Rocky needs a giant panda

OCKIE and Cassie have gone from the basement to the penthouse.

The new digs for our charismatic Rocky chimpanzees looked five-star when I took a peek during a visit to the zoo on Sunday.

I reckon the new chimp house will be a crowd-puller and pave the way for further zoo improvements.

But instead of a slow build-up, let’s think big.

Why not get a giant panda.

We have a zoo and heaps of bamboo – why can’t we have pandas, too?

If the council can spend $1m on a chimp cage, why can’t we spend a million on a panda enclosure?

What an attraction that would be.

It might even be a name for the CQ NRL team.

The CQ Pandas?

Maybe not.

For those who immediately dismiss the Rocky Panda idea, China recently sent the Adelaide Zoo two giant pandas, Wang Wang and Funi, who go on public display for the first time on December 13.

They are the only giant pandas in the Southern Hemisphere and the first to live permanently in Australia.

Rocky could house a second Panda palace.

We already have had success with our endangered wombat breeding program, so why not take a giant panda step further?

We might even be in position to start an exchange program with Adelaide, as self-appointed Rockhampton social commentator “Alison” wants to “to get out of Dodge’’ and move back to the City of Churches.

Before Panda pessimists say our heat would be un-bear-able for the endangered species, I draw your attention to information from the Adelaide Zoo website.

“Although South Australia is warmer than Wolong (China), giant pandas are an adaptable species and they will acclimatise very quickly to our conditions. Adelaide Zoo will ensure the exhibit design provides features to eliminate any discomfort caused by warm weather.”

So nothing air-con can’t fix.

I wonder, will anyone pander to my suggestion before it’s dismissed as nothing but monkey business? Hmm, food for thought.

Pass the bananas.


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