NEW – Animal Adoption
Looking for the perfect gift for the animal lover in your family? Being released just in time for Christmas is the opportunity to personally adopt one of our gorgeous animals. Contact us for more details. We will also be making this available through the website as well.
It’s Our 4th Anniversary
We have just celebrated four years of ownership of Hall Gap Zoo. When we purchased the property 4 years ago there were 50 species of mainly native animals. Now there is over 150 different species to see including the world’s smallest monkey, the Pygmy Marmoset, through to the huge impressive American Bison and, of course, the ever popular meerkats.
We would like to welcome “Grampians Wedding Directory” into our family of sponsors. If you are planning a wedding then check out Beth’s website for a range of products and services that are available in the region to help you organise your big day.
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT OVER 2011 AND WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
The Today Show
Just before Easter we hosted the Today Show with Steve here for the weather crossovers. Very early start to set up (4.30am) and then the showers caused a few changes to our planned activities but still great exposure for the zoo and the region as a whole with highlighting the National Park, the Stawell Gift and Grampians Grape Escape Wine & Food Festival. A big thank you to Grampians Tourism and Tourism Victoria for organising this.
We had excellent visitation over Easter with many taking the opportunity to experience one of the encounters available – feeding the meerkats, going in with the dingoes or holding a snake, alligator or chameleon.
The fundraising has started thanks to the first of our sponsors, Barry Alexander (Surgeon) and Tony Crabtree (farmalinx – Partners in Agriculture).
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.
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.
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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Saturday 31st July saw the arrival of two young male American Alligators that were sourced from The Australian Reptile Park at Gosford, NSW. They currently measure nearly 1 metre in length and will eventually grow to over 4 metres.
American Alligators are better equipped to deal with cooler conditions than any other crocodilian however we have constructed a heated pool for them (with the help of Grampian Pools and Spas) and they will have the choice of indoor heating or for those sunnier days there is an outdoor basking area.
The American Alligators join the 450 plus other animals at Halls Gap Zoo, including the ever popular meerkats who have proven to be a hit with all ages.
Sponsorship from several business, service clubs and private individuals is very much appreciated and this month we would like to thank Howdens of Stawell and Designs n’ Signs for their on-going support.
No new species this month but we still have some new additions for you to see. Sandy and Jedda, a pair of dingoes, have taken up residence in the new dingo enclosures located near the koalas. We are relocating all our dingoes so we can turn their existing area into Tree Kangaroo and Panda enclosures. We have also added to our Himalayan Tahr numbers by moving Taronga Zoo’s (Sydney) males here until they are required for breeding in two years time. This is another example of the partnerships we are building up with many zoos across Australia.
We have been asked to display two Red Pandas later this year and a major part of their diet is bamboo. So, we are asking for anyone who has a stand of bamboo who would be willing for us to harvest a percentage of it from time to time to contact us so we can build up a list of available places we can use while we are waiting for the plants we have put in here to grow large enough to harvest.
The meerkats all have names now – Tiny, Cody, Buddy and Mika. Lots of people are taking the opportunity to experience a close encounter with the meerkats. These have been popular as a birthday present for a friend or family member.
This month we would like to thank Pykes Pets & Cycles and Catnip for their continued support.
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.