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OK, Siam... Are you sure you remember what we talked about?
Ha ha... That's really funny, Justin. You forgot that elephants never forget!
[Siam, 52-year-old female Asian Elephant]
The Australia Zoo is a family business. It was opened in 1970 by Steve Irwin’s parents Bob and Lyn, as the Beerwah Reptile Park, a home for rescued and rehabilitated wildlife. Steve and Terri took over management of the park seventeen years ago and it has grown to become a world-renowned attraction; espousing the interdependency of all living creatures, and promoting conservation and understanding through exciting, ‘hands-on’ educational experiences at the zoo.
It's important to be ready at all times... Just in case an unsuspecting critter should scurry between my open jaws. [Scrappa, Saltwater Croc]
Guests at the zoo have the opportunity to get up-close to the animals by interacting with many of them in their enclosures and by feeding and petting them. There are informative exhibits, live demonstrations and zookeepers roaming throughout the park featuring some of the smaller, more portable animals. As evidence of the park's success, they are expanding with a "Madagascar-themed" area – which will be home to lions, giraffes and other African plains animals – opening in the near future.
Bird handler, Krystal, with one of the Macaws from the bird show.
On display was an especially poignant exhibit paying tribute to Steve Irwin – a collection of images from years past and a wall of Steve’s iconic khaki shirts and shorts, signed by family, friends, zoo staffers and park visitors, honoring the legacy of the “Crocodile Hunter.”
Should we tell Mr. Cassowary his hairstyle is a bit out of fashion!?
[Bedarra, (or is it: Babinda, Beepa, Rocky or Stomp?) Southern Cassowaries
are second only to the Ostrich in size.]