What's that saying about children and animals? Well believe it or not, our Australia Zoo keepers do both - making a special trip to Brisbane's Royal Children's Hospital once a month in order to create some smiles. Last week's visit saw the Australia Zoo team join forces with Batman, Catwoman, Spiderman and The Flash to celebrate the hospital's Families Week in a super way!
Children were able to meet and greet a huge selection of wildlife including a koala, echidna, snake, possum and some of our amazing birds. But the team didn't stop there, also bringing along our mascot tiger, Khan, and elephant, Ploy. The mascots enjoyed dancing and hanging out with the kids as well as mingling with the other mascots that came along for the day - and a special selection of superheroes!
Spiderman was up to his usual tricks, abseiling down the side of the hospital to wave to kids upside down! Right-side-up - Catwoman, Batman and The Flash also performed some awesome tricks for those inside before descending to the ground to mingle with the Australia Zoo wildlife.
The Australia Zoo keepers regularly give up their time outside of work to visit the Royal Children's Hospital.
However, it's not all work and no play for our generous zoo keepers - who truly love chatting to children about the animals and answering all their questions!
The Families Week celebration provided much-appreciated fun for many patients of the Royal Children's Hospital and their families, as they enjoyed a free barbeque and other free activities.
National Families Week coincides with the United Nations International Day of Families that is held on May 15, and strives to celebrate the importance of family units in society.