The Laughing Frog Lolly Shop and Water Park
The Laughing Frog Lolly Shop and Water Park is a fun-filled area open to all guests, and boasts spectacular wildlife sculptures designed by our Australia Zoo artists!
Laughing Frog Water Park and Crikey Kids Corner
Cool off in our water splash play area, designed for keeping even our youngest guests safe and refreshed. Watch out when our enormous laughing frog starts croaking – an avalanche of water will be on the way!
This play area within Australia Zoo is not to be missed, especially over the spectacular spring and summer days that Queensland offers!
Laughing Frog Lolly Shop
The Laughing Frog Lolly Shop has over 300 different types of lollies and loads of ice-cream flavours, so there is sure to be something to suit the entire family. Grab a coffee and watch the kids as they play in the water park.
We are committed to evolving our environmentally sustainable practises.
As part of our commitment to sustainable practises, we are palm oil free across our Laughing Frog Lolly shop and Retail outlets. This conscious decision is to protect orangutan habitats and other vulnerable species from deforestation.
The population of orangutans in Borneo had been lost over the last 30 years as the jungle was cleared for farming. Plantations, such as palm oil crops, filled the once lush, tropical vegetation which was home to large swathes of breeding ground for our orange-tinged primate cousins. Now sitting in the endangered category and with their homes being slashed away for profit, the orangutan is fighting for survival. Finding a way for businesses to prosper in harmony with the environment around us takes work and a collaborative approach.
We undertook an audit of all of the 1347 products we purchase, across multiple suppliers, for any line items that contain palm oil. It turns out it is as common as spots on a cheetah! We reached out to all suppliers, distributors and brand partners and asked them where they stood on the matter and how willing they were to be part of our project to ensure that any products we required that contain palm oil were procured with a Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification. The RSPO was created in 2004 with the objective of promoting the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products through credible global standards and multi stakeholder governance. Early on in the piece, the RSPO was widely criticised for various reasons but has gathered acclaim and endorsement as recently as 2018, by WWF noting that the Round Table “represents an essential tool that can help companies achieve their commitments to palm oil that is free of deforestation, expansion on peat, exploitation and the use of fire.”
During the process of this action plan there were some businesses that were not committed to accepting accountability for what they were selling. We made the call to separate ties from businesses not interested in accepting accountability for their products and directed our support to companies who were willing to come along and be proud of their ethical stance. We weighed up the true cost of purchasing non-sustainable products and we were unanimous in backing the companies who supported our global mission statement, and believed our commitment to the environment and its inhabitants was more important than anything else.
We are incredibly proud to now stand up and say that our Laughing Frog Lolly Shop is completely palm oil free and that any products containing palm oil, purchased into our eateries, are covered by an RSPO certification. The byproduct of a company of our size making this change is that other businesses benefit from the improved supply chain of sustainable products. It helps to educate suppliers and distributors on ethical sourcing and improve their brand standing among conscious purchasers. The big winners, apart from the animals of course, are the farmers and producers who are putting in the work to do the right thing and are being rewarded for being accountable for their practises.
This project is like a single drop in the ocean, sending ripples into untold places. We hope to inspire others to take accountability for what they do, to see that the decisions that we make can impact places, people and animals from around the world, and to be the voice for those that have none.
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