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News Source: Sunshine Coast Daily (17th April 2007)

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ONE hibiscus at Australia Zoo is strictly off-limits to the tortoises and iguanas.

While the reptiles are partial to munching down a bloom or two, the hibiscus planted yesterday holds special meaning – it is the first of a new breed, the Daniel Morcombe Hibiscus.

Created by Glasshouse Mountains breeder Allan Little, the plant was bought at the Dance for Daniel silent auction by Brisbane woman Kelly Shannon, who outbid Bindi Irwin.

In an amazingly generous gesture, Kelly then donated the $2500 plant to Australia Zoo to plant as a permanent memorial to Daniel.

Bruce Morcombe said the hibiscus, in a prominent position at the zoo entrance, would keep his son on people's minds.

"It's something that will live on – it's so people don't forget Daniel.

"People will continue to fight on. Even when we have the answers, this will be here, as a reminder for other people."

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