March 2005

Easter With The Animals

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Weekender Issue 361 March 18-24 2005


News Source: Weekender, page 25, issue 361, March 18-24 2005

Crikey! Easter is going to be a ripper at Australia Zoo with a free breakfast, daily Easter concert, Easter egg hunt and coming soon… the opening of Tiger Temple.

Not too long ago we were introduced to Australia Zoo’s gorgeous Bengal and Sumatran tiger cubs. By jingo – these cats have grown big. Along with the introduction of Queensland’s only cheetahs soon comes the opening of what is being hailed as one of the world’s best big cat enclosures, Tiger Temple.

New Enclosure: Tiger Temple will have glass walls and boast an amphitheatre and three viewing areas that allow a closer-than-ever look at these kings of the animal world. Tigers are one of the few big cats who love swimming and Australia Zoo will soon be the only place in the southern hemisphere with an underwater viewing area.

Australia Zoo’s promotions manager, Sally Townsend can’t hide her enthusiasm for the upcoming developments. “Tiger Temple is the most beautiful wildlife enclosure I have ever seen,” she said. “We are so lucky to have huge crocs, tigers, elephants and now cheetahs right here on the Sunshine Coast – right here in our own backyard.”

Tiger Temple will be the first completed stage of Australia Zoo’s south-east Asia precinct development with an elephant enclosure soon to follow.

Easter fun: Five days of Easter fun start on Thursday, March 24 with free rides, face painting and the twice-daily Hippity Hop, It’s Easter Concert. A free buffet breakfast will great all visitors on Good Friday and it wouldn’t be Easter without the egg hunt on Easter Sunday.

Australia Zoo offers adults a chance to relax at the end of the day to the soothing sounds of the Gubbi Gubbi Indigenous Dancers while the kids enjoy the free jumping castle and pirate ship rides. Then there’s the stilt-walkers, magician and the gorgeous ‘bunny babes’. You can even go into the draw to win loads of prizes, including a weekend holiday to Hervey Bay.

To top it all off, there’s still the regular attractions like the snake, bird and croc shows at the 5000-seat Crocoseum and the chance to hug a koala, handle a giant snake, take a wombat for a walk, hold a baby alligator, perch an eagle on you arm, hand out with tortoise or hand feed an elephant – the only place in Australia you can do so. Australia Zoo is open every day over the Easter period. Phone 5436 2002 or visit for further information.