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.