Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Australia Zoo Adventure

Happy Steve Irwin Day

Today is November 15th so Australia Zoo celebrates Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter. Steve Irwin is my hero! Steve was the ultimate Wildlife Warrior! The whole Irwin family has created an amazing animal sanctuary which promotes animal conservation and education and helps save animals. Australia Zoo is a truly amazing and inspiring place and yesterday I took a 2 hour journey north to the Sunshine Coast to visit Australia Zoo. I saw kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles, red pandas, elephants, tigers, otters, dingoes and lots of gorgeous birds! 

My favourite part of the Zoo was the brand new Africa Safari exhibit which features Zebras, Rhinos, Giraffe and Cheetahs! Wow it was truly an amazing experience to see these creatures co-existing just like they would in the wild. 

Steve Irwin's parents Bob and Lyn Irwin opened Australia Zoo in 1970, back then it was the Beerwah Reptile Park. Steve grew up at the Zoo he loved animals especially the crocodiles, one in particular Monty, was Steve's favourite and Monty is still at the zoo today! Steve Irwin and his wife Terri took over the Zoo in the early 90's expanding it with new exhibits and renaming it Australia Zoo. After Steve passed away in 2006, Terri Irwin now owns Australia Zoo and with the help of her gorgeous kids Bindi and Robert Irwin she carries on Steve's legacy and passion for animal conservation! 

In 2004 an Animal Hospital opened next to Australia Zoo, which carried on Lyn Irwin's passion and Steve Irwin's dream to save and care for injured animals. This state of the art facility now cares for 8,000 animals a year and costs 2.5 million dollars to run each year. The Wildlife Warriors Wildlife Hospital at Australia Zoo is an amazing place... I visited the Wildlife Hospital and made a donation to the Wildlife Warriors. You can help Australia Zoo continue its amazing work by donating to the Wildlife Warriors. 

I had the most amazing experience at Australia Zoo and encourage you to go if you ever get the chance. If you love animals like I do you will really appreciate how amazing Australia Zoo truly is! I can't wait to go back again one day! 

VIDEO My Australia Zoo Adventure


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