Summer Has Arrived
Late in arriving but here in force now, isn’t it? The keepers are extra busy with making sure all the animals are being kept as cool as possible and we suggest that if you are planning to visit make it earlier in the day if you can when it’s more comfortable and there’s more animal activity. We open every day at 10am.
We were very fortunate in regard to the fire and our thoughts are with those who were less so. We would like to thank everyone for their support and words of encouragement in person and through Social Media.
As a new year begins we once again reflect on the last twelve months and the achievements we have made. The increased variety of animals on display in new or revamped enclosures are all contributing to our growing reputation of being Victoria’s largest regional zoo with now over 160 different species around the 2km walking track and well worth a visit. With plans to keep moving forward – watch this space.
We would like to thank the local business houses for their continued support this past year by way of their sponsorships and in particular this last month to Four Clowns Ice Creams so make sure you try out one of their ice-creams after you visit the zoo.
The Brolga crèche has been expanded with the arrival of two males from Serendip Sanctuary. We also took down to them a female Bustard and bought back a male so that we both have a pair each. The Red Panda from Cairns has settled in and can be seen exploring his new home.
Do you have all your Christmas shopping done? We have Gift Certificates available for Day Passes, Animal Encounters, Adoptions, etc.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the last twelve months and wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Some comings and goings this month. We took some Owl chicks to the National Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra as well as to Chris at Wild Action who also took some Wallaby joeys. We picked up Gila Monsters from Taronga Zoo in Sydney as well as an Alligator and Burmese Python from Australian Reptile Park at Gosford The Tassie Devils destined for release on Maria Island (off the coast of Tasmania) are going well and will fly out of Stawell on Wednesday.
We have had lots of groups coming through from schools and Probus Clubs. Also visiting this month was a recently retired Curator from Melbourne Zoo who spent some time training the keepers.
Come and see the new piglets. “Sniper” is looking after her first litter like a champ. Action down in the goat enclosure with the arrival of “Fergus” and some cute kids as well. The first of the Devils destined for release back into disease-free areas of Tasmania have arrived. Shey and Izazi, two more Servals have arrived after a couple months in quarantine.
Make your way to the zoo to entertain the children for a few hours over the holidays.
Memberships are great value with the cost being equivalent to two visits and you can come as many times as you like in the 12 months from date of purchase.
After 8 months of hiding, little joey Becky has finally emerged from mum’s pouch!
National Threatened Species Day
National Threatened Species Day is held on 7th communities to help conserve Australia’s unique native fauna and flora.
At Halls Gap Zoo we are poised ready to take delivery of numerous Tasmanian Devils as part of the Tasmanian Devil Insurance Population Project – the first group set to arrive Sept 24. The majority of Devils born in mainland zoos are intensively managed so they are coming here to learn how to “become Devils” with minimum human contact and managed in such a way they will learn natural Devil behaviours in large enclosures before being transported to the disease-free islands and protected peninsulas of Tasmania.
We have had a reshuffle with the Primates to allow for a new Cotton-top Tamarin.
Main construction this month has been for “Maggie” a Wedge-tailed Eagle that is coming to us from Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Queensland. Travelling with Maggie will be the first Brolgas for the “nursery” flock. Halls Gap is to be the meeting ground for the young brolgas in the zoo system where they will choose their mates before moving on to other zoos as a bonded pair.
Memberships and Sponsors
It’s a great time of year to join the Halls Gap Zoo family. Memberships allow you to visit as many times as you want over a twelve month period.
Many thanks to the continued support from our Sponsors, Bob and Steph from Boroka Downs and Shelly Waldon from Melbourne.
Our new Primate Complex is now completed with the Spider-monkeys and Lemurs being shifted in alongside the Black-capped Capuchins. Joeys are now poking their noses out of their mum’s pouches and may even feed from your hand. The new Tasmanian Devil area is progressing and we had two new devils arrive this week.
Looking for somewhere to take the kids over the holidays? Allow a few hours, if not all day, to see over 160 species from Australia and around the world. Bring a picnic lunch or sausages for a bbq.
The Pygmy Marmoset twins are growing fast and are lifting their heads to check you out when you come to visit. The Common Marmoset baby is very independent now, making his own way round instead of hitching a ride everywhere. The Black-capped Capuchins have settled into their new enclosure extremely well and are proving to be as popular as ever.
There’s been some action down in the pig pen. We have extended the yard to be substantially bigger and introduced “Sniper” a little miniature pig but unfortunately, we did have a sad time with losing one of our favourites, Peaches, to cancer.
We’ve had some late nights with a film crew in from Germany who are making a documentary about the threats to some of Australia’s unique species such as Bilbies and Wombats.
The Common Marmosets have just given birth to a single baby and are all doing well.
Jumanji, our Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat has moved down to Melbourne Zoo for breeding purposes with the plan for some future young to come to us.
The White-fronted Capuchin family have just shifted to Mansfield Zoo.
With the capuchins being shifted their enclosures are now displaying species of birds such as Amazon Parrots, Eclectus Parrots and Fruit Doves.
Looking for something for the children to do over the holidays, come visit the zoo.
Check out the Crocodile feeding at 12 noon each day or take part in one of the animal encounters.