Guide to planning a wildlife party in Melbourne.
Guide to planning an animal party in Melbourne.
Guide to planning a reptile birthday in Melbourne.
Planning a kids party can be stressful! There is the cake, party food, venue, party bags and the all the mess to clean up at the end, but when we see the smiles on our kids faces its all worth it in the end.
In this guide we take you through hiring a mobile zoo, what space is required, minimum recommend age and where to source some awesome zoo party supplies from.
First thing is first, hiring a wildlife company for a kids party is the easy part, its recommend to book a few months in advanced as most are booked out every week. The way to book a party is by calling 1800 WILDLIFE and talking to one of our friendly staff.
Indoors or outdoors?
Some company’s will present indoors and outdoors, including us, but we can only do outdoor shows when the weather is fine and there is minimum wind, if there is to much wind, we are unable to set up our banners. We recommend indoor shows for the reason being you will not need a back up plan if it rains, or if it is to hot, since we can not work in rain or extreme heat. We also have to think about our precious cargo, the animals! Animals such as reptiles are sensitive to the cold weather and did you know reptiles can also overheat just like we can! So its up to our presenters to regulate their body temperature and it can get very tricky in extreme weather. The other hand, mammals have thick Victorian fur coats, and really feel the heat in the summer, the ideal temperature for a reptile party would be 20-25 degrees indoors.
Michael Church, Director of The Rookeepers and Marlie the pure dingo pup at federation square Melbourne.
The ideal amount of space is 5-7 meters wide by 5-7 meters deep, we sit the kids down in a single line arching around like a semi circle facing the presenter.
Recommended age for a kids animal party?
The recommended age for a Rookeepers party is 3+, although we will cater for younger children, we don’t generally recommend it, crying and loud noise can really upset the animals and make the show really hard to perform.
Where to find awesome party decor!
If you search for 'reptile' or 'animal party' into google you will find some awesome ideas through Pintrest and other sites, Esty is also another good site where you can buy creative items including; snake venom labels for water bottles, green table cloths, green plates, cups, streamers ect.
Average price in Melbourne $300-$400
Our price for a kids animal party is $300 for a Saturday and $400 for a Sunday, this includes G.S.T
and travel within 50 kms from Melbourne C.B.D, or travel within 150 knm of Mount Egerton, to book call 1800 Wildlife or visit www.therookeepers.com.au today!
More Animal party ideas, check out this great theme!
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Magic is a well known ambassador for The Rookeepers and has been educating children for over 2 years! She is a favorite of Michael's and he undertook the tedious task of hand-raising her from a baby, she was raised in a beanie and to this day she demands to have it at every show, holes, smells and all. Although a possums main diet is eucalyptus leaves, she also loves strawberries, corn, sweet potato and apples. You can get up close and even hold magic in our Nocturnal Nights incursion and in our Wildlife Works incursion with prices starting from just $250 including G.S.T and travel!
Here is a photo of our Victorian Carpet Python eggs hatching, we had a 100% hatch rate and all the baby snakes are doing well. We had a total of 17 baby's hatch and plan on keeping a few for our Radical Reptile, reptile show, and the others will be moved on to new loving private keepers. Unlike most animals which just hatch and emerge, snakes are a little bit different, they hatch or ''pip'' but continue to stay in the egg for up to another two days to soak up all the nutrients before slithering into the big wide world.
We would like to welcome and introduce you to our latest arrival to the zoo, Boydii the boyds forest dragon, found in the rainforests of north eastern Queensland.
The Boyds forest dragon is an arboreal lizard which spends most of its time in trees and due to its camouflage it is often very hard to see and thus tends to go unnoticed. The male is larger than the female and can be distinguished by its larger head. Both sexes have a large yellow dewlap below their chins which they can erect using a bone called the hyoid. The dewlap is used for displaying to each other and to scare off predators.
Boyd's tend to adjust their body temperature to suit the ambient temperature of their surroundings, in other words they don't really thermoregulate by basking but merely adopt the surrounding air temperature. They don't cope with extended periods of high temperatures of 35C or more. They also require high humidity in their environment so regular spraying of the enclosure is essential, we spray ours at least 3-4 times during the summer and twice in the cooler months. Like many dragons they don't recognise a bowl of standing water very well so the point of spraying the enclosure is to also allow the dragons to drink the drips from the leaves. They are not particularly fussy eaters eagerly consuming the standard insect items such as crickets, cockroaches and mealworms and they like rough, vertical branches to sit on.
Michael with the birthday boy and Peter Python, How brave is he! For a wildlife encounter like no other call 0498 113 720 today.
Welcome to 2015!
We look forward to educating the younger generation on Australian animals this year throughout Victoria. Here is an incursion guide with our three shows we have on offer, please give us a call on 0498 113 720 with any questions or to book a quality wildlife incursion for your primary school, kindergarten or childcare center.
The fat-tailed dunnart (Sminthopsis crassicaudata)
The Rookeepers are lucky enough to have Fat Tailed Dunnarts in our collection and are a favorite among our marsupials. They come from the family Dasyuridae, which includes quolls and the Tasmanian devil and are a carnivorous marsupial (meat eater with a pouch). Their diet includes insects such as larvae, spiders, beetles, small reptiles, and amphibians. It stores fat reserves in its tail for times of food shortage which is how it gets its name and every night it consumes approximately its own body weight of food. They are found in the southern part of Australia in habitats such as saltbush, farm lands
and open woodlands although their numbers are low in some parts making them an endangered species, the main cause for this is feral cats and foxes. At our zoo the dunnarts get fed daily at around 6-7 pm,they have a mixed diet of crickets, mealworms, wombaroo insectivore mix mixed with mince and we also feed them beetles. All food is supplemented with protein powder and calcium to ensure all our livestock is thriving and daily health checks are also conducted looking for signs of illness or fighting within the colony. The Fat Tailed Dunnart is a marsupial meaning it has a pouch, that's pretty impressive considering the animal is only 20 grams, it can also have up to 8 babies in a litter which all start off hairless and undeveloped. We hope to breed as many Dunnarts as we can to ensure captive populations thrive and this beautiful species is around for many generations to come.
National Geographic News
PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN EASTCOTT AND YVA MOMATIUK, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
The 2014 Living Planet Report gives an index that tracks the numbers of animals in selected populations of vertebrates—mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish—across the globe.
This "Living Planet Index" declined by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, "a much bigger decrease than has been reported previously," according to the report.
The 52 percent figure refers to a general trend of vertebrate species populations shrinking, on average, to about half the size that they were 40 years ago, according to WWF spokesperson Molly Edmonds.
The report attributes the declines primarily to habitat loss and degradation, hunting and fishing, and climate change.
Though the new index received intense global media attention, establishing a broad trend for all animals is difficult—and controversial—because of the limited data on global wildlife populations. At least one prominent ecologist raised questions Tuesday about World Wildlife Fund's methods.
A Changing Picture
Two years ago, WWF put the same decline at 28 percent for nearly the same time period: 1970 to 2008. For this year's report, the group recalculated the index.
"This new index used a different methodology, taking vertebrate diversity into account. And we have more data than before," Edmonds told National Geographic by email.
The new method attempts to solve the problem of limited data on the world's wildlife. Even the 3,038 vertebrate species included in the report are just a fraction of the estimated 62,839 species that have been described around the world. The new index assigns a statistical weight to underrepresented groups to "provide a better representation of the results we would expect if a complete dataset was available—containing all vertebrate species," according to the report.
In temperate regions, for example, the index now shows a decline in wildlife, whereas in 2012 the index showed an increase. "This is because bird and mammal species dominate this dataset and are increasing on average," the report says. The new method gives more weight to reptiles, amphibians, and fish populations, which are largely declining, resulting in an overall loss for the region.
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