Rockhampton Zoo Highlights
Rockhampton zoo highlights
Home to more than 60 different species of native and exotic animals, Rockhampton Zoo is set on 10 acres within the stunning Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, located in the leafy suburb of The Range.
The heritage-listed gardens create a timeless atmosphere as you walk through the front entrance of the zoo. Greeting you on arrival is the iconic dome shaped walk through bird aviary with more than 25 different species of Australian Rainforest birds thriving in the tropical habitat. There are colourful rose-crowned fruit doves, kings parrots, lyrebirds and a collection of water birds that forage in the pond. Once inside the aviary, you can walk through to the Cassowary viewing platform.
The kids will love meeting the zookeepers at the various keeper talks each day and can enjoy having their photo taken on the life-size Gorilla statue. There are also some snakes, lizards and frogs that call the zoo home that the kids are always fascinated by.
If you’ve only got a short time to visit the zoo, make sure you tick off the following top 5 things to see:
There are seven chimpanzees in the group, including two young ones: Capri, 2 years old and baby Gandali, just 4 months old. The best time to see the chimps is at one of the daily keeper talks held at 10am and 2.30pm every day.
The two otters are always busy, and they are a joy to watch. They have their own pond, but can also access the monkey enclosure next door. The otters can often be seen trying to steel the monkey’s food, or swimming in the large pond under the tropical canopy of the monkey habitat.
The best time to see this majestic eagle is during the daily keeper talk held at 9.45am. You can speak to her keepers and ask any questions you may have about Australia’s largest raptor.
This giant salt water crocodile is 4.3m long and weighs almost 500kgs. He is fed on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but it’s best to check the Zoo’s Facebook page for updates, as these feeding times can change depending on weather.
Donna is the southern hairy-nosed wombat and Zoo Keeper Yvette’s favourite animal at the Zoo. She was rescued from the wild 20 years ago and endears herself to all who meet her.
The zoo has good access for wheelchairs and strollers, and plenty of seats to stop and rest, or enjoy watching the animals from. The zoo is open daily from 8am-4.30pm with brochures, maps and keeper talk times located at the main entrance.
For more information check out their website and follow them on Facebook.
Written by Rockhampton Zoo