There have been a few changes last month with the Perenties and Mertens Water Monitors going into new enclosures just inside the entry gate and Blotched Blue-tongues going in with the Echidna. We are looking for anyone who has bamboo that needs to be cut back. Call us to organise.
The bio-security fence is finally underway thanks to a dollar for dollar grant received from the State Government.
Do you have all your Christmas shopping done? We have Gift Certificates available for Day Passes, Animal Encounters, Adoptions, etc. The zoo is also proving to be a popular place for end of year work, family or friends parties.
Celebrations Coming Up
Official opening of the Giraffe Complex on Dec 10th with The Hon Martin Ferguson, Minister for Tourism officiating. This is in conjunction with celebrating 30 years since the zoo first opened as Wallaroo Wildlife Park by Colin & Liz Konig.
January has been a very busy month with the animals.
Most exciting was the arrival of Pygmy Marmoset infants. “Inti” gave birth to triplets (not a total surprise with how big her tummy was getting!!) on the 10th January but we were told by our vet and the species coordinator it is extremely rare for them to raise all three. Sadly we did lose one a few days later but the other two are healthy and going well. This species share the responsibility of raising their young with dad, “Churi”, helping by carrying the load then handing them over to mum for a feed. We are the only zoo in Victoria to have Pygmy Marmosets which are the smallest primate in the world.
Other new displays are Kestrels, Whistling Kite and Bustards as well as an Echidna. We also recently added Crested Dragons, Central Netted Dragons and a Death Adder to the reptile displays in the Fossil Cave.
The White-fronted Capuchin family are also now on display down near the Spider-monkeys.
A hectic month with the revamping of enclosures for the birds going on display, building an Echidna, Capuchin and Quoll enclosures and finishing off a second Koala enclosure. Preparation earthworks have began on the Giraffe enclosure and construction will be full speed ahead in readiness for their planned arrival in late March.
Thank you to Four Clowns Ice-Cream Parlour for their on-going support and make sure you try out one of their ice-creams after you visit the zoo.
Tagged Bustards, Capuchin, Central Netted Dragons, Crested Dragons, Death Adder, Echidna, Fossil, giraffe, Kestrels, Koala, primate, Pygmy Marmoset, Quoll, Whistling Kite