Like many Queenslanders, the tigers at Australia Zoo have been in and out of the swimming pool to combat the recent heatwave. The gorgeous big cats have been cooling off with regular swims and lots of shade rest.
The tigers' swimming pool has the only underwater viewing area in the Southern Hemisphere, allowing Zoo guests the opportunity to get right up close to the amazing big cats.
According to Giles Clark, head of tigers at Australia Zoo, it is unusual for cats to like water -but the tigers love it!
"Our tigers swim or lounge in the shallow parts of the pool during the heat of the day. In the wild, they would find a river, stream or lake," he said.
Australia Zoo's tigers have regular swims to cool off as do the elephants, cassowaries and dingoes. Other animals like wombats, Tasmanian devils, and red pandas have air conditioned enclosures for maximum comfort.
Summer holiday fun continues at Australia Zoo until Monday 28 January. There's stacks to see and do including awesome roving wildlife, a colouring in competition; face painting on weekends and much more!