24 December 2013
A masive "wooo-hoo!" to everyone for supporting our conservation efforts in 2013, particularly those who have contributed to spreading the conservation message throughout the world by visiting Australia Zoo or who have provided generous support to our range of conservation programs!
2013 has been another momentous year for Australia Zoo, the over-riding theme of which has been babies! We've welcomed the pitter-patter of tiny paws, hooves and claws, with adorable tiger cubs, rhino, giraffe, cassowaries, koalas and dingoes, amongst other arrivals.
Undoubtedly the highlight was Kaitlyn's delivery of two healthy twin Sumatran tiger cub boys, who were eventually named Hunter and Clarence. They've thrilled our visitors who were lucky enough to have caught a glimpse of them roving around the Zoo or inside their special on display enclosure, and have helped us to raise a tremendous amount of awareness for the plight of Sumatran tigers in the wild. We were also delighted to welcome Mango and Winston to our growing Rhino family and Skye, the baby giraffe, the first ever giraffe to be born in Queensland.
Earlier in the year, both Robert and Bindi celebrated personal milestones - Bindi starred in the movie adaptation of Return to Nim's Island and lit up the Australian premiere hosted in our very own Crocoseum (February), while Robert launched a range of stories for young children and became The Dinosaur Hunter (March)!
The most genuinely celebrated story of our year came very recently, in November, as it was announced that the future of the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, was secured, and that any threat to it's unique bio-diversity from mining had been averted. “This is a win for Queenslanders, and indeed all Australians. The Wenlock River Basin is one of the world’s most environmentally rich ecosystems,” declared Terri. The 450,000 supporters of our mission to Save Steve's Place would agree!
We can't wait to get stuck into 2014 and to find out what's in store. For the time being though we're in the middle of our School Holiday Fun season and we're looking forward to meeting you! If you're looking for an experience As Wild As Life Gets, why not consider one of our brand new Annual Passes? Just $99 for Adults and $59 for kids, gets you 364 days of slithering, swooping, jaw-snapping action!
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