Home to an enormous variety of native animals, Australia boasts great wildlife parks fun for all the family. Take a look around some of our best:

Australia Zoo

There’s more wildlife then you can poke a stick at up in Queensland’s famed Australia Zoo. Once home to the world-famous Crocodile Hunter, Australia Zoo houses more than 1200 animals and hosts a range of live shows daily. Get hands-on with the cuddly koalas, waddling wombats, slithering snakes and cute kangaroos. Come face to face with majestic tigers, hand-feed the gorgeous elephants, or get your photo taken with a baby alligator. Or step onboard the African Safari Shuttle and the African exhibit, set on wide open plains with roaming Giraffe, Rhino, Zebra and Cheetah. Get your adrenalin pumping at the Crocoseum show as you watch a crocodile launch a strike from the water’s edge. www.australiazoo.com.au

Monarto Zoo

Over 1,000 hectares, Monarto is the largest open range zoo in the world. It is run by the Zoological Society of South Australia. It is an International standard conservation, national and zoological bio-park that supports education and public recreation.
It’s aim is to establish a centre of excellence of national and international value for the conservation of wildlife and for public education, that provides opportunities for tourism and recreation pursuits in a cost effective manner.
It plays a major role in the breeding programs for rare and endangered species of Australia, Africa, Asia etc.
The Monarto experience begins with entry to the Visitors Centre where you can learn from the displays (such as stick insects, native lizards and snakes )and touch tables.

Dubbo's Western Plains Zoo

Australia’s first open range zoo opened in 1977, and has since grown into one of our favourite wildlife parks. World-renowned for its care of wildlife, breeding programs (especially of endangered species), conservation programs, education facilities and exhibit, Dubbo’s Western Plains Zoo provides much more than animal displays. Stroll across the grasslands or hire bikes or carts to get around the 3sq km of open plain bushland and spot the 700 animals that call Dubbo home. The incredible Billabong Camp experience exclusive to Western Plains Zoo will kick off on 13 April 2013 - camp out inside the zoo and listen to the wild sounds of the animals at night. http://taronga.org.au/taronga-western-plains-zoo

Taronga Zoo

Australia’s most famous zoo not only gives you the chance to see some of the most amazing animals from Australia and abroad, but also an opportunity to get up close and personal with them, through their daily programs of talks and ‘encounters’. Boasting successful breeding programs for endangered animals such as Asian Elephants and the magnificent Black Rhinoceros, the zoo offers an educational experience on conservation. Open every single day of the year, Taronga Zoo in the perfect place to take the family, you can even spend the night in one of their amazing safari tents and hear the roar of nocturnal animals, then watch the sunrise over Sydney Harbour. http://taronga.org.au/taronga-zoo

Australian Reptile Park

Experience rare, up close and personal animal experiences at the Central Coast’s Australian Reptile Park. Walk side-by-side with dingoes, wobble with a wombat and gallivant with Hugo the Galapagos tortoise. Learn all about the Park's unique Tasmanian devil breeding program and meet these unique creatures in person. Meet Elvis, the crankiest croc in Oz (be sure to keep your distance), handle snakes and cuddle koalas, get behind the scenes on a VIP tour (until 30 April, 2013), and take part in one of the many specially created educational and hands-on tours. Scale the children's adventure playground, sizzle a sausage on the BBQ or enjoy a scrumptious lunch at Hard Croc Cafe. www.reptilepark.com.au

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