Australian Reptile Park has received its biggest male funnel-web spider ever handed into the park to participate in the much needed venom program, saving up to 300 lives per year.
Known as Australia’s crankiest crocodile and famous for attacking a keeper’s lawnmower in 2011, Elvis the resident saltwater crocodile at The Australian Reptile Park turned 50 on 8th January 2015!
51 eggs raided from one female American Alligator “Betsy” at Australian Retail Park annual nest raid today!
The mighty roar of Tyrannosaurus Rex, to the snapping jaws of crocodilians will be the entertainment line up centre stage at The Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast in the Dec-Jan school holidays for Dinosaurs Alive, an eight week choreographed event series showcasing the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of geologic time millions of years ago.
In a rare and extraordinary life saving attempt, Tim Faulkner and the team The Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast of NSW at Somersby is hand raising an orphaned short-beaked baby Echidna, known as a puggle.
Help Tim Faulkner, Devil Ark & The Australian Reptile Park convince Matthew Groom (Minister for the Environment, Tasmania) to discuss the trial release of a group of Tasmanian Devils in to suitable habitat on the Australian mainland. For the good of the devil, Australian mammals, and ecosystem resilience.
Australian Reptile Park General Manager and television personality, Tim Faulkner has been awarded with the honour of Australian Geographic Society - Conservationist Of The Year 2015, at a prestigious ceremony held at Dolton House last night, attended by the founder of the Australian Geographic journal and patron of the Australian Geographic Society, Dick Smith.
The Australian Reptile Park has been shortlisted for the 2015 NSW Tourism Awards!
The number of funnel webs caught to produce vital anti-venom has been declining over the past few years, prompting specialists to remind everyday Australians to lend a hand.
Sunday 4 October was World Animal Day, a day of significance to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare around the world.
On the 22nd September 2015, Hugo the Galapagos tortoise celebrated his 65th birthday!!!!
The Australian Reptile Park is celebrating spring baby animals during the September school holidays with interpretive shows, roving keeper programs, alligator feeding, animal walks, Kids 2 Keeper workshops and VIP animal encounters featured daily!!!
The Australian Reptile Park is joining forces with National Parks Association of NSW to raise awareness and funds for the establishment of Great Koala National Park.
The Australian Reptile Park is sending out a strong message that a pet is for life not a momentary interest, after three young Eastern long-necked turtles were handed into The Park by a local Central Coast resident, who found them locked inside a toolbox draw on a roadside council pick up.
In an incredibly dangerous procedure, The Australian Reptile Park keepers will be pairing two King Cobras, the longest venomous snakes in Australia (measuring up to 4 metres in length) on Tuesday 1 September at 10.30am on site, in support of conservation efforts and their endangered species status globally.
The Australian Reptile Park is sending out a message of reminder about funnel web spider drop off zones around NSW, where people can deliver the spiders to contribute to the park’s anti-venom program saving over 300 lives per year.
We’ve got some exciting news for 8-12 year olds! Our Conservation Workshops are BACK!!!
The NSW’s Central Coast hands-on zoo, Australian Reptile Park, are thrilled to announce the arrival of five dingo puppies bred in captivity over the autumn months, born to resident dingoes Adina (12 months) and Fred (24 months).
The Australian Reptile Park’s BRAND NEW 'Animal Encounters' gives visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the stars of the Australian Reptile Park!
On 21st June teachers get FREE entry to The Australian Reptile Park!
5th of June is World Environment Day
Saturday May 23rd is World Turtle Day, and the Reptile Park is having a Turtle and Tortoise BONANZA to celebrate!
Friday May 22nd is International Day of Biological Diversity, and the Reptile Park is highlighting the importance of biodiversity for animals and people alike around the world!
Mums entry is FREE on Mother's Day!
Deadly, dangerous, weird and wonderful at the Reptile Park these holidays
Sunday March 22nd is World Water Day, and the Reptile Park is highlighting the importance of water conservation for animals and people alike around the world!
To celebrate Seniors Week, the Australian Reptile Park is offering half price entry to any senior whom mentions this post upon entry to the Park between Saturday 14th March - Sunday 22nd March. That's a fantastic saving of $10!
* Presentation of a seniors card or similar is required to validate offer.
Did you know it costs $2 per day to feed a Tasmanian Devil at Devil Ark? The Tasmanian devil breeding facility in the NSW Barrington Tops is home to almost 200 devils which means they have a lot of hungry mouths to feed!
Tim is out on the road filming exciting new adventures for the next season of The Wild Life of Tim Faulkner which will be returning to Channel 9 soon!
It's Koala and Tasmanian devil breeding season and following on from the success of previous years we are looking forward to hearing the pitter patter of little feet in the coming months!
Peak breeding season for funnel web spiders has begun. The start of February marks the beginning of funnel web spider breeding season which runs from now until the end of April. It’s the time that the public are most likely to see them and the Australian Reptile Park says it’s a timely reminder that we need donations of funnel web spiders for our milking program.
The average Eastern brown snake is 1.5metres long. A snake around 2metres was recently donated to the Australian Reptile Park after being caught in a suburban backyard. Keepers have named him “Gigantor” and he’s now part of the life-saving anti-venom program.
With Valentines Day fast approaching love is certainly in the air at The Australia Reptile Park, with many of our animals successfully paired and spotted getting cosy.
It's Koala and Tasmanian devil mating season and following on from the success of previous years we are looking forward to hearing the pitter patter of little feet in the coming months!
Following the successful nest raids on the American alligators at the Australian Reptile Park, a young rogue male will need to be removed.
The Australian Reptile Park’s largest snake, the reticulated python Atomic Betty had her annual weigh in today and has lost 11kg, coming in at 129kg.
The Australian Reptile Park will be open 9am-5pm on Australia Day and everyday of the long weekend! Relax in our bushland setting and enjoy the picnic areas and free gas BBQ's while the kids explore the children's adventure playground. Celebrate Australia Day hand feeding our friendly Kangaroos and encounter a range of native and exotic creatures great and small. The Australian Reptile Park offers the best Australia Day experience!
Dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years, but they’re alive at the Australian Reptile Park these summer holidays! Come and meet the mighty T-Rex and Spinosaurus, appearing twice daily for a limited time only during the school holidays commencing Boxing Day!
Elvis celebrated his 49th birthday on Friday 2nd January with a tasty treat in front of a crowd of eager onlookers.
If you’re Komodo dragon crazy, this competition’s for you! We’re giving away a behind the scenes encounter (for two people) with our Komodo dragons Kraken and Daenerys.
We're raiding nests at 10am Tue 30/12.
We're open 9am - 5pm every day of the holidays, excluding Christmas Day.
Are you looking for the perfect Christmas present?
The Reptile Park receives donations of funnel webs from the public and is desperately low on spiders to milk now that funnel web season has started. The Reptile Park is the sole supplier of funnel web spider venom and supply BioCSL in Melbourne who produce the anti-venom.
If you're visiting the Park on Friday 12th December unfortunately our kangaroos will be off display due to Park maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience, they'll be back on Saturday!
A big thank you to the wonderful NSW SES Sydney Northern Region volunteers who visited the Park to help paint Ploddy for 'Wear Orange Wednesday' on the 12th of November.
It's Movember at the Australian Reptile Park and our male team members have committed to changing the face of men's health by growing moustaches to spark conversation and raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
We have our very own Ninja Turtle - Leonardo, at the Australian Reptile Park. Leonardo is an alligator snapping turtle and he was rescued from a Botany drain 10 years ago. Be sure to come and say 'cowabunga' to our very own hero in a half shell!
The snake bite bandage is a must for every first aid kit. Using the bandage correctly for pressure immobilisation can assist in slowing the envenomation process until medical treatment can be administered.
Keepers in the koala enclosure were greeted with a surprise this morning - 3 joeys on 1 mum!
The dingo needs your help!
It's all about Birthdays and Babies theses holidays at the Park
You can help here https://www.savethekoala.com/how-to-help/save-koala-month
Join Stevie and the weather crew at the Park tomorrow (24/09) from 6am - 9am.
Series 2 of The Wild Life of Tim Faulkner starts Saturday 13th September on Channel 9 (check your local guide for times). Get set for adventures with a Yellow foot rock wallaby, scrub python and a trip to Tasmania!
Happy birthday Hugo - he's nearly 64!
Our dingo puppies have finally arrived!
It’s Threatened Species Day on Sunday and it’s a great time to think about our wonderful world of animals.
It's Daffodil Day this Friday and we're helping our friends at Cancer Council NSW Hunter & Central Coast spread the word!
Three month old Tasmanian devil joeys had their first health at the Australian Reptile Park this morning.
Bring a picnic and relax!
Ever wanted to learn how this life saving product is made?
FREE entry for Veterans ANZAC Day ONLY
LAST CHANCE to see our dragon walking in the Park!
We have introduced a brand new experience just for seniors!
The Australian Reptile Park’s largest snake, the reticulated python Atomic Betty had her annual weigh in today and has put on 1kg to tip the scales at 140kg.
Be watching from 6am, channel 9!
Half price entry for Seniors only!
Have you seen a crocodile death roll?
These school holidays, have a splash on our giant water slide!
This instructional video shows you how to safely catch a funnel web spider.
Sundays on Channel 9 watch Tim Faulkner in action!
The NSW State Tourism Award results are in and we are a finalist!
It's that time of year when we need to take care of our lawns!
It was certainly a party to remember! Ploddy's 50th was a tremendous success and the cake was spectacular!
Sat 5th October at 1pm on Nine networks nationally.
It's finally Ploddy's 50th and that means P-A-R-T-Y!
Two reptiles returned to us!
For the return, conviction or arrest relating to the theft on Sunday night!
Do you know what 1963 stands for?
This fantastic play area is now open for everyone to enjoy - even the grown ups!
Our gorgeous dingo puppies have arrived! Only here for the month of July, school holidays is a great time to come and meet them.
Brazen thieves have stolen over 20 reptiles from our Park.
Ploddy is helping us celebrate Conservation Month, with a koala on his side!
For the month of July, we’re presenting a very special show on animal conservation!
We are proud to have won a Heidi Hellingman Award for our venomous snake milking method!
We are excited to announce the opening of Erics Central Coast Nature Walk!
One of our juvenile Chameleons is now on display.
Fear is real and living with a phobia can have an enormous effect on your life. There are many people living with Phobia’s and many different types of phobias. It’s no joke, it’s no fun, and it’s not something you should be embarrassed by or afraid of dealing with.
The Easter Bunny will be visiting us on Easter Sunday!
Our little campaign to get Ellen DeGeneres to the Australian Repitle Park is gaining momentum!
Ellen DeGeneres is coming to Australia and we think she should come and do work experience at the Australian Reptile Park!
This tour for 3-6 year olds is so popular, we've added another date for school holidays 2013.
BIG NEWS! From December 27 throughout the holidays you could feed Elvis our 5m half tone monster croc as part of Monster Month at the Australian Reptile Park.
It's that time of year when our staff brave the dangerous Alligator lagoon for the annual 'nest raiding'. It's an amazing sight to watch them do this dangerous task with feisty 'gator mothers watching on! Set your clocks and be here on Friday 28th Dec at 10.30am!!
It's beginning to feel alot like Christmas and we couldn't be more excited! Check out Sam, our baby koala, who's dreaming of a green Christmas - full of yummy ecalyptus leaves!
Ploddy is helping spread the word; HIV is still here.
Thinking about Christmas and what to buy your loved ones? Give them something unique this year with an Australian Reptile Park gift card!
The SES is such an important organisation and we're celebrating them by painting Ploddy! Well done SES workers all over Australia - keep up the fantastic work.
Its Spring and you know what that means!
James Tobin did weather for Sunrise from the Australian Reptile Park this morning.
Our farmyard animals have started arriving and are so cute! The Farmyard Nursery opens this Friday (06 April) and runs throughout school holidays until 22 April.
Not only did we sell out all our Little Kids 2 Keeper sessions during the summer school holidays, we had to put extra sessions on - which sold out too!!!
Our cranky crocodile Elvis, has made headlines all over the world thanks to his dislike of early morning mowing!
What a morning! Our reptile keepers were mowing the lawn in Elvis the crocodile's enclosure when BAM!
Yay! Another year of school or work is almost over and it's HOLIDAY TIME!
Our friends at Australian Wildlife Secrets magazine have just published Vol 3 and it features Tasmanian devils on the cover and a massive multi-page feature!
We’ve got some exciting news for 8-12year olds! We’re launching our Little Kids 2 Keeper program which is guaranteed to entertain and educate kids who are itching to get a behind the scenes look at a day in the life of a zoo keeper.
It was smiles all 'round at the Australian Reptile Park this morning with eveyone delighted that Cadel Evans won the Tour de France in spectacular style. Our own style-king, Hugo the giant Galapagos tortoise rejoiced and celebrated by donning a yellow scarf in Cadel's honour.
Help us name our new baby koala! He's a boy and his mum is Tinkerbell, therefore, we need to select a name starting with "T". Any ideas? Follow this link to our Facebook page to post a suggestion!
Take a look at our beautiful Cape Barren Goose who's about to become a mum! Did you know that the male Goose builds the nest; that they are monogonomous birds that stay with their partners for life and that they share child (goose) raising equally!
July means Conservation Month at the Australian Reptile Park and we're running Conservation Workshops for 8-12 year olds. They're proving to be very popular and it's no wonder with the fantastic activities on offer! You'll walk with wombats, plant native trees, build a possum box and meet Lily, our baby Ring tail, learn to build a frog pond and meet a cane toad up close and even take the dingo pups for a walk through the Park! At just $60, you won't find better value anywhere! Call 4340 1022 to book!
This baby Bells Phase Laced Monitor arrived this week with four others. They will all go on display in the Lost World of Reptiles and when they're big enough, will eventually move to a new home outdoors. Lace Monitors are carnivores, so they'll enjoy a diet of mice and crickets. Scientists recently discovered the possibility of venom in their saliva! They can be found on the East Coast of Australia, so keep an eye out in the warmer months you might see one in a tree while camping or bush walking!
The Tasmanian devil breeding facility Devil Ark has proven more successful than anticipated, with a successful breeding season reported. The devils that were released in January have settled in well and are happy in their new environment, even venturing out into the snow during last week’s cold snap.
Mammal Keepers at the Australian Reptile Park were met with a major disaster on Monday; Banjo, a precious male Koala had been stolen overnight.
We received some babies today and they're not ones you'd want to pick up and cuddle! Ten baby death adder snakes have come to be part of the Australian Reptile Park's anti-venom program.
The delightful host of Sydney Weekender, Mike Whitney visited the Reptile Park today, shooting an episode that will go to air on Saturday, July 2nd. Mike and the crew shots stories including a Devilish Encounter, Fear Factor, Funnel web spider milking and even feeding Elvis, our giant crocodile.
Join Liz and a bunch of farmyard friends on Weekend Today, this Sunday 24th April. We're there for the whole show and you'll see pigs, goats, chickens, wombat and of course bunnies - becuase it's Easter Sunday!
Check this out! Everyone's favourite dinosaur, Ploddy, is celebrating the farmyard nursery! He looks more like a Friesian cow! It's certainly caused a stir on STAR FM this morning! Have a great school holidays!
The Australian Reptile Park will soon be recipients of much needed funding it was announced this morning. Shadow Minister for the Environment, Catherine Cusak made the announcement, which promises $150,000 every year for four years, totalling $600,000.
The crack of eggs can be heard at the Australian Reptile Park right now – and it has nothing to do with Easter! Baby alligators have started hatching, following their incubation in early January.
The 31st January 2011, marks the 30 year anniversary of the day that the first funnel web spider bite victim was saved with the anti-venom that was supplied to the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories by the Australian Reptile Park. Gordon Wheatley, an engineer from Sydney, trod on a male funnel web spider in his living room whilst changing a light bulb late that night.
Tuesday 18 January, 2011 marked an historic day in Australian wildlife conservation with the release of the first of a large number of ‘founder’ Tasmanian devils into the ‘Free-Range’ enclosures of Devil Ark. From an influx of more than 100 founders provided by the overarching program –Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP) over the next few years the Devil Ark population will be expanded to 1,000 Tasmanian devils over the course of the anticipated 20 year life of the program.
The taping of Oprah's show at the Opera House yesterday was massive - especially for our Olive python Olivia and Woma python Wendy. They appeared with Oprah's good friends the Irwins in the segment due to air in America next January. Well done girls, you did us proud!