For ages we have talked about taking the boys down to Richmond to the wildlife park - Zoodoo. We had heard it is really good and that they had native animals as well as tigers and lions. Last night we looked up the website and made a spur of the moment decision to go today - if Noah woke up happy and well. He has been really settled the last week, so we thought we should make the most of it. It was a two hour drive so we were hoping it was going to be worth the trip.
There was lots for the boys to see and do. It starts off with an animal nursery.
It included a pig with her cute piglets, birds including a cockatoo that talked, rabbits, guinea pigs, baby alpacas and rats.
Harri was the biggest shock of the day! He absolutely loved touching all the animals! The only time he freaked out was when a deer came charging up to him when he saw he had food.
There are different sections including a native animal section, the lions and tigers and also agricultural animals.
Aaron was hanging out to see the lions and tigers and spent ages there watching them.
We were there during one of the lion feeding times.
It was awesome to watch them spring to life as they saw their food coming out.
Both the lions have been bred in captivity and are therefore pretty tame. The younger of the two (the smallest one) actually starred in George of the Jungle.
Kobe was his usual self - charming everyone during the lion feeding. He was sick of sitting in his pram so we got him out and he just smiled at everyone. A lady ended up picking him up and having a cuddle. I was worried she wasn't going to give him back!
After watching the lion feeding we went on the safari bus. It was so fun! Here we are patiently waiting at the station for the bus to come (or not so patiently waiting in the case of Harri and Jay!).
It was a 2o minute safari which took you around different paddocks. Everyone got a bag of food to feed the animals along the way. The scariest place was when we went in with the emus!
They came right up to the bus and would peck the food right out of your hands - bag and all! The boys thought it was hilarious and were squealing and laughing at the same time (and so was I!).
When we went into the paddock with the camels the guy walks up and down the middle of the bus with a big bucket of food, so the camels put their heads right in to get it!
They were so tame and were quite happy for you to touch them.
We all got off for a quick stop during the safari and fed all the farm animals. Jay loved it, but Harri decided he wasn't too keen on the farm animals and stayed on the bus with Aaron and Noah.
The boys loved that they had swings to ride on and also a jumping castle. When I asked Harri what the best bit about the day was he said 'the swings and the safari with the emus'.
We finished off by looking at all the native animals which you were also allowed to feed. Jay was excited to see a Tassie Devil.
Before we left Richmond we had to take the boys to see the oldest bridge in Australia. I couldn't believe how many people were there!! Richmond was buzzing and there were at least 50 or more people hanging out at the bridge having picnics and taking photos. We had a great time and were glad we made the trip down.