couple of hours up the East Coast from where we are staying but it was well worth the trek. We got to see lots of Aussie wildlife that we haven't been able to see in the wild which was amazing.

    One of the big highlights was definitely the Wildlife Warriors Show. We got to see a variety of amazing birds including an Andean condor. We are fortunate to have already seen condors in Peru however seeing them up close makes you appreciate how big they really are. The different birds flew all around the Crocoseum which was pretty cool. The highlight of the show however was definitely the big old crocodile. Three extremely crazy guys got extremely close to the enormous croc to show us a variety of behaviours the crocodile displays in the wild including the almighty death roll. It was an incredibly tense few hours and I was literally on the edge of my seat. It is a wonder how one of them didn't lose an arm!

    The tiger demo with Reggie the Sumatran tiger was also very impressive. Pacified with some milk the keepers demonstrated how they undertake medical checks on the tigers such as looking at their teeth and eyes. We also got to hand feed kangaroos, see more cute cuddly koalas and wombats as well as lots of other native Australian wildlife.

    Towards the end of the day, Kevin and Lucy booked themselves in for the koala experience for some koala cuddles so Simon and I decided to do a tour of the Wildlife Hospital which is next to the zoo. What was meant to be a 30 minute group tour turned into an hour long private tour which was amazing. Our tour guide Brandon was so knowledgable and he took us around each part of the Wildlife hospital, including the outside koala area where they slowly rehabilitate koalas so they can be released back into the wild. Whilst we were there, a tiny baby roo whose mum had been killed by a car had been taken in and the vets were looking at her. The baby roo was only 6 months old and didn't even have its fur yet. The vet talked us through what she was doing to treat the roo and even let us stroke its soft velvety body. Such an amazing experience!
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  • Day427

    Australian Zoo!

    August 4 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    Crikey! Right now I'm at the Australian Zoo, The Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's old stomping ground. But before I get into that, here's what happened yesterday.

    Tickler picked me up at the burger joint and we got the train into downtown. We made.our way to Queen Street where Mojo Webb was playing a couple of sets for International Blues Music Day. We listened to a couple of songs, then found a nearby Irish pub for a Kilkenny beer and small lunch.

    Then we went to the other Irish pub and had another couple of beers while waiting for the music to begin. The young woman was good, but her voice was very muffled by whatever mix she was using on the microphone.
    We left there and walked across the bridge to South Bank where they have a noodle market. Gyoza and Taco Rice! Yay, Okinawa!

    Back to the house by about 18:00 and we were both pooped, so it was an early night. I finished my book, took a shower, and hit the sack.

    She was up and gone at 05:30, and I was right behind her, grabbing an Uber to the Greyhound bus station in town. The mirror-like skyscrapers reflected the sunrise in all its glory.

    I grabbed the Greyhound at 07:30 and was at the Zoo by about 08:40. They opened at 09:00 and we were off! Here's what I've seen so far:

    - Echidnas burrowed under their enclosure's bedding.
    - Asian Small-Clawed Otters playing
    - Eastern Water Dragons, Mary River Turtles, Land Mullets and a huge Perentie (Aussie's largest lizard) all sunning themselves
    - A decent-sized Komodo Dragon staring at us like we were breakfast
    - Rhinoceros Iguanas also enjoying the sunshine
    - An Albino Burmese Python large enough to eat a small child
    - A smallish Reticulated Python (4 meters small)
    - Aldabra Giant Tortoises (I met Jasper)
    - More Eastern Water Dragons sunning
    - Beautiful Elkhorn and Staghorn Ferns
    - Cameron the Crocodile, a concrete replica of how big salties can get in the wild...if allowed
    - Koalas!
    - Salty Acco and Cassie*
    - Salty Agro and Cookie* (Agro, short for Aggressive, is the crock from TV that kept eating Steve's lawnmowers)
    - Salty Casper and girlfriend*
    - Africa Exhibit: giraffe, zebras, and three rhinos including a youngster. The two zebras were a Grévy's or Imperial Zebra (the largest and most engandeted) and a Plains Zebra
    - Meercats!
    - 6-year-old William the Cheetah (I met him, too!)
    - A Red Panda
    - And two Bengal Tiger sisters, where I am now.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️

    * The zoo puts girls in with the boys so they can all do what they would do in the wild and have as normal a life as possible in captivity. Although the females build their nests, the keepers remove and destroy the eggs soon after they're laid.
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  • Day43

    Roadtrip Australia Zoo

    March 18 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    Vom freien Campingplatz sind wir zu einer kostenlosen Dusche südlich von Brisbane gefahren.
    Yeah endlich wieder duschen 😍.
    Frisch geduscht sind wir 1h zum neuen Campingplatz und von dort aus, 45 min nördlich von Brisbane, zum Australia Zoo gefahren.
    Der Australia Zoo, ist der Zoo des Krokodil Jägers Steve Irwin, der leider schon verstorben ist. Dort habe wir viele Tiere gesehen wie Koalas, Kängurus, Krokodile, Tiger und noch viele mehr.
    Wir haben uns ca. 3 h in diesem riesengroßen Zoo aufgehalten und leider alle Shows verpasst.
    Danach sind wir zum Australia Zoo Hospital gegangen, wo auch gerade ein Opossum und ein Koala behandelt wurden.
    Sind dann zum Campingplatz gefahren und haben uns dort was zu Essen gemacht. Dabei haben wir Toni (aus Byron Bay) und einen neuen Kumpel (Jannis) von ihm getroffen. Wir haben den ganzen Abend gequatscht und Karten gespielt und sind erst gegen 1 Uhr ins Bett gegangen.
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  • Day37

    Australia Zoo

    May 6, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Hüt bini mit 3 Kollege in Australia Zoo vom Steve Irwin gange... Es isch mega Iidrücklich gsih wenn mehr sich überleit was die Familie mit dem Zoo ufbaut het🦒🦓🐊🐢🐍🐨 Es het mehr mega gfalle und endlich hani au mal Koalabäre und Kangaroos gseh haha🎉 Jetzt chani mehr snechste Ziel setzte und die Tier mal ide Wildnis gseh!!!

    Am Abig simer no as Food Truck Festival gange hend eppis gesse und de Tag usklinge laa😊🍻 Alles i allem wiedermal es hammergeils Weekend gsih mit viele neue Idrück
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  • Day42

    Australia Zoo

    February 24, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Hüt bini warschindli fascht in berüemtischti Zoo wos gitt gsi! De isch vom Steve Irwin gfüehrt worde, en bekannte Dokumentarfilmer und Abentürer. Er isch bi Unterwasserufnahme am Great barrier Reef dur en Stich vonere Stachelroche is Herz gstorbe.
    Falls es eu interessiert, da de en Link dezue:

    https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Irwin
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  • Day121

    QLD - Australia Zoo "Kängurus"

    November 12, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Von Brisbane ging es dann zum Australia Zoo, wo wir Kängurus und Koalas streicheln konnten und den Krokodilen bei der Fütterung zusahen.

    In Scharen hüpfen die Kängurus über die Wiese, um dann schnell anzuhalten oder sich hinzulegen, wenn Christof mit der Kamera kommt😊

  • Day6

    Australia Zoo

    September 7 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    The title says it all. This was the main reason for coming north of Brisbane (plus family live up here). It didn’t disappoint although I think we are both ready for bed and it isn’t 8pm yet.
    We were lucky enough to see them cleaning Scrppa the croc’s enclosure so got to see him move about. A large area of the croc enclosures are being renovated in readiness for their 50th anniversary next year.

    We got to pat an eastern skink, snake and koala (well mum patted the koala, I did all three).
    We went out to the African area which had giraffes (10), zebras and rhinos. Working our way back we were in time for the tiger talk. They’ve three young adult tigers that they handle regularly and also take them up to watch the African animals when the zoo is closed.
    The highlight of the day for me was the performance in the crocoseum. They’ve put a lot of time and training into the birds that were performing.
    With all the animal performances and talks there was a big emphasis on natural behaviours of the animals.
    One animal who wasn’t very cooperative was the 13 week tiger cub who was in an area where he could be viewed as well as people could have a photo taken with him.
    He wasn’t in the mood to sit still and was more interested in chewing on the arm of the keeper with him.
    We were able to see the Aldabra tortoises feeding and heard about their endangerment. The message that humans have caused all the destruction of habitat and killed species to drive them to the brink of endangerment or extinction was definitely made but not as militantly as at Tangalooma resort. There they really drove home the message.
    We saw Scrappa being fed in the afternoon. In this talk we got a lot closer to both the keepers and crocodile. He put on a good performance for us.
    One more stop for the birds of prey and then we were done.

    We ate out last night but after realising there was a kitchen here where we are staying we picked up some simple ingredients to cook tea. The accommodation is really nice here, the rooms aren’t huge but there is a huge range of seating options all around the place. Last night I sat outside on a sofa to write my blog.
    Tonight it’s a bit cooler so I’m inside.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Australia Zoo, Zoológico de Australia, オーストラリア動物園, 오스트레일리아 동물원, Зоопарк Австралии, 澳洲动物园

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