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Wildlife Aquariums, Reserve, Sanctuary, Zoos
Australia has a bountiful heritage of wildlife, from the native wildlife to the more commercial imported ones, there are many places where you can enjoy them. From national parks, wildlife reserves, reptile farms, conservation refuges and zoos, the assortment and variety of places are considerable.

We will bring some suggestions here, as well as links to many online resources, conservation groups and wildlife contact organisations that are available.

Northern Territory - Wildlife Nature Reserves, Zoos, Parks, Aquariums

Alice Springs Desert ParkAlice Springs Desert Park
• Larapinta Drive, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870
• Ph: +61 8 8951 8788 • Fax: +61 8 8951 8720 • Email
• Web: www.alicespringsdesertpark.com.au

The park introduces visitors to the incredible but subtle richness of Australia’s arid zone. Designed to move well beyond the boundaries of traditional zoos, botanic gardens and museums, the park has adopted a holistic “habitat-based and story driven” approach. Discover the desert in its entirety, the landscapes, animals and plants, and their traditional use and management by Aboriginal people.

Spinifex Hopping Mouse (Notomys alexis) - Alice Springs Desert ParkNestled in the foothills of the West MacDonnell Ranges, just ten minutes from the centre of town you will experience diverse and spectacular landscapes and learn about the adaptations of hundreds of species of desert flora and fauna. There are:

  • Free-flying birds of prey display.
  • Desert Rivers, Sand Country, and the Woodland habitats to explore.
  • Close encounters with rare and elusive wildlife in the Nocturnal House.
  • A theatre where four and a half billion years of desert evolution will flash before you in a 20 minute cinematic journey called ‘The Changing Heart’.
  • Interactive interpretive exhibits.

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Pygmy mulga goanna (Varanus gilleni)Alice Springs Reptile Centre
• 9 Stuart Terrace (at the base of Billy Goat Hill
(opposite Royal Flying Doctor Service), ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870
• Ph: 08 8952 8900 • Fax: 08 8952 8700
• Web: www.reptilecentre.com.au
• Opened Daily — Talks daily — see website for details.

Hands on fun for everyone! Come and see thorny devils, frilled neck lizards, goannas, pythons, venomous snakes, taipans, and Terry the saltwater croc.

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Aquascene
• 28 Doctors Gully Rd, DARWIN NT 0800 • Ph: 08 8981 7837 • Fax: 08 8941 8844 • Email
Fish feeding at Doctors Gully. Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience right in the heart of Darwin within distance of most city hotels. Aquascene is where hundreds of fish come to shore at high tide to be fed by hand. Among the many species that you may see, as they come close enough to touch competing for food, include milkfish, mullet, catfish, bream and barramundi. Other species that may be seen in the shallow are rays, cod, mangrove jack and diamond fish. Feeding happens only for a few hours daily, with the most favourable times being generally in the mornings. Fish numbers are highest during December to August. Check the website for feeding times.
Territory Wildlife ParkTerritory Wildlife Park
• Cox Peninsula Rd, BERRY SPRINGS NT 0837
• Ph: +61 8 8988 7200 • Fax: +61 8 8988 7201 • Email

Operated by the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, this park demonstrates the relationships that exist in the wild, between the unique native plants and animals of the region. It offers an amazing and unparalleled insight into the diversity of tropical Australia. Just 45 minutes drive south of Darwin, nestled in almost 1,000 acres of natural bush, with 4 km of easily walked paths.
  • Fascinating daily guide presentations about the native flora and fauna.
  • The Aquarium offers remarkable views of crocodiles, barramundi and more as you journey from the river's source to its end.
  • Free-flying birds of prey display.
  • Walk through one of the largest domed walk-through aviaries in the Southern Hemisphere. The path beyond explores a monsoon forest fed by an underground spring.
  • Goose Lagoon bird watching from a hide overlooking a vast billabong.
  • Nocturnal House with endangered and rarely seen native species.

Crocosaurus Cove
• Located in the heart of Darwin’s tourist precinct • Ph: +61 8 8981 7522 • Email
Swim with the crocodiles in Darwin City! Crocosaurus Cove, opening soon, has ‘BFC’ (Big Flippin’ Crocs). There will be seven crocodile enclosures with underwater viewing areas, and one with a swimming pool next to a viewing window so you'll be able to feel a bit like you're swimming with the crocs.

As if that wasn’t enough, there is the ‘Cage of Death’ — a clear box made from just 1.6 inches thick acrylic, where the thrill seeker can climb into, before being lowered into Choppa’s lair. It is described as ‘a shark cage without the bars’, where the tourist can get an close up view of the jaws of Choppa, an 18 foot saltwater crocodile.

As well as the crocodile displays, there are live reptiles and massive fish aquarium stocked with turtles and a variety of fish species relevant to the waters of the NT. The enormous reptile section will house 11 goanna species, frogs, skinks, dragons and geckos. The exhibit will consists of both diurnal and nocturnal animals found in the ‘Top End’ and Kimberly regions of Northern Australia and will also show one of the worlds most venomous land snakes through to the rarest of Top End pythons. Private function space is available and gift shop.
Crocodylus Park and Zoo
• 815 McMillans Rd, BERRIMAH NT • Ph: 08 8922 4500 • Fax: 08 8947 0678 • Email
• Open 7 days - 9 am to 5 pm / Feeding & Tour Times 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm 3:30 pm
A great place to come face to face with the largest reptiles on the planet. Built over 30 years of experience in crocodile research and conservation, the park plays host to over a thousand crocodiles that vary from hatchlings to massive adults measuring 16 feet and weighing over half-a-ton. There are also a diverse array of other wildlife including big cats, primates, birds and other reptiles including the hawksbill turtles. There is a museum, education centre and souvenir shop. Check the site for feeding times.
Darwin Crocodile Farm
• (Farm 40 km south of Darwin) Stuart Hwy, DARWIN NT
Australia’s largest crocodile arm housing some 36,000 animals. It operates as both a farm producing skins, meat and other products for export and as a tourist facility. Get here in the early afternoon for feeding time.

See ‘Snowy’, the world’s largest albino crocodile in captivity and many other very large animals feeding daily. With the ‘freshie’ billabong, garden, and bush settings, it is a place that is home to many native birds and animals. For the bird enthusiasts there have been spotted kingfishers, ibis, sandpipers, storks and birds of prey. Water monitors, turtles and many lizard species can also be spotted in the surrounds.
Indo Pacific Marine
• Wharf Precinct, DARWIN NT 0801 • Ph: 08 8981 1294 • Email (for bookings use online form)
The Indo Pacific Marine is the longest established man-made tourism facility in the Northern Territory, receiving industry recognition for excellence over many years. The exhibition is unique in the fact that this is a land based living marine centre where each system is totally self supporting – no feeding, filtration or water changing. As the marine displays are contained eco systems, rare and unusual species can be observed far more easily than would ever be the case on a dive in the open sea, even for skilled SCUBA divers.

Indo Pacific Marine also features unique night tours of the reef. Yet again, this all happens indoors where each visitor is supplied with a torch to observe the nocturnal world of the reef environment, and this can include corals spawning or fluorescing in a spectacular display of light. For an even more close-up experience, magnifying sheets are placed against the glass walls of the displays to observe minute organisms as they go about their business, as they would in an ocean environment.
 
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