The Darling Downs Zoo is a family operated regional zoo in Queensland, Australia focusing on caring for local wildlife including koalas, and contributing to breeding programs of conservation significant species of both Australian and Exotic species.
The zoo regularly receives koalas and other native species from carers and wildlife hospitals, including animals that are unable to ever be released to the wild. The zoo becomes their forever home and takes on the responsibility of their housing, feed, vet care and welfare for the rest of their lives. The zoo receives no assistance for this vital rehabilitation work, relying on zoo admission and donations to fund this labour of love.
The zoo is also an active participant in exotic animal conservation, involved in species preservation programs for Cheetah, Sumatran Tiger, Addax, Giraffe, Zebra, numerous primates and many more.
With the tragic global pandemic influencing all of our communities, Darling Downs Zoo along with other facilities are left with many animals that form part of their family. The Robinson family who own the zoo are courageous, resilient, caring, and selfless, however they are also very proud and despite sacrificing every possible expense for their own wellbeing they have hesitantly agreed to allow someone to start a donation pledge for them. When asked Steve’s reply included “In all my years I never thought I’d be begging for money to look after these animals.”
As a global community we are all struggling, Steve, Steph and Maddi Robinson along with the Zoo staff are endeavouring to care for rescued koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and 350+ other animals that call the zoo home, in the midst of this global pandemic. Once the Government made the decision to close all zoos the income to support all zoo animals and rescues stopped. Even after trimming all of their expenses to the bone, and taking no wages for themselves, their monthly outgoings still average $60,000.
Although the zoo has endured drought conditions for some years, as well as the impact of the recent bushfires, their breeding of endangered species has continued thanks to the dedication of their skilled staff and commitment to the species. For example the Darling Downs Zoo has bred many Bilbies which have been released to the wild in protected areas in WA, SA, NSW and Queensland, Bush-stone Curlews released in Victoria, and many more. Now, without assistance from generous animal lovers, many of these skilled staff devoted to the welfare of these animals and conservation programs will have to be let go.
Donations to this page will go a long way to ensuring the welfare of animals that could soon be in dire straits – animals with nowhere left to go, as other zoos are in the same predicament.
Animals whose survival will contribute to regional breeding programs for years to come.
Will you please help?