Why not take a walk on the wild side?

See what’s new at Dar­ling Downs Zoo

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

SEE the won­ders of the an­i­mal king­dom from around the world, with­out leav­ing the coun­try, when you visit Dar­ling Downs Zoo.

The zoo, lo­cated roughly half way be­tween Toowoomba and War­wick at Pil­ton, on the Gat­ton – Clifton Road, is fast de­vel­op­ing into one of the bet­ter re­gional zoos in Aus­tralia.

The lat­est ad­di­tion is the ar­rival of an African ser­val.

This is a spot­ted African wild­cat and is in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful.

It is so beau­ti­ful that it is hunted for its skin and is be­com­ing more dif­fi­cult to find in its na­tive habi­tat.

The zoo will even­tu­ally have a breed­ing group of th­ese re­mark­able cats.

Pairs of en­dan­gered rhi­noc­eros igua­nas can also be seen at the zoo in the Amer­i­can precinct.

. The zoo in­tends to breed them as part of its com­mit­ment to cap­tive breed­ing of en­dan­gered species.

The Dar­ling Downs Zoo has just cel­e­brated its eighth birth­day af­ter an event­ful year.

The zoo has been ad­mit­ted into the pres­ti­gious Zoo and Aquar­ium As­so­ci­a­tion and is tak­ing part in that as­so­ci­a­tion’s con­ser­va­tion cap­tive breed­ing pro­grams.

As part of that in­volve­ment, the zoo has just re­ceived an en­dan­gered Su­ma­tran tiger.

Less than 400 of th­ese re­main in the wild.

The zoo has also qual­i­fied as a quar­an­tine sta­tion for im­ported zoo an­i­mals and there will be sev­eral ex­cit­ing new species com­ing from over­seas over the next few months.

While at the zoo, why not ex­pe­ri­ence the Big Cat En­counter: at $80 per per­son, adult or child our spe­cially trained keeper will ac­com­pany you be­hind the scenes to feed some of the lions, white lions and beau­ti­ful new Su­ma­tran tiger, through spe­cial aper­tures in their en­clo­sures.

Three groups of big cats for the price of one. It is the thrill of a life­time and absolutely safe. Al­ter­na­tively, ac­tu­ally go in with the cheeky mar­mosets and feed them spe­cial treats for just $60 per per­son.

All the pro­ceeds from th­ese en­coun­ters go to­wards im­prov­ing the zoo.

A day at the zoo is a great way to bring the fam­ily to­gether It is open ev­ery day dur­ing the Queens­land school hol­i­days – 9am – 3pm.

For in­for­ma­tion tele­phone 4696 4107or visit www. dar­ling­down­szoo.com.au

RARE BEAUTY: The African Ser­val is the lat­est ad­di­tion to Dar­ling Downs Zoo.

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