Darling Downs Zoo

Darling Downs Zoo, Gatton - opiniones y fotos

De 09:00 AM a 04:00 PM
Lunes
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Martes
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Miércoles
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Jueves
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Viernes
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Sábado
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Domingo
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
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Duración sugerida
2-3 horas
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4.0
199 opiniones
Excelente
89
Muy bueno
69
Promedio
21
Mala
6
Horrible
14

dee928
Gold Coast, Australia3 aportes
Distressing visit
oct. de 2021
I was looking forward to visiting this zoo and was left feeling distressed and upset. The staff seem to look after the animals on a basic level. Where it falls apart in a serious way is the cage like enclosures. For a zoo in 2021 it is very surprising.
The cages are too small and not all are suited to the animal's natural habitat. Some of the birds don't have enough space to fly more than 1 second. Plains animals are on rough dirt with some scattered hay to rest on. Large cats, both the lions and tigers are in small cages with limited shade and no environmental enrichment evident. In fact lack of shade and environmental enrichment was lacking for several animals.
New animals have been added to the zoo and even their cages are not set up as their natural environment. It is shocking that a zoo can add more animals and yet not supply suitable housing for their current animals.
To make matters even more disturbing the keeper who was doing the talks treated the animals like old fashioned circus animals, there to entertain us. She was determined to make the big cats come down to the front of the cage so she could feed them. Mind you it was easy to see them as their cages are so small. To get their attention she would call them, tap on the cage, kick the cage, run around and play dead. The cats did eventually come down to get a treat and on one occasion a lion lunged and snapped at her. I don't know if she is required to behave this way due to management.
This zoo has potential, but they really need to lift their standard of animal care and needs. We know so much about captive animal care now there is really no excuse.
Escrita el 14 de octubre de 2021
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Nick Evans
4 aportes
Needs a huge overhaul.
oct. de 2021 • Pareja
Most reviews are of course written from the visitor's perspective and from the human point of view this zoo is okay, but it's a different thing with regard to the animals. It was obvious that the staff care about the animals but the enclosures need an enormous amount of work. Many were way too small and old- fashioned and prison- like. We found it very distressing that the big cats were housed in quite small cages - 3 lions together in a 20m cage. Also the birds, in particular the black cockatoos which didn’t have room to even fly for more than 1-2 seconds. Some enclosures were badly finished off, with junk still around (bits of builder's plastic flapping around etc). The large plains herbivores had 100% dust and rubble in their pens insread of grass, in fact many enclosures did not reflect the habitat of their animals.
It seems like this zoo doesn't have the resources to keep some of the larger animals and overall it's quite distressing to visit.
Escrita el 13 de octubre de 2021
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omegan
3 aportes
Visitor safety
oct. de 2021
For two 80 year-olds the terrain is a bit arduous to handle in the heat, but overall good to see such a local attraction in SE Qld. Only downside is the fact that a number of animal enclosures are surrounded by various types of cacti, yucca succulents with spiked tips that unfortunately penetrated my wife's denims. Needless to say for that night and the following two days she was in extreme pain with a badly swollen leg.

This could be a real danger to to young children who might be infected at eye level.

The management might give this some thought.
Escrita el 10 de octubre de 2021
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Karen H
71 aportes
Delightful Darling Downs Zoo
ago. de 2021 • Familia
Delightful day out for people of all ages with family and friends. Very interactive, informative and up close encounters with the animals. The entry prices are reasonable and the Sausages in Bread for lunch a real Aussie treat. You can bring your own food but the food at the cafe is good value. You can buy food pellets to feed most of the animals by hand which is quite an experience especially hand feeding the Zebras. The highlight is most definitely the feeding of the Lions and Tigers. Well done Darling Downs Zoo!
Escrita el 25 de septiembre de 2021
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Ivan C
1 aporte
Awesome QLD Zoo
ago. de 2021
I went with a few friends for a day out and loved it, recommend trying the marmoset/tamarin encounter where you can feed the little monkeys. Also feeding the zebras was great, would recommend.
Escrita el 21 de agosto de 2021
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greg924
Brisbane Region, Australia584 aportes
Great day out at the Zoo
may. de 2021 • Amigos
Finding this place ex Brisbane was a real challenge but worth it when we got here. Five of us adults enjoyed a great day. We paid extra for experiences with the Zebra and the Meerkats. This was great. Zoo staff were knowledgeable, helpful and friendly - even a guy with two pythons to nurse. Recommended.
Escrita el 16 de mayo de 2021
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755revs
Nueva Gales del Sur, Australia130 aportes
Allow at least 2 hours for this gem!
abr. de 2021 • Pareja
Staff helpful, informative, loved their work, knew animals by name. Toilets modern, clean, COVID safe, $32 admission seems steep but worth it. Hand feed zebras, kangaroos, meerkats, llamas. WATCH THE LLAMA NAMED LUNA (=LUNATIC) dominant female pushy & prone to spitting. Her spittle stinks! Great zoo. Great staff.
Escrita el 6 de mayo de 2021
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spongeybob
Bendigo, Australia117 aportes
Support this little local gem
abr. de 2021 • Pareja
The zoo is only small but it is worth a visit. Pack drinks or a picnic as the cafe is limited to pies and sausage rolls. A sausage sizzle was available as well. Plenty of tables and shade to sit.
A good variety of animals that are well loved. The talks are informative and presented by people that are passionate about their job.
This little zoo doesn't receive funding so spend some time there and help them out.
Escrita el 10 de abril de 2021
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bobjanh
Brisbane, Australia1.608 aportes
A most enjoyable visit
ene. de 2021 • Pareja
Don’t let first impressions stop you. This is a most unassuming place as you pull up and you do wonder whether it may not be worth your time or money.

However, that all changes once you get inside. it is only a small zoo, but one with big ambitions. They are right into conservation programs and have a range of animals aligned to that, some quite rare and not so common in Aussie zoos: white lions (extinct in the wild), Pygmy hippos,a good primates collection, Komodo dragon, cheetahs, giraffes and meerkats amongst the more interesting here.

A few hours were enjoyably spent here. A daily program of talks and feedings are carried out with enthusiast (and knowledgeable) staff from the local country high school.

Impressed.
Escrita el 19 de febrero de 2021
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pamgoddard2
26 aportes
A great day at Darling Downs Zoo
ene. de 2021 • Familia
I had a super day with my 5 grandchildren aged between 5 and 11.
The zoo was very clean, with free parking. The admissions staff helped me work out the best value for tickets, which was great.
The zoo was well laid out and there was free sanitizer, insect repellent and sunscreen at the admission gate. There was sanitizer everywhere where you might come in contact with the animals, and a great new toilet block as well as other small toilets throughout. Also lots of trash bins.
There was some shade, and we enjoyed that, but it wasn’t a very sunny day.
They put on a sausage sizzle at lunch time for $2.50 each, great value, and their food and drinks were very well priced.
The bags of animal feed were $2, cheap.
There was a large variety of animals, and although I’d threatened to swap one grandson for a camel, there weren’t any there!
But having said that, the variety was great. Giraffes, axxas, cheetahs, various antelope and primates, zebras with babies, llamas, kangaroos, lions, a tiger, tortoises, koalas, and lots of Australian birds and some macaws from South America, but that’s just some of them.
The only negative thing I would mention is that the talks by the animal carers overlap each other, so you can’t listen to them all.
Escrita el 24 de enero de 2021
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