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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.