Another touristy day out and today is the Steve Irwin Zoo and go with greyhound bus, which is so efficient and easy to use. Getting the full day there 10am-4pm, it’s plenty of time to see the full park and see some of the shows. The zoo here is all about the close animal encounters and you can get pictures with koalas, giraffes to cool looking owls!
The highlights of the day being the bird of prey/ croc and tiger show. Amazing how they manage to train the animals especially birds, as they fly or flap wings intune with the music and even will collect and give back a $5 note to a guy in the audience, which is cool. When the croc comes out it is so big and seems so tame doing exactly what they want at right time. Even jumping up out of the water to grab food. At the tiger show, a rare Sumatran tiger, they also manage to get it to jump up a tree and are hand feeding it, which is cool and it just looks like a pet!
Other interesting things were Bindis Island (Steve Irwins Daughter) where there are cute lemurs walking around freely and home to an ugly looking aligator snapping tortoise.
The Africa area is nice with roaming Giraffes, which are so graceful, zebras and rhinos. This is the furthest part in the park and you can use their shuttle, but it’s quite slow so prefer to walk as see more.
The otters are also a favourite and pretty cute, so attached to their trainer again cool to see how they train them and the relationship they build up. It does make you want to be an animal trainer.
Last stop is the sneak peak at the wildlife hospital to see behind the scenes them helping sick animals and where any surgery takes place. It’s only koalas in there, which all seem to have the same thing cystitis and bad eyes poor little guys. It just makes you want to take one home! There are a lot of koalas in the zoo, in 3 different sections and they all are gorgeous and funny to watch as sit in such funny positions in the trees.
It’s overall a really nice day and cool to see how much of a legacy Steve Irwin has left especially at the wildlife sanctuary, although it does feel it’s lost some of it’s buzz as vibe it would have been when Steve Irwin was there. Lots of seating areas around the crocs, where shows would have been put on and no longer seem used. Some of the croc houses also seem small for their size, but still cool to see what it was about and good for a rainy day!
6th February 2016