Queensland's oldest zoo moves animals into Big Pineapple

UP CLOSE: Regular Big Pineapple visitors Philippa Hayball and her son Joshua, 2, can’t wait to meet the Alma Park Zoo animals.
UP CLOSE: Regular Big Pineapple visitors Philippa Hayball and her son Joshua, 2, can’t wait to meet the Alma Park Zoo animals. John Mccutcheon

THINGS are getting a little wild at the Big Pineapple.

The Sunshine Coast will have its second zoo when Queensland's first and oldest zoo, Alma Park Zoo, moves to the Woombye tourist attraction.

The north Brisbane-based zoo will transport its cavalcade of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and crocodiles to the Big Pineapple over three stages.

Emus, farm animals and kangaroos have already settled into their new home and on Saturday stage 2 of the park will open when another 20 native animals and reptiles arrive.

The newest additions include koalas, eastern quolls, Tasmanian devils, snakes and wallabies.

Alma Park Zoo general manager Julie Seabrook said the new location would complement Australia Zoo, with a wide range of different animals, many of them from South America, Asia and Africa.

By July, more than 70 exotic animals will arrive, including a sun bear, baboons, lemurs, red pandas, iguanas, macaws and pygmy marmosets.

Some animals are pregnant, so there will be an opportunity to watch babies grow.

"We hope that everyone will embrace the zoo and see it as their zoo," Ms Seabrook said.

"We hope that the public will support us and enjoy family fun days connecting and interacting with our wonderful animal friends."

The zoo's former site at Dakabin will become a housing estate and its animals will be split between Logan and the Sunshine Coast.

Big Pineapple staff member Dan Munro will be hired under the Alma Park Zoo team to drive the Big Pineapple train.

"I love this job, it's so much fun. It's the sort of job where you meet so many people and have a laugh," Mr Munro said.

"My previous jobs were in renovations and a hardware store so it's so good to be here. I can't wait to work with the animals."

The entry fees for train, farm and natives day pass are $20 adults, $15 children and $50 for a family.

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