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January 2004

Bindi loves walking around Australia Zoo with Chloe, the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.

 

Bindi grew up with Australia Zoo's Dingoes. They were little puppies when Bindi was learning to walk.

 
February 2004

Bindi is passionate about Snakes. I think this Black-Headed Python loves Bindi, too!

 
March 2004

Bindi loves Cats, but I'm not sure this is what she had in mind! Arjuna is one of Australia Zoo's Bengal Tiger Cubs.

 
April 2004

Bindi is sharing some quality time with daddy. They are having a play with one of Brenton Bullen's Asian Elephants. Visitors to Australia Zoo even get the give the Elephant girls a feed!

 
May 2004

Bindi helps to feed Emily, the orphaned Koala. Emily lost her mother to Dog attacks.

 
June 2004

Carma is a very lucky Brush-tailed Possum. She is lucky to be alive. She was in her mother's pouch when mum decided to cross the road. Sadly Carma's mother was struck by a car and killed. Little Carma was injured and has a few permanent problems, including losing part of her tail. Bindi absolutely loves Carma and keeps asking if she can come home with us. But Carma is having too much fun to retire just yet! She is part of our Wildlife Encounter Program here at Australia Zoo. She gets to meet visitors for a photo opportunity and to raise money to help other animals in need.

 

Bindi has been working hard to get Dan Higgins geared up for some serious training in the U.S. Dan works in Security here at Australia Zoo and is mad keen on grappling. He is in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the month of June to train with the famous Gaidojutsu instructor, Greg Jackson. Bindi sent Dan off with some of her own tips: If someone gets you in the guard - tickle them. If someone gets you in an arm bar - tickle them. And worst case scenario, if someone gets you in the mount - that's right, tickle them! We wish you the best Dan and we'd like to remind anyone going up against Dan - we don't call him 'Killer Croc' for nothing!

 

Bindi has recently mastered the bicycle as well as her little peewee 50 motorbike. Luckily, one of our team here at Australia Zoo is a driving instructor, so Garry has shown Bindi how to drive defensively and safely. Bindi likes to put on the helmet and pads and cut loose in the South East Asia section of the Zoo. It's still being developed, so there are lots of wide open spaces.

 

Bindi has recently mastered the bicycle as well as her little peewee 50 motorbike. Luckily, one of our team here at Australia Zoo is a driving instructor, so Garry has shown Bindi how to drive defensively and safely. Bindi likes to put on the helmet and pads and cut loose in the South East Asia section of the Zoo. It's still being developed, so there are lots of wide open spaces.

 

School is a real joy for Bindi. She is in the first grade and is so excited to be able to read and write, she got her first report card and was proud to show us her straight A's. (Now if she can just keep that up for the next 12 years).

 

Later this week Bindi will get to meet our brand new Sumatran Tiger Cubs. They are eight weeks old and weigh in at about 15 lbs each (7kg). It's never a dull moment for Bindi.

 
July 2004  

Bindi's cousins, Daniel and Sara, came to Australia to see our fabulous wildlife. Bindi showed them the best vantage point to view wildlife at Westbore, our conservation property in the Brigalow Belt.

 

Bindi worked hard to paint a mother Koala and her Joey, just like the photo. Her art teacher, Slav, was a great coach. Bindi sold her painting for $200 and donated the money to our Koala Hospital.

 

Bindi welcomed everyone to Australia Zoo for her 6th birthday. It was a very fairy birthday with fairies everywhere - even on her cake!

 

Bindi got to model in a fashion show held in our Crocoseum. A birthday girl's dream come true!

 

The highlight of Bindi's Birthday would have to have been the pony rides. I have a feeling we'll be seeing ponies at the zoo again soon!

 
August 2004  

Bindi helps Daniel to treat a crocodile for nose rub. The croc is part of our "Crocs in Space" research project.

 
September 2004  

Bindi is with us in North Queensland surveying a river for crocodiles. The size of this croc slide means a croc over 12' long was just here!

 
October 2004  

Bindi enjoyed trick or treating at Australia Zoo with Casper the friendly ghost!

 
November 2004  

Bindi is loving one of our orphans at the Koala Hospital.

 
December 2004  

Bindi took her mother and brother to Oregon for Christmas. Bindi's favourite part of Christmas was visiting Aunt Bonnie and Uncle John. She even got to make them a special gingerbread house.

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