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Cairns Tropical Zoo
Captain Cook Highway
Palm Cove, Cairns, Queensland

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Malayan Box Turtles

20th Aug 2013

Box Turtle

THEY might be the new kids on the block but Cairns Tropical Zoo’s newest arrivals have shown they’re not afraid of coming out of their shells.

The pair of Malayan box turtles is settling in to their new surroundings after arriving from Perth Zoo in Western Australia where they hatched three months ago.

The turtles, which are native to South East Asia, are endangered and face growing threats from illegal poachers who hunt them for their meat.

“We were worried they’d be picky but they’ve eaten pretty much anything we’ve given them,” Reptile Keeper, Hirani said.

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Not just a job, a passion

26th Nov 2011

To many of the staff at Wildlife Tropical North Queensland, zoo keeping is not just a job it is a passion. A passion that extends to the rescue and rehabilitation of sick or injured wildlife.
Kristy from our reptile department is no exception. Over the past few weeks she has been caring for a baby Lace Monitor that was left for dead in a suburban backyard.
Thanks to Kristy’s perseverance, our native friend has been brought back from the brink. There is still a long way to go yet but progress has been good and Kristy says that this little lizard has a very healthy appetite!
Way to go Kristy!


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Moving House

20th Oct 2011

Moving house is always a hassle, especially when it involves a 4.3m saltwater crocodile! Recently one of our larger crocs, Zont had to be moved to a new enclosure whilst the old one is being renovated. It took 10 staff, a quad bike, lots of ropes, strength and perseverance! The animal’s welfare is always paramount during the capture and relocation process. Zont weighs approximately 400kgs so the whole process took great team effort. Well done and congratulations to all the staff involved.


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Zoo helps venom research

4th Aug 2011

Cairns Tropical Zoo plays and integral part in life-saving research conducted by James Cook University (JCU). Each month, dedicated reptile keepers “milk” a variety of venomous species including taipans, brown snakes, black snakes and death adders.

The venom is passed on to JCU so that they can use it for a broad range of research work including blood clotting, studying the venom’s effect on the human heart and muscle cells, developing potential medicines and even learning more about the physiology of snakes!

Alex Mitchell (Featured in the photos below) is a very dedicated and passionate reptile keeper at the zoo. He maintains that there are a lot of benefits from these animals that people aren’t aware of.

During the “milking” process, each snake is encouraged to bite down on the rubber lid of a small vial while its head is massaged to yield small quantities of venom.


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