People visit far north Queensland for all sorts of reasons. An escape from the rigours of a southern winter, a bit of five-star resort time, a holiday in the tropics without having to go overseas. Two things consistently at the top of the “why visitors come here” list are our rainforests, and the Great Barrier Reef. Part of their enduring appeal is the chance to see our wildlife in the wild. Exotic fish, crocodiles, the mighty cassowary, wallabies, pythons, turtles. You name it – we’ve got it.
If you have the time for a reef trip or a wander in the rainforest, chances of a wildlife encounter are good. If you’re short of time, a visit to one of our zoos or wildlife attractions might be right for you. We have quite a few, and one of the newest is in the centre of the city, at The Pier complex on the Cairns water-front.
It’s Zoo To You HQ, opened in September this year by wildlife biologist Jodie Creek. About four years ago, Jodie started a business called Zoo To You, teaching kids about our FNQ critters by visiting schools and kindergartens with an assortment of wildlife. Now she also runs Zoo To You HQ at The Pier. There’s fish, pythons. lizards, frogs and turtles – one of which breathes through his bum – in a very child friendly display, with lots of information about the animals and their habitats. Jodie calls it a wildlife discovery centre.
AUDIO CLICK ON THE RED ARROW TO TAKE A GUIDED TOUR OF ZOO TO YOU HQ WITH JODIE CREEK AND OUR WILDLIFE CORRESPONDENT MARTIN COHEN.
Read more about Jodie and Zoo To You at http://www.zootoyou.com.au/
And Zoo To You is also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/zootoyou.qld