A trip to the National Zoo & Aquarium just got even better! With the recent launch of the open range section, it has increased to almost double its former size.
The expansion, is now home to a host of animals including white rhinos, maned wolves, zebras, cheetahs, giraffes and elks to name a few. As well as the new animals, the extension features stunning themed landscapes including waterfalls, a vast fern gully and beautiful picnic and BB areas.
Along with creating improved habitats for the animals, the zoo and the attached Jamala Wildlife Lodge aims to inspire care for the natural world by offering an immersive and unforgettable experience for guests. Owner Richard Tindale says “Anything that you can do that enhances the education of the emerging generation and persuades them to take better care of our planet than our generations, and previous generations have done, is very very important and is one of the integral parts of what a zoo is all about.”
As part of the education and immersive ethos, the National Zoo & Aquarium have created a number of “Close Encounters” where you can get up close and very personal with some of the worlds most amazing creatures. The So Frank team recently had an opportunity to experience a few of the close encounters – feeding the giraffes to patting the majestic white rhino and were left in awe of being so near such fascinating animals.
What you need to know
Bookings are essential for Close Encounters – learn more http://nationalzoo.com.au/close-encounters/
Age restrictions do apply, so it is a perfect experience to share with older children & teens
*Sophia enjoyed the Close Encounters as a guest of Visit Canberra & National Zoo and Aquarium