When you are in search of family fun Australia tours, the world renowned Australia zoo is a must see. The Zoo has many claims to fame, one of the first and foremost being that the zoo was actually founded by the family of the late Steve Irwin. Irwins parents purchased the original four acres of land in 1970, turning it into the Beerwah Reptile Park.
By 1972, the park was starting to gain a reputation as a popular zoological facility, and one of the first to exhibit Australian wild animals in their natural habitat. In 1980, the name of the park was changed to the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park, and another four acres of additional park land were purchased.
Crocodile breeding began at the park in the early 1980s, and soon, the parks reputation as a crocodile conservation and education center was established, and in 1992, the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park officially became the Australia Zoo.
Today, the zoo is home to a wide variety of animal and plant life, including tigers, Tasmanian devils, elephants, rare Galapagos turtles, and more. Indigenous Australian animals, including Dingoes, Echidnas, Wombats, and Bettong also call the zoo their home.
Conservation efforts are in full force at the zoo, thanks to the Wild Life Warriors Ltd Conservation fund, established in 2002 by Steve and Terri Irwin. This effort continues today, and has expanded to include wildlife hospitals, sanctuaries, and education centers throughout Australia.
When you include a zoo visit during your Australia tour, you can opt for a Platinum zoo adventure, which provides you with a day of fun and VIP access to many sights that most visitors never get to see. The zoo includes a personal photographer in the tour package, who will travel with you and take snapshots of your amazing day, and present to you once the tour has ended.
Tour highlights include a private elephant feeding, a green screen family photo op, the opportunity to get up close and personal with cuddly wombats, giant pythons, playful possums, and other animals, and the truly unique opportunity to feed a Galapagos tortoise.
In addition to the tour options, fun for the entire family can truly be found at the Kids Zoo, where at 10:30 AM each morning, every child gets the opportunity to bottle feed a cuddly baby animal. Whatever you decide to do at the Australia Zoo, one visit will make you understand that no Australia tour is truly complete without a stop to this beautiful wildlife sanctuary.
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