Crikey! Australia Zoo's Africa celebrates first birthday


Cheetah birthday treats. The Irwins, Terri, Robert and Bindi with cheetah “William” as he demolishes a tuna ice-cream cupcake covered in whipped cream. How else would a cheetah celebrate a birthday?

A birthday bash of epic proportions will be held at Australia Zoo throughout the September school holidays, celebrating the first anniversary of our newest and largest exhibit – Africa!
It’s exactly one year to the day since the 24 acre multi species exhibit opened, offering guests the opportunity to see the only giraffe, zebra and active breeding herd of rhinos in Queensland.
Australia Zoo owner Terri Irwin said highlights of the past year included the arrival of new cheetah cubs and the first birthday of baby rhino Savannah.
“It’s been a fantastic year for Africa at Australia Zoo! We’ve had the arrival of our new cheetah cubs Josh and William, all the way from South Africa, as well at the first birthday of our gorgeous little baby rhino, Savannah,” Terri said.
“We’re also very excited about our two pregnant rhino mothers! Inyeti is expecting her first calf, and Caballe will give birth to a new little brother or sister for Savannah.”
With a gestation period of about 16 months, the double pitter-patter of baby rhino feet is expected early next year.
Another highlight in the first year was the Africa walking track which opened at Christmas 2011.
Some of the awesome Africa-themed activities happening these school holidays include free African animals mask workshops every day, as wells free African drumming workshops on weekends and a performance by the Watoto Children’s Choir on Friday 28th September.
Africa’s first birthday cake will be coon in the Crocoseum on Monday 24th September. Guests will be able to have a free slice of cake to celebrate from 3.30 pm – while stocks last.
Bindi will also be performing for the first time since 2010 with a brand new show daily* in the Crocoseum, followed by Terri, Bindi, and Robert feeding the crocs!
Bindi’s Bootcamp playground has also opened in time for the September School Holidays. Inspired by the set for the new TV series ‘Bindi’s Bootcamp’, the new playground has stacks of aweson features including a ripper rock climbing wall and heaps of gooey, scaly, interactive games to play and challenges to complete.
Why not also try your luck in out silent auctions, colouring competition, free face painting and major prize draw.
It’s all happening these school holidays at Australia Zoo – as WILD as AFRICA gets!
*except Friday 28th September – Terri, Bindi, and Robert will autograph Bindi’s two new books for the first 100 guests.