The Courier-Mail

A WHO’S WHO OF THE ZOO

- PETER HALL

THE orphans of Queensland’s oldest zoo, Alma Park, have found a permanent new home in the sun.

After 45 years, Alma Park Zoo at Dakabin, north of Brisbane, closed in March last year to make way for a housing developmen­t.

The 200 exotic and native mammals, reptiles, amphibians and crocodilia­ns were carefully shifted to a leased site adjacent to The Big Pineapple, at Nambour, on the Sunshine Coast.

This came as landowners negotiated with Logan City Council for a new venture to Brisbane’s south.

However, with news that the Logan option is no longer on the table, the creatures will now be cared for permanentl­y at a recently created attraction known as Queensland Zoo, at the Sunshine Coast site.

Chief executive Jarrod Schenk said Queensland Zoo operated independen­tly of the previous landowners of Alma Park Zoo. He said the animals, from South America, Asia, Africa and Australia, were thriving in their new home.

“Our focus up here is wholly and solely the welfare of the animals,’’ he said. “We are proud of how well our animals are doing and how well they have adapted to the change.

“They are really happy and the fact that they are breeding is proof of that.”

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