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6 Reasons to Visit the Zoodoo Wildlife Park in Tasmania

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Published June 11th 2014
Undoubted one of the best hands-on zoos in Australia

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Safari bus


Just 25 minutes from Hobart is a zoo like no other. Although I've enjoyed my visits to the Night Safari in Singapore, Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary outside Sydney and Werribee Open Range Zoo in Melbourne, the day trip to Zoodoo Wildlife Park took my animal encounter to the next level. It turned out to be a fantastic place to spend the day with plenty of attractions for kids and adults alike.

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Wide open areas in the park


Here are 6 reasons why Zoodoo Wildlife Park is a must-visit stop in your Tasmania itinerary.

Exciting hands-on encounters

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Nose-to-nose with a white wallaby


Zoodoo offers many hands-on encounters unavailable at other zoos. Its tactile approach allows you to get nearly nose-to-nose with some popular animals like deers, sheep and goats who roam freely around you in different sections of the park. There are also plenty of wallabies including the whites which I saw from a distance on Bruny Island.

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Up close with the friendly wombat


Occasionally you can also stroke a wombat and sugar glider when handlers bring them out for show-and-tell. Just beware the guard duck near the entrance.

Take a ride on the safari bus

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Up close with the plains zebras


The safari bus tours that run all day are a favourite among visitors who enjoy traveling into the paddocks and coming incredibly close to the larger animals.

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Feeding emus from the safari bus


You will be able to feed and pat a wide variety of animals from the bus including emus, ostriches, camels and plains zebras.

Learn more through animal presentations

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Presentation on reptiles


Presentations by handlers at 11am and 2pm daily will allow you to learn more about some of the exotic and native animals such as meerkats, reptiles, Tasmanian devils and the lions.

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Tasmanian devils food fight during feeding time


You will also be able to watch Tasmanian devils do a chase around with their meat, touch a monitor lizard, wrap a python around your neck and feed the lions up close.

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Lion feeding time


Pet the small animals

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Indoor animal nursery


Children will enjoy spending time in the indoor animal nursery. They can view many of the park's newborn animals and pet the smaller animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, miniature ponies and piglets.

Play with the lion cubs

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White lion cubs at play


In addition to watching the rare white lion cubs on display, you can also book an exclusive encounter with them. You'll be able to play with the cubs and have close-up photos with them hugging your back and even your head.

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Up close with the white lion cubs


One of Tasmania's largest wildlife parks

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Yawn of the lion king


A popular stop for visitors to Richmond, Zoodoo started as a small zoo with only a handful of native animals in 1999. It is now home to a wide range of exotic, native and agricultural animals including monkeys, reptiles, birds, camels, meerkats, zebras, Bengal tigers and even the rare white African lions.

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Meerkat presentation


What was originally a miniature pony stud and ostrich farm has since become one of Tasmania's largest wildlife parks, set on 32 hectares of farmland. Mostly importantly, the team of knowledgeable and friendly staff try their best to make your day at Zoodoo an enjoyable one.

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Up close with the camels


Getting to Zoodoo Wildlife Park

The park is an easy 25 minutes drive from Hobart or 5 minutes from Richmond. If you prefer to leave the driving to someone else, the Hobart Shuttle Bus Company is a fantastic option. For $55 per person, you get commentary about the park from the driver, 3 hours of sightseeing time at your own pace and entrance to the park. Pick up and drop off is at your hotel or the Hobart Information Centre. Check out www.hobartshuttlebus.com or call 0408 341 804

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Why? Where else can you come nose-to-nose with animals?
When: Open 7 days, 9am to 5pm
Phone: (03) 6260 2444
Where: Zoodoo Wildlife Park
Cost: Adult (13 years and above) - $25 / Seniors - $22 / Child (3 to 12 years) - $13
Your Comment
I was just reading an article about hands-on zoos in Australia. It's quite controversial. Although the experience is great for visitors, and one I would love, I there is the issue of the animals becoming to familiar with humans. They should really be left alone to encourage their natural wild behaviour.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12030) 1563 days ago
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