Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
90Trip End Aug 14, 2009
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There are many myths about crocodiles - one is that you can't out run a croc, actually they are ponderous on dry land. Another is that if a croc gets you in its jaws, poke your finger in its eyes & it will let go - a crocodile's jaws can exert so much pressure your body or skull would be easily crushed.
Being Steve (The Crocodile Hunter) Irwin's Zoo, there were lots of Crocodiles & Alligators (in individual ponds).
The keeper showed us a large elephant tooth, this tooth had become infected & the elephant had used a sharp stick to prise the tooth out of it's own jaw, showing the ability to use tools. Elephants only have 4 molars but they can re-grow them 3 times.
These were Asian Elephants (the ones with the small ears) who are an endangered species, as their natural habitat, the forests, are being cut down.
One disappointment was the water bird section, the ponds were partly hidden behind trees & bushes so you couldn't see many of the birds.
They are trying to expand & become a World Zoo - they have already added the Asian section with Tigers, Red Pandas & the Elephants, all of which are endangered.
Part of the admission fees directly help endangered species, so you can have an excellent day out & feel good about saving the Planet.