our ambassadorThe Darling Downs Zoo has recently been accepted into the European program to breed the endangered Sri Lankan Leopard.  This is a huge honour as, to date, only two Australian zoos have been accepted into this program - Adelaide zoo being the other.

Late in 2017 we will receive a breeding pair of these beautiful, but endangered, Leopards.  In cooperation with the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria and our own Australian Zoo and Aquarium Association we will breed Leopards here to support the global captive conservation efforts.

We now need to construct a breeding facility and are raising the necessary funds to do so. This project will cost us about a quarter of a million dollars to develop and, as we do not get any government grants to assist us, we would be grateful for any help that we can get.  We need lengths of steel, sheets of mesh, sheets of Colourbond, paint, concrete, plywood, timber poles, rocks [big ones!] and plants galore in order to create a naturalistic home for the Leopards.  Please phone us or email us if you are able to help in any way - we would love to hear from you.  


Mrs Lilian Lorraway Tigell

The Darling Downs Zoo is a privately owned and operated facility and receives absolutely no support from any Government department. We therefore rely heavily on the patronage of the zoo-going public. We could not sustain our animals or maintain and improve our conservation and education initiatives without your support and without the added backing of our benefactors and commercial partners.

Here's how you can help!


Keep on coming! We are constantly building and improving enclosures to house our ever increasing family of rare and beautiful animals. We couldn't do this without your support and you can continue to visit in the knowledge that you will see new attractions while supporting a very worthwhile endeavour.


We are extremely grateful to the many benefactors who have donated money to the zoo, engaged in fund raising activities for us or have honoured us with bequests. Please talk to us about what you can do to help our projects in this way and what we can do to immortalise your memory here at the zoo.

Not all of our benefactors help us with financial support. We are equally grateful to those of you who donate plants to beautify the zoo, fertiliser, animal food, use of machinery, paper and ...... time!


Others support our efforts by volunteering their time. Without them we would have a much more difficult job to keep the gardening up to date, observe animal activities, keep the shop clean, distribute brochures and all those little jobs that we just "never have time to do"!


We also receive some very worthwhile assistance from the corporate sector. Corporate events have been held at the zoo, our corporate colleagues have tagged us on their television commercials, we have received donations of building and fencing materials, machinery hours, ponds, pools, printing and graphic design skills to name just a few.

In return for their support, and to enhance the value that they can get from their relationship with us, we can give our commercial partners special activities, out of normal hours visits, access to our unique facilities and commercial opportunities that are available to no-one else.

We could not have reached the stage that we are at now without the support that we have received from these individuals and businesses:

  • Mrs Lilian Lorraway Tigell - our wonderful zoo ambassador!
  • Cracker Print and Paper
  • Clive Berghofer Group
  • Michael Maher - Quarry and Gravel
  • Mark and Karlene Robinson and Family
  • Beth Tailby
  • Jenny and Trevor Radke
  • Joyce and the late Barry Bell
  • The Brett Turkington family