Western Plains Zoo
Back to nature
Imagine your kids’ faces as a giraffe leans towards them, long tongue lolling, and eats right out of their hands. At this wonderfully interactive zoo you can feed giraffes, shake paws with kangaroos, pat a huge Galapagos tortoise and rub the tummy of a wombat. There are no cages, only natural, unobtrusive barriers, such as water or deep ravines. The zoo covers a vast area, and as you look at elephants, rhinoceroses, and tigers roaming almost freely, and watch monkeys swinging from island to island on the lake, you feel as if you are on an African safari not inside a zoo.
Obley Rd, Dubbo; (02) 6881 1400
■ Keeper talks and feeding times – check the website to plan your visit around these. Kids especially enjoy seeing the otters and the apes feed. Note: there is a small extra cost for the giraffe feeding.
Western Plains Zoo is participating in the National Recovery Plan for malleefowl. These ground-nesting birds are very vulnerable to predators and habitat loss. They are also incredibly hard working. The male malleefowl spends 10 months constructing a huge earthen nest, then in September he digs a special chamber in it for the female to lay her eggs. Every few days she goes inside and lays an egg until she has laid as many as 35 eggs! Instead of either bird sitting on the eggs to keep them warm, the male keeps the earth nest at a constant 35 degrees Celsius for seven weeks. The chicks hatch inside the mound and immediately have to start working hard to dig their way out!
■ Ticket price includes two days’ entry, so don’t rush your visit. Watch out for special offers for free kids’ entrance to the zoo, sometimes available on the website or around the town of Dubbo.
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