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.
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.