ZOO CLOSED

27 March 2020

We have just been advised that the Queensland State government has decreed that all zoos must close.

Effective immediately, the Darling Downs Zoo is now CLOSED.

What the future holds nobody knows.

At the moment the zoo meets all of the government's requirements for ensuring the health of staff and visitors.

We have heaps of room for "social distancing" and plenty of hand sanitiser and liquid soap available.

We have cancelled keeper talks, photo ops and some personalised Animal Encounters where build ups of people could occur.

We are mindful that, in times of stress, many people would like to get away from the worries of their daily life for a while.  The zoo, in it's natural rural setting, and with it's beautiful animals, is the ideal safe place to visit.

 

Therefore the ZOO IS OPEN!

 

However, new laws and regulations are being brought in daily and this position could change very quickly.  Please visit the website NEWS page or our Facebook page for any updates.

YES - WE ARE GREEN AGAIN!

After such a prolonged dry spell it is wonderful to see the surrounding countryside, and the zoo itself, looking so beautiful!!

This does not mean that the drought has broken - far from it.  We will need a long period of follow up rains for that to be said with any certainty.

It also does not mean that drought affected people and businesses have now recovered.  It will take quite a few years for many of us just to get back to the position that we were in before the drought hit.

What it does mean is that you, our visitors, can enjoy your visit in cooler, more appealing conditions.

We have lots of new things for you to see - baby Blackbuck Antelope, baby Emperor and Red-handed Tamarins, a bachelor group of the cheekiest Squirrel Monkeys you will ever see, Kangaroo joeys galore, our bouncing Serval sisters, tiny new-born baby Baboons and our very impressive pair of Maned Wolves. - just to name a few!!

Check out the website for a range of personal Animal Encounters that can be purchased daily.

We are open every day of the week from 9am.  Last admission time is 3pm and the zoo closes each day at 4pm.

Zoo admission, as well as personal Animal Encounters, can be purchased online for your convenience.

LOTS MORE RAIN!!

09 February 2020

The zoo has had a huge amount of rain overnight.

 

As a result we will not be accessible for people with any sort of mobility issue at all for the next few days.

 

Giraffe and Addax will also still be off display.

 

Intending visitors are advised to wear sensible footwear, watch where you walk and do not allow your children to run.

 

It is truly great to finally see so much rain but we must be mindful of animal and human safety.

RAIN!

06 February 2020

The zoo is receiving much needed good soaking rain!  Not enough to produce any run off into the dam yet but enough to make the grass nice and green.

This nice green colour does not mean that the drought is broken - far from it.  However, it does mean that the zoo, and the drive out to the zoo, is now much prettier.

The rain has meant that our paths are much softer than they have been.  At the moment they are not really suitable for people with mobility issues or people with prams and strollers with small city wheels.

Our Giraffe are ungainly and are  particularly susceptible to injuries to their limbs from slippery ground conditions.  While their paddock is so wet they will be kept in their holding yard and stables for their safety and welfare.  They will only be viewable from a distance.

We apologise for any disappointment but hope that you understand that the safety of our animals, our visitors and our staff will always be our priority.

 

RAIN!

06 February 2020

The zoo is receiving much needed good soaking rain!  Not enough to produce any run off into the dam yet but enough to make the grass nice and green.

This nice green colour does not mean that the drought is broken - far from it.  However, it does mean that the zoo, and the drive out to the zoo, is now much prettier.

The rain has meant that our paths are much softer than they have been.  At the moment they are not really suitable for people with mobility issues or people with prams and strollers with small city wheels.

Our Giraffe are ungainly and are  particularly susceptible to injuries to their limbs from slippery ground conditions.  While their paddock is so wet they will be kept in their holding yard and stables for their safety and welfare.  They will only be viewable from a distance.

We apologise for any disappointment but hope that you understand that the safety of our animals, our visitors and our staff will always be our priority.

 

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!

05 November 2019

We have the perfect solution for your Christmas gift shopping needs.

You can buy personalised Gift Certificates for zoo admission or for any of our amazing Animal Encounters.

The certificates are professionally printed, colourful, laminated and carry your personal message to the recipient.

Best of all, they cost no more than the list price for each admission or Encounter.  That's right - printing and postage are absolutely free!!

To solve your Christmas gift problems now simply phone the zoo shop on 07 4696 4107 any day between 9am and 3pm.  Let us know what Gift Certificates you require as well as the wording that you would like on each one. Have your credit card handy and our friendly staff will do the rest.

In past years we have found that Australia Post slows down a bit before Christmas so order your special Gift Certificates early to ensure that they arrive in time for the big day.

OUR NEW WEBSITE!

23 September 2019

OUR NEW WEBSITE!

Our new website is now on line and will be fine tuned over the next few weeks.

The new site is mobile friendly and will also allow you to buy admission tickets and to book and pay for personalised Animal Encounters.

No doubt we will have a few teething problems as we all adjust to the new site so please be patient with us and let us know by email if you are experiencing any difficulties.

 

Pygmy Hippo!

17 December 2018

Kamina is a young female Pygmy Hippopotamus - one of only five specimens of her species in Australia. Fortunately Pygmy Hippos like to live alone as the other four are all related to her.

At the moment the law does not permit the import of Hippos so it is not possible to import a mate for her or any of the other four.

We are working with industry colleagues to assist the government to amend the law to permit such an import. but it will be several years before this will be accomplished.

In the meantime Kamina is being waited on hand and foot by her dedicated keepers and enjoying being the centre of attention.

You can see her in her newly built pool house and paddock just opposite the Meerkats.

The zoo is open every day during the holidays, except Christmas Day. There is a full range of free photo ops and informative talks daily - check out our website for details.