News - Darling Downs Zoo
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.
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!
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.
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.