A definite highlight of this trip is the Steve Irwin Zoo or The Australia Zoo. The zoo has become world famous after the tragic death of the “crocodile hunter” who was snorkeling near Port Douglas where we stayed and got struck in the chest by a stingray. His legend lives on at this place and it is awesome!
There are many amazing animals as mom says, “It gives the feeling of a Sanctuary and a Zoo at the same time.” There are many shows and animals ranging from the deadliest snakes in the world to cassowaries, or alligators and crocodiles to cuddly koalas. It summed up all the animals in Australia and other places in a zoo. This is a “must go” if you ever visit Australia. My favorite show was the Crocodile show! It was very interesting; they talked about how to run from an angry croc and advised not to stand too close to the edge of the water. We also saw shows on tortoises that live to be 200 years old, birds of prey, and the small Southeast Asian otters that are not good pets unless you like a huge smelly mess every day!
My dad really liked the memorial for Steve that the zoo staff and friends contributed; they signed messages on their zoo shirts to Steve and have them inside a really big glass enclosure as well as mementos that represent their connections with the croc hunter.
“I think that Camels love chewing Jawbreakers,” I joked with my dad “Look at how they chew!”