25 September 2012
By LAUREN GROUNSELL
GIRAFFES munched lazily on the scorching African savannah yesterday as Bindi Irwin cried "you beauty!" and officially opened her Bootcamp playground.
Australia Zoo's latest attraction is set against the year-old Africa exhibit and creates an adrenalin rush like no other for kids these school holidays.
Bootcamp playground was once the scene of the daring "Dangerous Dash" in Bindi's Bootcamp TV show.
Fearless contestants had to navigate raging rivers and dodge the jaws of snappy crocodiles before they climbed a sheer rock face to be honoured with the title of Bindi's Wildlife Warrior.
Yesterday the playground was overrun with excited little warriors who climbed the rock wall and tested their animal knowledge by matching an animal with its dinner in the "Deadliest Dinner" challenge, got to know the animals of the zoo in "Who's who in the zoo", and in a Robert Irwin masterpiece, matched an animal with its droppings in "Who the poo are you?"
"I like that idea. It's pretty disgusting, isn't it," Robert said with a cheeky grin.
Disgusting it may be, but the playground is a massive hit and Bindi could not be happier.
"So many kids wanted to experience bootcamp for themselves," Bindi said.
"Now kids can experience all the fun obstacles the kids in the show got to face.
"It tests all the boundaries."
Back from an adventurous trip where they caught and tagged 102 crocodiles on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in north Queensland, the Irwins are excited to be back at the zoo doing what they love - shows with the crocodiles.
"In Australia Zoo throughout the school holidays we're doing shows with the crocodiles which is very exciting," Bindi said.
"It's awesome because every single croc we feed is different," Robert said.
For the first time in two years, Bindi is back with the jungle girls in an action-packed African themed show.
But as always her important conservation message is clear.
"I always say my dad was one man who made a huge difference, he changed the world," Bindi said.
"If one man can make a difference, you can make a difference."