Friends and families enjoyed delicious fresh fruit and croissants while surrounded by animals at the first Zoo Breakfast for the year.
The popular Zoo Breakfast series sold out in record time as all three events were snapped up within 34 minutes, with community members eager to share the dining experience with some of Bundaberg’s best-known furry and feathered friends.
Zookeepers kept the crowd informed about the zoo and its animals, while the zoo critters entertained and wowed the intimate gathering at Alexandra Park on Sunday morning.
Ted the Eastern Bearded Dragon, Hazard Spaghetti the yearling Carpet Python and of course ever-social Clancy the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo joined Alexandra Park Zoo supervisor David Flack with zookeepers Laura Billing and Belinda Coppock to give the diners an insight into Bundaberg zoo life.
Bundaberg’s Matt and Krissie Arnold and daughter Charlotte enjoyed their breakfast with Charlotte’s Pop Neil Hansen, and the quartet said it was a delightful way to spend a Sunday morning together.
“We are lucky enough to come for the second time,” Krissie said.
“I was so impressed with it last year, as soon as I heard it was on again, I jumped at the chance to bring Pop along.
“The talks from the zookeepers are so informative – we’ve found out the history of the zoo, how old it is and so much about each of the animals.”
The family of animal lovers said if the chance came about again they would attend every year because the atmosphere and experience was enjoyable at first Zoo Breakfast series.
“It’s such a fun experience, you get to be up close and personal with animals you normally wouldn’t, we love it,” said Matt.
Zoo history shared with breakfast diners
As zoo supervisor David Flack informed breakfast diners about the history of iconic zoo, some participants were left in awe.
“The zoo was established in 1911. We are actually the second oldest zoo in Queensland, and five years older than Taronga Zoo at its current location,” David said.
“Some of animals have been here for decades, including George the very talkative Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.”
Mary Dudman said she had a wonderful morning with her grandchildren Jaime and Charley Boving, and they didn’t realise there was so much that went on behind the scenes.
“It’s such a beautiful day. I’ve lived in the area for 30 years now and this Zoo is quite special,” she said.
“We’ve enjoyed a lovely breakfast among the animals, and I think we are all quite blessed to attend such an event.”
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