Just 18 kilometres west of Launceston the largest collection of rare, exotic and native species in Tasmania can be found at the Tasmania Zoo. It is also home to the second largest collection of primates in any privately-owned zoo in Australia.
Located in the picturesque Tamar Valley, Tasmania Zoo is set on 50 acres of natural bushland. Since opening in 2003 the zoo has grown to exhibit over 100 different species, with many being recognised as critically endangered. See native animals, including possums, gliders, echidnas and reptiles. Visitors can hand feed the wallabies, wombats, kangaroos and more and see daily feedings of the Tasmanian devils, meerkats, penguins, tigers, lions and servals. The kids will love the Jurassic Swamp, with over 40 life-sized dinosaurs in a swamp-like natural bush setting, complete with prehistoric sound effects.
Tasmania Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation and community education, while also caring for injured and orphaned local wildlife. Barbecue and picnic facilities are available, and there is also a café and gift shop on site, which are all wheelchair accessible.
1166 Ecclestone Road, Riverside 7250
Tel: +613 6396 6100
Images courtesy of Tasmania Zoo