We stopped at the Australian Zoo on our way down to Brisbane. This is the Zoo of the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. Here he seemed to be still alive with all the pictures and statues of him. You could still feel his passion for animals and the nature.
His parents established the Zoo in 1970 but when Steve and his wife took over the management in 1992 the Zoo grew rapidly – from 4 to 100 acres with over 1,200 animals. The animals here came here because they had been injured mostly in car accidents or had to been removed because of danger. Most of them can not be released anymore.
We really liked the educational part of the Zoo. All the time it was made clear why it is important to respect and protect the nature and animals. The kids really learn not to feed the animals otherwise they can become sick.
The koalas were for sure our favorites. Well we didn’t agree with touching those cuddly cute animals.
Since most of the entrance fees goes towards animal projects you feel quite good afterwards. I just say good marketing effect.