The Premier has had to announvce some new covid restrictions in some Local Government Areas around Brisbane.

Fortunately, the Darling Downs is not one of those areas.

The zoo operates under a covid safe plan and is open daily from 9am.  Last entries are at 3pm and the zoo closes at 4pm.

We are open every day of the year except Christmas Day.

Come and enjoy our beautiful animals in covid safe surroundings.

 

Regional Queensland needs you and we are Good to Go!!

WE'RE OPEN AGAIN!!!

Tuesday, 09 June 2020 12:20

THE DAY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!!

After a huge amount of work by our industry Zoo and Aquarium Association, in conjunction with some of the State’s participating zoos, we have had an Industry Covid SAFE PLAN accepted by the Queensland government.

This means that the Darling Downs Zoo will be open again from 9am Wednesday 10 June.  There are a few rules that we will all have to follow:

  • If you are unwell, or are exhibiting Covid like systems, please do not come to the zoo until you are feeling better.
  • We are not allowed to admit you if you are not well.
  • Visitor numbers will be limited to government approved social distancing guidelines. This will not be a problem to us as our zoo covers 122 acres of wide open country.
  • Personal social distancing will be required.
  • Oral and hand hygiene must be practiced. We have hand sanitising points throughout the zoo and soap dispensers for hand washing located at the amenities block.
  • You are required to give us your name, address and phone number for the lead person in each group of entrants.
  • Keeper talks are not yet allowed in order to minimise the gathering of people in a group. Please feel free to ask any of our staff any questions that you may have about the zoo and our animals.  We all love a chat!
  • For the same reason we will not be offering crocodile and snake photo opportunities until further notice.
  • Personal Animal Encounters are still available but our keepers will insist on social distancing between participants and also between you and the animals as appropriate.
  • When ordering food and drinks, please place your order, receive your order number and wait outside the shop until your number is called.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you back to Queensland’s largest and most diverse regional zoo.  There have been lots of new arrivals while we have been closed – Kyle a rehab Koala who can’t be released to the wild; Balu, our beautiful young Komodo Dragon; Lenny, a critically endangered Addax baby, a gorgeous pair of endangered Golden-lion Tamarins, Emperor Tamarin babies, Agouti babies and five critically endangered Radiated Tortoises.  The Tortoises had been illegally poached from the island of Madagascar and were being smuggled through Hong Kong when they were seized several years ago.   After all of the government processes were completed the Darling Downs Zoo imported over 20 of them to take part in a species management program with other Australian zoos.  The whole project was one of the most difficult and protracted imports that we have ever undertaken, but the good news is that all of the tortoises have now been placed with participating zoos.  We are incredibly thankful to our colleagues at Zoos South Australia, without whose support this happy outcome would not have been possible.  Our zoo has retained five of the imported animals to join our existing five and we are looking forward to seeing these ten critically endangered little animals forming the basis of a breeding program here at the Darling Downs Zoo.

Some of these newcomers have not experienced visitors before so not all will be on display all of the time.

ZOO RE-OPENING NEWS

Monday, 01 June 2020 14:05

The State government position about the re-opening of zoos is changing rapidly.

Technically we are now able to re-open the zoo from today - June 1.

However, we are still only able to open to 20 people.  We have done the sums and this would mean that we would lose more money than we are losing now if we opened to just 20 people. 

In conjunction with our zoo associations, and some of our colleagues, we have asked the government to allow us to open to more people.  There is scope for us to do so under the new guidelines.

To date we have not heard back from the State government Health Department as to whether we will be permitted to do so and, if so, what the requirements are going to be.

We will update this website, and our Facebook page, just as soon as we have any news.

In the meantime, thank you all for your support - it has been tremendously important to us.

ZOO CLOSED

Friday, 27 March 2020 13:30

We have just been advised that the Queensland State government has decreed that all zoos must close.

Effective immediately, the Darling Downs Zoo is now CLOSED.

What the future holds nobody knows.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 26 MARCH 2020

Thursday, 26 March 2020 08:30

At the moment the zoo meets all of the government's requirements for ensuring the health of staff and visitors.

We have heaps of room for "social distancing" and plenty of hand sanitiser and liquid soap available.

We have cancelled keeper talks, photo ops and some personalised Animal Encounters where build ups of people could occur.

We are mindful that, in times of stress, many people would like to get away from the worries of their daily life for a while.  The zoo, in it's natural rural setting, and with it's beautiful animals, is the ideal safe place to visit.

 

Therefore the ZOO IS OPEN!

 

However, new laws and regulations are being brought in daily and this position could change very quickly.  Please visit the website NEWS page or our Facebook page for any updates.

THE DARLING DOWNS IS GREEN AGAIN!

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 12:56

YES - WE ARE GREEN AGAIN!

After such a prolonged dry spell it is wonderful to see the surrounding countryside, and the zoo itself, looking so beautiful!!

This does not mean that the drought has broken - far from it.  We will need a long period of follow up rains for that to be said with any certainty.

It also does not mean that drought affected people and businesses have now recovered.  It will take quite a few years for many of us just to get back to the position that we were in before the drought hit.

What it does mean is that you, our visitors, can enjoy your visit in cooler, more appealing conditions.

We have lots of new things for you to see - baby Blackbuck Antelope, baby Emperor and Red-handed Tamarins, a bachelor group of the cheekiest Squirrel Monkeys you will ever see, Kangaroo joeys galore, our bouncing Serval sisters, tiny new-born baby Baboons and our very impressive pair of Maned Wolves. - just to name a few!!

Check out the website for a range of personal Animal Encounters that can be purchased daily.

We are open every day of the week from 9am.  Last admission time is 3pm and the zoo closes each day at 4pm.

Zoo admission, as well as personal Animal Encounters, can be purchased online for your convenience.

LOTS MORE RAIN!!

Sunday, 09 February 2020 07:47

The zoo has had a huge amount of rain overnight.

 

As a result we will not be accessible for people with any sort of mobility issue at all for the next few days.

 

Giraffe and Addax will also still be off display.

 

Intending visitors are advised to wear sensible footwear, watch where you walk and do not allow your children to run.

 

It is truly great to finally see so much rain but we must be mindful of animal and human safety.

RAIN!

Thursday, 06 February 2020 11:38

The zoo is receiving much needed good soaking rain!  Not enough to produce any run off into the dam yet but enough to make the grass nice and green.

This nice green colour does not mean that the drought is broken - far from it.  However, it does mean that the zoo, and the drive out to the zoo, is now much prettier.

The rain has meant that our paths are much softer than they have been.  At the moment they are not really suitable for people with mobility issues or people with prams and strollers with small city wheels.

Our Giraffe are ungainly and are  particularly susceptible to injuries to their limbs from slippery ground conditions.  While their paddock is so wet they will be kept in their holding yard and stables for their safety and welfare.  They will only be viewable from a distance.

We apologise for any disappointment but hope that you understand that the safety of our animals, our visitors and our staff will always be our priority.

 

RAIN!

Thursday, 06 February 2020 11:38

The zoo is receiving much needed good soaking rain!  Not enough to produce any run off into the dam yet but enough to make the grass nice and green.

This nice green colour does not mean that the drought is broken - far from it.  However, it does mean that the zoo, and the drive out to the zoo, is now much prettier.

The rain has meant that our paths are much softer than they have been.  At the moment they are not really suitable for people with mobility issues or people with prams and strollers with small city wheels.

Our Giraffe are ungainly and are  particularly susceptible to injuries to their limbs from slippery ground conditions.  While their paddock is so wet they will be kept in their holding yard and stables for their safety and welfare.  They will only be viewable from a distance.

We apologise for any disappointment but hope that you understand that the safety of our animals, our visitors and our staff will always be our priority.

 

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 17:41

We have the perfect solution for your Christmas gift shopping needs.

You can buy personalised Gift Certificates for zoo admission or for any of our amazing Animal Encounters.

The certificates are professionally printed, colourful, laminated and carry your personal message to the recipient.

Best of all, they cost no more than the list price for each admission or Encounter.  That's right - printing and postage are absolutely free!!

To solve your Christmas gift problems now simply phone the zoo shop on 07 4696 4107 any day between 9am and 3pm.  Let us know what Gift Certificates you require as well as the wording that you would like on each one. Have your credit card handy and our friendly staff will do the rest.

In past years we have found that Australia Post slows down a bit before Christmas so order your special Gift Certificates early to ensure that they arrive in time for the big day.

OUR NEW WEBSITE!

Monday, 23 September 2019 12:06

OUR NEW WEBSITE!

Our new website is now on line and will be fine tuned over the next few weeks.

The new site is mobile friendly and will also allow you to buy admission tickets and to book and pay for personalised Animal Encounters.

No doubt we will have a few teething problems as we all adjust to the new site so please be patient with us and let us know by email if you are experiencing any difficulties.

 

Pygmy Hippo!

Monday, 17 December 2018 15:18

Kamina is a young female Pygmy Hippopotamus - one of only five specimens of her species in Australia. Fortunately Pygmy Hippos like to live alone as the other four are all related to her.

At the moment the law does not permit the import of Hippos so it is not possible to import a mate for her or any of the other four.

We are working with industry colleagues to assist the government to amend the law to permit such an import. but it will be several years before this will be accomplished.

In the meantime Kamina is being waited on hand and foot by her dedicated keepers and enjoying being the centre of attention.

You can see her in her newly built pool house and paddock just opposite the Meerkats.

The zoo is open every day during the holidays, except Christmas Day. There is a full range of free photo ops and informative talks daily - check out our website for details.