About 150k’s west of Brisbane you’ll reach the Darling Downs. It’s a beautiful drive through the patchwork of farmland, rolling plains and the African savannah?!
In the little town of Pilton, halfway between Toowoomba and Warwick, animals outnumber people. The Darling Downs Zoo is home to over 300 creatures from around the globe. It’s here you’ll find Queensland’s only white lions. There are big cats and meerkats, reptiles, birds and primates…and then there’s the alligator that acts like a puppy! (yes, it knows its name when called). Stephanie Robinson is Mum to them all. She and husband Steve have devoted their lives to all creatures great and small. They started the zoo 11 years ago and welcomed the newest additions to the family, 2 giraffes, just a few months ago. The zoo is divided into geographical areas, so you can travel the animal world with a walk through Africa, Australia, South-east Asia and South America.
Like most zoos, it’s is all about education and conservation, and Stephanie and Steve have set up the largest Zebra breeding program in Australia. To really appreciate these beautiful creatures, visitors can enjoy a hands-on experience with many of the animals – including feeding the big cats and Zebras and playing with the adorable marmosets.
The Darling Downs Zoo is open every day except Christmas, jump online for all their latest news.
Darling Downs Zoo
Cnr Gatton-Clifton Rd & Baines Rd, Pilton