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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!
Adopt your favourite animal and help save a species!
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!
Thats right, we're on Totally Wild this month!
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.
If you've got a budding photographer in the family, we've got a treat for them these school holidays!
Our giant mascot Ploddy the dinosaur is helping to celebrate DonateLife Week 2012 and sports their bright magenta logo this week.
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!!!
Colin McHenry of Monash University is researching relative bite forces of animals, so was looking to measure the bite force of some Tasmanian Devils at the Park.
Our American alligators sure have large appetites! And they know how to jump for their lunch!
Thanks to our very brave reptile keepers today! We successfully raided the nest our our alligator Big Mumma!
Our cranky crocodile Elvis, has made headlines all over the world thanks to his dislike of early morning mowing!
Here's the beautiful Atomic Betty on Central Coast Tourism's website. Nice work guys!
Our beautiful reticulated python, Atomic Betty had her annual weigh-in today.
What a morning! Our reptile keepers were mowing the lawn in Elvis the crocodile's enclosure when BAM!
See us on the Today Show on Thu 29th December, as Emma does weather crosses from the Australian Repitle Park between 6am - 9am.
Elvis has just got new carpet in his lagoon and as you can see - he's one happy boy!
Yay! Another year of school or work is almost over and it's HOLIDAY TIME!
Check out this fantastic time-lapse photography of Burmese pythons hatching recently.
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!
The Kids 2 Keeper programs at the Australian Reptile Park just keep getting more popular!
Looking for the perfect Christmas present? We've got somthing for everyone at the Australian Reptile Park!
The cast and crew of Channel 7's Saturday Disney have been filming at the Park for the past two days and everyone's had heaps of fun!
Our gorgeous giant Galapagos tortoise is celebrating halloween by eating sweet potato, because the kangaroos ate all the pumpkin this morning!
Billy's had a full-on day with the media loving our new Pig Nosed Turtles. They arrived this morning from Darwin and are now on display in the Lost World of Reptiles!
We're delighted to be involved with the producers of the Australian Girls of Herpetology calendar, which is being released in November.
We opened our Tasmanian devil breeding facility, Devil Ark, this week and launched our FENCES FOR DEVILS campaign. For just $72, you can buy a metre of devil fencing and become part of on of Australia's most important conservation projects. Check out devilark.com.au and see the Daily Telegraph's pictures from the launch!
There’s a baby-boom at the Australian Reptile Park and there are plenty of reasons to visit these spring school holidays.
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.
Pussy Cat Doll Ashley Roberts Ashley teamed up with our very own Tasmanian devil on her recent visit to the Australian Reptile Park for a newspaper photo shoot.
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 is here and that means Conservaton Month at the Australian Reptile Park!!!
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!
Our cheeky koala Archie, thought he'd try for a bite of Tammy's morning tea! They do say MARS makes you work, rest and play. Well maybe only rest is the appropriate word for Archie! Like us on Facebook and see our crazy posts all the time! Just click the link below:
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.
The Farmyard Nursery is the best thing on earth - just ask Julian and Daniel! He's pictured here with a beautiful chocolate coloured bunny! We've got a couple of places available on our Kids 2 Keeper program running this Wednesday, April 20th. It's a fun packed day that 12-18 year old aspiring zoo keepers will love! Enjoy Easter everyone!
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!
We've been building Ranger Mick's Farmyard Nursery and it opens this Friday! Not only is it filling up with beautiful farmyard babies, but our nursery will also have Aussie babies like Matilda and Barry, the baby wombats and even baby reptiles including our new alligator babies!
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.
We’ve gone barnyard mad at the Australian Reptile Park and we’re going to delight our visitors young and young at heart with Ranger Mick’s Farmyard Nursery during the upcoming school holidays. A special barnyard display is being created and visitors will be able to meet loads of cute babies including pigs, goats, rabbits, a cow, guinea pigs, chickens and ducks. Ranger Mick’s Farmyard Nursery is a little different too; you’ll also be able to meet some beautiful Aussie native and even reptilian babies. Barry the popular wombat, our new baby American alligators and the Tasmanian devil joeys Scratch and Sméagol will be joining in the fun. You’ll never know exactly who you’ll meet or who you may see being bottle fed each day but it’s sure to be special!
It opens on Monday 4th April and runs until Wed 27th April. That's right; we're open EVERY DAY of the Easter/Anzac long weekend!
We’re always happy to help promote a fine Aussie flick and this one’s just come to our attention. It’s being billed as the scariest movie since Jaws! We've got a bunch of free passes and are running a competition to find out your scariest moment in the ocean. We'll give passes to the best entries, judged by a Reptile Park Panel!!! Synopsis follows:
Boo our Boobook owl's a big boy now and tonight's his first night in the aviary! His dad Adrian's a bit sad; he'll miss him being at home tonight! We'll report Boo's progress in the next couple of days. G'night Boo!!!
The Australian Reptile Park is thrilled to advise that King Cobra eggs started hatching yesterday. The Reptile Park is the only zoo in Australia to import the magnificent King Cobra from Asia and continues its breeding program this week, with two King Cobras born and more hatching today.
We received a beautiful male Fijian Banded Iguana from Queensland this week and have paired him with the only female Fijian Banded Iguana in Australia and hope to hear the pitter patter of baby iguanas!
His name is Boo Radley and he's about as cute as it gets! See his entire album on our Facebook page, just follow
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.
Our female alligators are laying like mad and that means there's only one thing to do - raid the nest! You may have seen this on television news this week and it never fails to impress!!
Our gorgeous female gators are nearly ready to lay their eggs. We have 11 girls ready to go and the baby gators will hatch at the beginning of March.
Our beautiful Dwarf bearded dragons have just hatched! Mum laid the eggs 70 days ago and now they're out and ready to feast on a diet of live crickets!
The Australian Reptile Park is the perfect Christmas shopping destination - without the frustration of parking, crowded shops and time wasting!
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!
It’s summertime at the Australian Reptile Park and that means one thing –Tasmanian devils!!! We’ve got the cutest brothers you’ll ever see and Sméagol and Scratch have starring roles in our brand new “Baby Animal Show”, which will run every day of the holidays and feature loads of cute animals. The show will rotate animals, with appearances by a baby wombat called Barry, our hand raised Koala, Archie, baby alligators, baby snakes, baby turtles and of course our baby Tasmanian devil brothers! You’ll even be able to have a photo with one of them, which is yours to keep forever. It will be hosted by our very own Ranger Mick and is bound to be interesting, cute and fun!
We're running a promotion with our friends at the Central Coast Express Advocate. Our three baby koalas need names and you could win a family pass to the Reptile Park just by using your imgaination! Click on the competition on our home page to enter! Good luck and happy naming!
This is Barry, our baby wombat, who's being raised by our Mammal keeper, Kellie. Barry came to us from Barrington Tops, hence the name "Barry".
The finalists for the 2010 Tourism Awards were announced today and we're delighted to be finalists in the Tourist Attraction category! We've had a fantastic 2009/2010 and have our fingers crossed that we'll pick up a trophy at the Gala Awards ceremony on Nov 19th. Good luck to all the finalists!
Hey, it's nearly the end of school holidays and Hugo's not happy! Our giant Galapagos tortoise turned 60 and we've been celebrating every day with cake, face painting and the usual schedule of wonderful wildlife shows! The party ends on Sunday and the weather forecast is great, so come along and join in the fun!!!
We're open 9am - 5pm every day including Monday 4th October so come along and join in the fun. We're wishing Hugo, our giant Galapagos tortoise a happy 60th birthday and there's free show bags, face painting and cake each day.
We welcomed 12 new exotic tarantulas from America this morning! The King baboon, Salmon Pink, Goliath and Peruvian pink toes will now call Tarantulaville home! All arrived safely and daily tarantula feeding shows will commence for school holidays!
The Australian Reptile Park is eagerly awaiting a very special delivery from America next week with the announcement that twelve exotic tarantulas will be arriving next Thursday, 23rd September. The Reptile Park is the only zoo in NSW that holds exotic tarantulas on display and the last shipment received was almost 10 years ago.
Plans to begin construction of a large-scale Tasmanian devil breeding facility in the Barrington Tops of NSW have been announced today, by owner of the Australian Reptile Park, John Weigel AM. The Australian Reptile Park in Somersby NSW has teamed up with leading conservation organisation the Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered Species (FAME) to develop Devil Ark - one of the most ambitious endangered species breeding programs ever undertaken in Australia. Click www.devilark.com.au for further details.
It's love between our two King Cobras. The pair have been paired for mating and were attracted as soon as the male was introduced into the female's enclosure.
It was a sunrise with a difference today at the Reptile Park when Grant Denyer and his team from Sunrise weather visited to meet a few new friends!
Hugo, our gorgeous giant Galapagos tortoise was special guest on the Today Show on Friday and they asked him to pick the winner of the World Cup final, between Holland and Spain.
It's all go at the Reptile Park! Endangered Species Month is off and running and there are some really cool animals included in the new Endangered Species Show. Yesterday, they brought out a very cool alligator snapping tortoise! Today's show featured Archie, the tiny koala, who was orphaned a little while ago but w...ith the help of his new mum Hayley, is growing and has a great chance of survival. Come meet Archie these school holidays!
Our beautiful dingo puppy sisters have finally arrived! They're so beautiful, soft and great to cuddle! They're the feature of our special Endangered Species Show that will be running every day of July!
We're excited about our two dingo pups that will be arriving later this month!
Our very own Ranger Mick performed on Australia's Got Talent last night and is through to the next round! Congratulations Ranger Mick - and Rosie the alligator!!!
Ploddy is helping spread the word; HIV is still here.