Something that most people know about me is that I have an intense love for crocodiles. I think they are just such beautiful creatures! They have the strongest bite in the world, they are prehistoric, most live in fresh water and lakes, but some do live in salt water. They can weigh over 2600 lbs! They can go through over 8000 teeth throughout their lives. They can be found all over the world, so when I decided to move to Australia I knew that sometime throughout my stay I had to get up close and personal with a croc. Enter Australia Zoo’s crocoseum!
Obviously while in Australia I had to go to the Australia Zoo. This zoo is my favorite in the world. To be honest I’m not the biggest fan of zoos because I think animals are meant to be in nature, not in a glass cage. But being the late and great Steve Irwin’s zoo, you know the Australia Zoo is meant for good. The biggest focus at this zoo is animal and habitat conservation. Every day you can find animals being walked around the zoo so that way people can get up close with the animals and learn more about them. The zoo feels that this way people will grow up not wanting to hurt them.
I completely agree. I’ve never wanted to hurt an animal, and getting to meet baby cheetah’s wandering around, or a full sized wombat, who could grow up wanting to hurt these animals?
The zoo offers guests the opportunity to meet the animals, learn about the endangered species through programs, “adopt” an animal, learn about the breeding programs. The zoo has a patient of the week, currently a koala and her koala joey.
There is so much opportunity for good at this zoo. It is truly a magical zoo.
My favorite part though? The Crocoseum of course!
This photo above is from the Wildlife Warriors show. During the show you see birds, learn about snakes, salt water crocs, and the giant birds that swoop above.
This show isn’t like the kind you would see at a place like Seaworld or Marine Land. It is informative and doesn’t force the animals into doing tricks for the audience.
I loved getting the chance to learn a bit about one of my favorite animals (second only to the Giant Panda!) and when I go back to Australia one day, the Australia Zoo will be on my list to do again!
Have you ever been to the Australia Zoo?
What are your thoughts on zoos in general?