Zoo gets new reptile at­trac­tions

Isis Town and Country - - News - By BUND­ABERG RE­GIONAL COUN­CIL

ALEXAN­DRA Park Zoo is now home to 13 cold-blooded crea­tures.

Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil health and reg­u­la­tory ser­vices spokesman Cr Wayne Honor said the new en­clo­sures had been added to the dis­play which house a va­ri­ety of na­tive Queens­land rep­tiles.

“Zoo staff have cre­ated sev­eral spec­tac­u­lar en­clo­sures which mimic the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment of the rep­tiles,” Cr Honor said.

“So you’ll find our keel­back snake in a rain­for­est wa­ter­way dis­play, as they spend 80 per cent of their time in the wa­ter, and our two young coastal car­pet snakes are housed in a ru­ral barn set­ting.

“The cus­tom-built en­clo­sures have heat­ing lamps in them and the tem­per­a­ture is mon­i­tored through­out the day to en­sure the rep­tiles are com­fort­able.”

Cr Honor said the coun­cil was lucky enough to se­cure two lace mon­i­tors from lo­cal busi­ness Snakes Dow­nun­der, which were housed in an out­door dis­play at the en­trance to the zoo.

The other reptile res­i­dents in­clude two bearded dragons, two freck­led mon­i­tors, two brown tree snakes and two land mul­lets.

“The reptile dis­plays were open just in time for the June/July school hol­i­days and proved an in­stant hit with visi­tors young and old,” Cr Hon­our said.

Cr Honor said there had also been some be­hind-the-scenes im­prove­ments at Alexan­dra Park Zoo as part of its long-term re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion.

Cr Honor said the of­fice and workspace at the Bund­aberg zoo had also been ren­o­vated.

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