News - Darling Downs Zoo
After more heavy rain on Thursday the whole zoo is waterlogged.
Although all of our animals and staff are safe, we do have lots of cleaning up to do.
Therefore we will be closed again today Friday 4 March 2022.
The weather forecast for the next few days is not overly encouraging so please keep an eye on this website for the latest news.
TODAY IS THE DAY!
WE WILL BE OPEN AGAIN FROM 9am THIS MORNING.
HOWEVER WE ARE STILL DRYING OUT AND SOME OF OUR PATHS WILL BE A BIT ROUGH.
WE ARE NOT YET FULLY ACCESSIBLE FOR PEOPLE WITH PRAMS WITH SMALL WHEELS NOR MOBILITY DEVICES SUCH AS WHEELCHAIRS.
MORE RAIN IS PREDICTED FOR LATER THIS WEEK SO PLEASE CHECK HERE FOR UP TO DATE DETAILS FOR ANY PARTICULAR DAY.
ALL OUR ANIMALS ARE SAFE AND WERE GLAD TO SEE THE RETURN OF THE SUN!!
WE EVEN HAD TWO BLACK SWAN CYGNETS AND A BABY LLAMA BORN DURING THE WET WEATHER!
Although this past week's rain event now seems to be fading, we have lots of cleaning up to do at the zoo.
Therefore we will not be open to visitors today - Monday 28 February.
We will let you know just when the zoo is able to re-open.
In the meantime we apologise for any disappointment.
YOU GUESSED IT - CLOSED AGAIN TODAY!!!
DUCKS AND SWANS ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME. TWO NEW CYGNETS HAVE HATCHED DURING THE WET WEATHER.
KEEPERS ARE SOLDIERING ON - THEY ARE A SPECIAL TYPE OF PERSON. DEDICATED IN THE TRUE SENSE OF THE WORD.
ANOTHER UPDATE TO FOLLOW TOMORROW MORNING.
NOT SURPRISINGLY THE ZOO IS CLOSED AGAIN TODAY DUE TO THE CURRENT WET WEATHER EVENT IN SOUTH-EAST QUEENSLAND!
OUR GROUNDS ARE WATERLOGGED AND MANY OF THE ACCESS ROADS TO THE ZOO ARE CLOSED.
THANKS TO THE DEDICATION AND HARD WORK OF OUR STAFF, IN TRULY MISERABLE CONDITIONS, ALL OF OUR ANIMALS ARE SAFE AND WELL.
WE WILL UPDATE YOU AGAIN TOMORROW [SUNDAY] MORNING. IN THE MEANTIME STAY SAFE AND IF IT'S FLOODED FORGET IT!
AS A RESULT OF THE CURRENT WET WEATHER EVENT ENCOMPASSING SOUTH-EAST QUEENSLAND THE ZOO WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY TODAY.
ALL OF OUR STAFF ARE SAFE AND ALL OF OUR ANIMALS ARE SNUG AND DRY IN THEIR WARM BEDS.
WE WILL UPDATE THE SITUATION BY 9am TOMORROW [SATURDAY]
STAY SAFE EVERYONE AND REMEMBER - IF IT'S FLOODED FORGET IT!
The Darling Downs Zoo has been offering up close and personal Encounters with some of our animal species for many years. All of these Encounters are licensed by the Queensland State government and operate under a specified procedure.
Over the years many thousands of people have gained a new appreciation for the species that they have encountered here. The Encounters have also been enriching for the animals involved.
We have never had an insurance claim involving any of our Encounters.
Now, with only a few days notice, our insurance company has decided that our Zebra Encounters and Giraffe Encounters are not able to be insured.
As of today, Tuesday 1 February 2022, we will not be able to offer you Zebra Encounters or Giraffe Encounters.
All of our other Encounters - Meerkat, Big Cat, Marmoset etc continue as usual and remain fully insured.
As with every other zoo in Queensland, the Darling Downs Zoo is legally obliged to comply with the law.
At the moment the law is very specific that all people who enter the zoo, even our staff and contractors, must be double vaccinated or have an authorised exemption.
All entrants must show our staff proof of vaccinations in an acceptable form, or an appropriately issued exemption from vaccination.
The zoo is liable for very heavy fines if it does not obey this law.
We understand that there are some people who do not wish to be vaccinated and we respect that choice.
We do not have any choice about the law and so we ask that you respect our position.
Do not take your anger out against our staff - they can't change the law for you. However, they are duty bound to ensure that all entrants to the zoo are in compliance with the law.
Please show them the respect that we are all showing you.
Unfortunately our well known sausage sizzle will be off the lunchtime menu for a few weeks as we undertake some work on our cooking facilities.
You are always welcome to bring along your own picnic, or use one of our outdoor barbeques for free.
Our shop sells a range of sandwiches, pies, sausage rolls, croissants, tea, coffee, cold drinks and ice creams.
Thanks for your understanding.
Although our quarry is flooded and we also can't hire any machinery at the moment, we have been able to use the tractor to grade the worst parts of the paths.
We are now open again but we advise visitors to wear their tough walking shoes.
The paths are not yet suitable for prams with small wheels or for people with mobility issues.
We will be continuing to work on them, as machinery and materials become available, so that they will be up to speed again for the upcoming holidays - weather permitting!
Following yesterday's very heavy rain, and continuing rain today with more forecast, the zoo will be closed all day today - Thursday 9 December.
We apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience that this decision will cause to some of you but hope that you understand that all of our decisions are made with the best interests of our animals, our visitors and our staff in mind.
Following the best rain that we have had here for a decade, the sun is now shining again and the zoo is open!
We open at 9am every day except Christmas Day, last entries to the zoo are at 3pm and the closes each day at 4pm.
The paths are still a bit on the rough side so wear your walking shoes or boots. The grass is still soggy in parts but you will be OK if you stay on the paths.
Gift Cards are on sale for Christmas gifts - just phone the zoo on 07 4696 4107 between 9.30am and 3pm, have your credit card handy and our friendly staff will do the rest.