The meerkats have settled in extraordinarily well with many people taking the opportunity to have a meerkat encounter. This involves sitting in the enclosure with their lunch on your lap. Inquiries can be made at the kiosk.
Bison & Barbary Sheep
Our main new arrivals this month are the American Bison – they are huge!! Our two boys arrived from Monarto Zoo on the 21st April. While Monarto staff where here we were able to shift the Barbary Sheep so that they are now all together.
Construction this month has been on a new enclosure for the Spotted-tailed Quoll that arrived late last month. They have been in the Nocturnal House but will be moved into the new enclosure next to the Fossil Cave. With moving a few of the nocturnal animals around we have been able to shift a Woma Python and a Diamond Python onto display. A new dingo area has also been started.
During April we have been able to welcome many locals as new members of the zoo. If you are interested in becoming a member, which represents great value for money, contact us on 5356 4668 or inquire on your next visit.
The meerkats have arrived!! Come and watch these inquisitive little creatures these school holidays. We will be open every day over the Victorian school holidays 10am – 5pm.
Other New Animals
Other new animals this month have been Spotted-tailed Quoll, Red-tailed Phascogales, Wapiti, Ostrich and Western Grey Kangaroos.
Construction is underway for new dingo enclosures and the finishing touches are being made to the bison enclosure with planned arrival in the third week of April.
We would like to thank our sponsors this month – Rayners Fruit & Vegetable Wholesalers, Tim’s Place (Backpackers) and Four Clowns Ice Cream Palour. Their on-going support is much appreciated.
February saw the arrival of the Przewalski’s Horses (pronounced sheh-val-skee). They are a critically endangered species with less than 2000 individual animals in existence. Listed as extinct in the wild in the 1960’s, zoos have played a crucial role in returning this species to its natural habitat with an international captive breeding and reintroduction program. The new arrivals here are excess males not required for the breeding program and are named Valeri who is 20yrs old and Max who is 2yrs old.
“Jabuh”, our male bilby now has a playmate and other additions include white kangaroos and white tammar wallabies.
The meerkat enclosure is well underway with the expected arrival date of the meerkats being the week beginning 22nd March, just in time for the school holidays.
The meerkat enclosure is being sponsored by The Ararat Bakery and their support is much appreciated. If you are interested in sponsoring a particular animal or enclosure please contact us.
During the Victorian school holidays we will be open every day 10am – 5pm.
Extended Opening Hours during School Holidays
During the school holidays we will be open every day 10am – 5pm and until 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Many of our Australian animals are more active in the cool of the evening so take advantage of these extended hours for an enjoyable evening with the animals, then relax in the company of family or friends with a barbecue tea.
“Diesel” our young crocodile now has some Mertens Water Monitors to keep him company. These two species are both found in the inland waters of northern Australia.
“Fidel”, a male from Melbourne Zoo and “Suela”, a female from Taronga Zoo, Sydney are our two new Cotton-top Tamarins. They have been a little shy but are settling in happily together.
Also on display now is a Barn Owl who is currently being housed with the Boobook Owls.
The main construction this month has been extending the Tasmanian Devil area and creating an area nearby for our Eastern Quoll, who will be on display very soon.
This month we would like to thank Shelley (Melbourne Zoo) & family, Grant (exhibiting artist at Halls Gap Zoo) & Helen Thomas and Reppers Rural Merchandise, Stawell for their on-going support.
Our chief new resident to greet you is “Tusk”, who is a creamy white dingo pup now 10 weeks old. He has worked out that his job here is to interact with our visitors, especially the children for whom he will wake from his sleep to play with.
Last Thursday we were able to add a white peacock to the collection. He is currently being housed with the Golden Pheasant and once he has settled in will roam freely with the other peacocks.
With the cooler and wetter weather, Midget has been keeping warm and dry in her above ground den which has been excellent for public viewing.
It’s coming into that time of the year when we get sneak peeks of the next generation of kangaroos and wallabies.
Work is continuing on the new entrance building/art gallery with the opening set for early September. The new enclosures for the small monkeys will also be completed in the next few weeks.
We would like to thank Ron & Jo at Boroka Downs for their continued support by sponsoring the curlews.
All through June we have had new animals arriving. Barbary Sheep, Bush Stone-Curlews, a Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby, two Burmese Python, the first of the Bilbies, Water Buffalo, a newborn in the Blackbuck Antelope, Guinea Fowl and last week two Boa constrictors, a Perentie, and our second Tasmanian Devil.
The wonderful wet weather is still halting progress on the meerkat enclosure but construction is moving along with the Entrance Building. There has been progress on the Freshwater Crocodile area with the pond being emptied ready to fibreglass, walls being painted and the electrical work done. The work required on the American Bison enclosure is also moving along with reinforcement of existing fences. Work also continues on the extension of the pathway that will take you through the Agile Wallaby enclosure and up the hill to where the Bison are going. We plan to develop the hilltop area of the pathway with seating and shade so you can sit and enjoy the panoramic views of the Grampians and Pyrenees.
If you would like to be part of all the exciting happenings at the zoo, ask about our Membership and Sponsorship Packages.
We have had lots of new animals arrive over the last month. In the Nocturnal House you will find Feathertail Gliders and Red-tailed Phascogales. Once you go through the gate you will be greeted by not only the deer now but also some Red Junglefowl. These exquisite little fowl are ancestors of the domestic fowl and have worked out how the system works here very smartly!
We have also added to the off display reptile collection some Central Netted Dragons, Crested Dragons and Spencer’s Monitors. You may have noticed over the last few months that we have been building up the number and variety of reptiles and that at this stage they are not on display. The plan is to have a great display ready for you to see once the Reptile House is fitted out, so keep an eye out for that, most likely towards the end of the year or early next year.
There have been some enclosure changes made near the Red-necked Wallabies to allow some room for another attractive example of a macropod, the Agile Wallaby. Once they have settled in you will be able to enter their enclosure to enjoy the experience of getting close to another of this country’s wonderful wildlife to touch and feed.
Work is also going ahead on the Brush-tail Rock-wallaby enclosure with the fencing nearing completion and a variety of grasses planted – thanks Allan and Lucy for your time and help with that.
With council’s approval through it’s now full steam ahead with the new entrance building, so first impressions when you drive in will be of a construction site. Due to a few things out of our control the arrival of the meerkat’s has been delayed four to six weeks but we will keep you posted on any developments.
Remember you can visit us as many times as you like during open hours for the twelve months your membership is valid.
Thank you for your continued support and remember membership is part of the package.
If you would like to be a member or a sponsor please contact us on 5356 4668.
The Bennetts wallaby, known as the Red-necked Wallaby on mainland Australia, is one of the Tasmania’s most commonly seen native animals. We have acquired a pair of Albino Bennetts Wallaby from Zoodoo Wildlife Park in Tasmania along with a pair of Eastern Quoll.
Male Eastern Quolls are about the size of a small domestic cat, females are slightly smaller. They have soft fur that is coloured fawn, brown or black. Small white spots cover the body except for the bushy tail which may have a white tip. Eastern Quolls were once found throughout southeastern mainland Australia and Tasmania but are now considered to be rare if not extinct on the mainland. Our pair is currently off display as a part of a breeding program.
Camel and Pony Rides at the Zoo
Ever wanted to ride a camel?? Or would you prefer to ride a pony? Boris and Tammy the camels, along with Joey and Ruby the ponies, have been trekking around Queen Vic Market in Melbourne and will now be available for rides at the zoo most weekends, public holidays and during school holidays.
Construction is full steam ahead. We were recently offered the chance to display a 1.5m American Alligator so construction has started on that enclosure. A recent visit of representatives from Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Zoo brings us one step closer to our meerkats arriving (hopefully in May) and their enclosure will be built in the playground area. Another outcome from this visit is the acquisition of “Dot” the Zebra. We are aiming for Dot’s arrival to be July. Our new entry building/art gallery is also on the go.
This month we would like to thank Haircutters Workshop in Stawell for sponsoring the Northern Quoll and Corella Rise Bed & Breakfast for sponsoring the Corellas.
Scottish Highland Cattle
As you drive in take a look to your right hand side at the Highland cattle. These two boys came from Lara and have settled in very well.
These are one of our latest arrivals, coming from Alma Park, Brisbane. They have taken up residence on one of the new mountains we built for them.
Black-headed Python and Diamond Carpet Python are also new but at this stage still off display.
Other New Animals on the Way
Recent weeks have seen lots of behind the scene action with other zoos with some exciting additions coming our way. Watch this space for their arrivals.
New kiosk and entry will begin this month which we are excited about as this will allow current building to be converted to the Reptile Room.