National Threatened Species Day
National Threatened Species Day is held on 7th September each year to encourage communities to help conserve Australia’s unique native fauna and flora. It was first held in 1996 to commemorate the death of the last Tasmanian Tiger in captivity in 1936 in Hobart. The concept was developed to bring an awareness of the predicament of our threatened animals and plants. There are quite a number of Australian animals and plants now known to be extinct with many more classified as either endangered or vulnerable. Zoos around the world are involved in many endangered breeding programs.
At Halls Gap Zoo we are involved in twenty captive breeding programs such as Bilbies, Mainland Tammar Wallabies, Quolls and Bettongs which are breeding successfully; as well as in a supporting non-breeding capacity with several species including Red Panda and Pzrewalski’s Horses.
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GIRAFFE & ZEBRA ARE ON THEIR WAY
It has been an exciting month with notification that we have been allocated giraffe and zebra in this year’s Australia-wide zoo recommendations. With all going according to plan we are aiming at having them here by the end of the year. Contact Greg or Yvonne if you are interested in being involved as special sponsorship packages are available.
Looking for something to do to amuse the children over the holidays? Bring them to the zoo with a bbq or picnic lunch for a great day out for all the family. We are open every day 10am to 5pm.
A new group of Spinifex Hopping-mice and three more Squirrel Gliders have been moved into the Nocturnal House along with all the Possums. Renovations to what was the Possum enclosure enabled us to bring onto display three Blue-winged Kookaburras and a pair of Barking Owls.
The school year is underway with bookings currently being made for both evening encounters at one of the school campgrounds and/or visits here at the zoo. We would like to thank both Norval and Roses Gap for their continued support in this area.
A close encounter with one of our favourites, the meerkats, is still proving to be a great treat along with entering the dingo den or holding an alligator, chameleon or snake.
A popular choice for the young, and the young at heart, is to have your next birthday party at the zoo. Special rates are available so give us a call to book the bbq and enjoy a great family day out.
The main activity with animals this month has been outgoing rather than incoming. As part of the captive breeding management plan, Jasper & Hans (two of our Black-handed Spider-monkeys) have moved to Darwin to make room for a new male, Renaldo, to go in with Heather to hopefully start a family; more females to join them soon.
The zoo weathered the January downpour reasonably well with the main casualty being the pathways; nothing that several truckloads of gravel and many hours of labour haven’t been able to fix and we were only closed for one day. We would like to thank David Martin for getting those loads of gravel here as soon as the road from Stawell was open.
Renovations in the monkey area will provide space for some new displays over the next month.
Halls Gap Zoo will now be open every day of the year, except Christmas Day, 10am-5pm.
We would like to thank Shelley Waldron, Education Officer at Melbourne Zoo for her continued support of the Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies.
HALLS GAP ZOO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Yes we are open. Following the recent weather events we have been quite fortunate with only being closed for one day while waiting for water levels to drop and to make some major repairs to the pathways for them to be wheelchair and pusher friendly again.
This extreme weather has certainly thrown some challenges to many residents and businesses in this region as well as those further afield. With the Grampians National Park currently closed with damage to roads and infrastructure attention turns to what attractions and activities are there in the region for the locals and visitors to enjoy.
As well as enjoying a trip to the zoo, visitors to Halls Gap can still view the grandeur of this magnificent mountain range while enjoying the ambience, observing the local wildlife while devouring their favourite ice-cream or relaxing with a cuppa in the main street. The region can boast to having some of the best wineries in the state as well as the award-winning Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre. And how long have we all been waiting for sufficient water in our lakes to enjoy some decent fishing or water sports?
Please visit and take pleasure in all Halls Gap has to offer one day soon!
2010 Year in Review
It’s that time of the year when we reflect on the past twelve months. We have just celebrated three years as the owners of Halls Gap Zoo, Victoria’s largest regional privately-owned zoo.
During this last twelve months we have concentrated on the upgrading and development of enclosures and have added many new species including Meerkats, Spotted-tailed and Eastern Quoll, American Alligators, Spencer’s and Lace Monitors, Mertens Water Monitors, Barn Owl, Black-headed Flying Foxes, Przewalski’s Horses, American Bison, Diamond, Woma and Black-headed Pythons, a two metre Freshwater Crocodile, Bearded Dragons, Cunningham Skinks, Shingleback Lizards and most recently, the Red Pandas. We would like to acknowledge The Stawell Times-News for the recent story on the Pandas and the need to source bamboo and a special thank you to those who have responded to our need.
We would like to thank our major sponsors The Ararat Bakery and Rotary Club of Ararat as well as our numerous minor sponsors – Four Clowns IceCream Palour, bsk Adventures, Boroka Downs, Ararat VIC Volunteers, Haircutters Workshop, Lake Fyans Holiday Park, Tim’s Place, Grantley & Helen Thomas, PETstock Stawell, Reppers Rural Merchandise, Sheila Vernon, Pykes Pets & Cycles and Corella Rise B & B, and supporting businesses – Howdens of Stawell, Careys Covers, David O Jones Mitre 10, Grampians Furniture, Safeway and Bakers Delight.
Open hours over the school holidays are 10am – 5pm every day.
It has been a very exciting end to November with the arrival of two male Red Pandas.
“Pemba” and “Mani” have been relocated to Halls Gap Zoo as part of the overall management of this species in Australia by the Zoo Aquarium Association.
Red Pandas are in danger of extinction in the wild from illegal hunting and deforestation with only 2500 estimated to remain in the wild; they are CITES Appendix I listed.
We have just celebrated our 3rd anniversary of owning Halls Gap Zoo. It has been a year filled with numerous additions and changes. New species include the Meerkats, Przewalski’s Horses, American Bison, a 2metre Crocodile and of course, the pandas.
The public can now have a close encounter with the meerkats, alligator, chameleon, snake or dingoes. We had our first wedding, a visit from Channel 9 “Postcards” and have added to staff numbers.
Now the weather is warming up and the holidays are upon us just a reminder that the best time of day to visit is in the cool of the morning. We will be open every day during the holidays 10am – 5pm. Closed Christmas Day.
This month we would like to thank Haircutters Workshop, Stawell for their on-going support.
Snakes, Lizards and Crocodiles
The Lizard Pit is completed with its new inhabitants settling in very well. If visitors spend a little time looking around and in the logs and rocks they will see Bearded Dragons, Cunningham Skinks and Shingleback Lizards. On the nearby slope is the Red-bellied Blake Snake in its enclosure. We have taken the two young alligators off display to show you our latest crocodilian; a two metre Freshwater Crocodile, but you can still get to see and hold one of the young alligators with an Alligator Encounter.
The other great excitement amongst our visitors at the moment is spotting the babies including ducklings and joeys. We are most excited at the successful hatching of Bush Stone-curlews chicks as these our one of our endangered species breeding programs.
We would like to thank local artist, Grant Thomas and wife Helen for their continued support. Grant has some of his spectacular apes on display in our art gallery and is sponsor for one group of the Cotton-top Tamarins.
This last month there has been a hive of activity. We have new enclosures being constructed that will appeal to the reptilians out there. There is one for our mid-sized lizards – Cunningham skinks, Bearded dragons, Blue-tongues etc, one for venomous snakes, one for Perenties and another two monitor pits to go in.
Perfect weather for the school holidays has seen lots of people enjoying time out at the zoo. Over the holidays there have been photo opportunities for visitors to be up close and personal with not only the meerkats but also the dingoes, alligators, snakes and chameleon.
We had our first wedding ceremony with Chantelle and Jonathan tying the knot and having lots of photos taken with a selection of animals.
Another special event during September was a visit by Giaan Rooney and some of the team from Channel 9’s “Postcards” show which should air in the next few weeks.
We would like to thank Pomonal Bobcat Services for their continued support and welcome onboard new sponsor BSK Adventures.
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National Threatened Species Day
National Threatened Species Day is held on 7th September each year to encourage communities to help conserve Australia’s unique native fauna and flora. It was first held in 1996 to commemorate the death of the last Tasmanian Tiger in captivity in 1936 in Hobart. The concept was developed to bring an awareness of the predicament of our threatened animals and plants. There are quite a number of Australian animals and plants now known to be extinct with many more classified as either endangered or vulnerable. We can all help in preventing further extinctions by finding out what threatened species are in our backyards, what they need to survive and to help meet this need. For more information go to www.environment.gov.au We have several threatened species in breeding programs and on display at the zoo including Cassowary, Brush-tailed Bettong, Quoll, Bandicoot, Tasmanian Devil, Bilby, Rock-wallabies and Przewalski’s Horses.
This month we would like to thank Boroka Downs (Five Star Luxury Accommodation in the Grampians) and Lake Fyans Holiday Park (Grampians accommodation options to suit all budgets) for their on-going support.