The marmosets have had neighbours move in. Two male Cotton-top Tamarins have come to us from the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra. They are an amazing little primate with a distinctive white mane which tapers to a ‘mohawk’ above their head. They have white underbellies and a dark brown back and tail.
Three Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies can be found in one of the walk-through enclosures. Make sure you stay on the path and go quietly as you look for them on the rocks and in the trees. Reeves’s Pheasant and Chukar Partridge are also new to this enclosure.
“Diesel” our young freshwater crocodile is now on display in the entrance building.
A new addition to the Zoo is a Fossil Cave. Located in the building that was previously the kiosk, the cave houses a wonderful display of fossils ranging from Trilobites to a Tyrannosaur skull.
The main development this month has been the opening of our new entrance and art gallery. This is an impressive pyramid-shaped building constructed of oregan beams, clad in colourbond with a glass apex. The artwork, which is available for purchase, is prominently nature-based and includes work by local, national and international artists.
Cr Kevin Erwin, Mayor of Northern Grampians Shire, performed the official unveiling during formal proceedings on the 8th September. Chris Burchett, CEO from Grampians Tourism, was Master of Ceremonies for the event and special guests included representatives from major zoos, sponsors and members of Halls Gap Zoo, regional tourism operators, and local schools.
This development has been made possible by the generous support of David O Jones Mitre 10 Stawell.