WELCOME TO TASMANIA ZOO

Tasmania Zoo is a local family owned business nestled in the foothills of the Tamar Valley, 18kms from Launceston CBD.

Tasmania Zoo first opened its doors in 2003, exhibiting birds and a small number of native species. It has since grown to feature the largest collection of native and exotic wildlife in Tasmania.

Tasmania Zoo is the only fully accredited zoo in Tasmania, exhibiting the largest collection of native and exotic animals throughout the region. These species include a number of endemic Tasmanian animals, as well as native and exotic species recognised as critically endangered.

Tasmania Zoo offers the second largest collection of primates in any private zoo in Australia and we are the only zoo in Australia to exhibit the endangered Black Crested Macaque.

Tasmania Zoo believes in creating a balance between wildlife conservation, education and entertainment in a natural environment that gives all visitors an up-close and hands-on wildlife experience for a greater understanding of why conservation is so important for our future.

WHERE DOES MY ENTRY FEE GO?

Your entry fee contributes directly to our efforts through providing funds for husbandry and management, animal aid, staffing costs, public education, supporting volunteers and our conservation funding of other organisations.

As a fully accredited member of ZAA we are committed to positive animal welfare using the Five Domains Model which underpins all that we do. This approach requires attention to the development and maintenance of animals’ Environment, Nutrition, Physical Health, Behaviour and Mental Health which collectively affect their welfare status.

  • Enclosure Development (specialised environment and needs, safety, security, naturalistic display and interpretation)
  • Animal Maintenance Costs (nutrition, health, training, animal keepers, veterinary care, housing upkeep and development)
  • Supporting Species Management Programs (relocation of animals between zoos from the mainland and overseas, staff training and exchange programs, specialist veterinary and consultancies, quarantine)

We exchange animals with other ZAA members and recognised international organisations for species population management and breeding and conservation education. Tasmania Zoo has been a leader in creating opportunities tourism opportunities and raising awareness by exhibiting species previously unrepresented in the state, and some that are becoming scarce in mainland zoos.

COVID-19 impact has caused some delays with our global partners but watch this space and our news feed for some exciting new additions to the Tasmania Zoo family!

  • Native Wildlife Rehabilitation and Rescue (triage, veterinary treatment, feeding, housing and release to the wild)
    Just some of the animals we helped in 2021: Brushtail possum, Common wombat, Eastern Barred bandicoot, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Bennett’s Wallaby, Tasmanian Pademelon, Tawny Frogmouth.
  • Animal Education and Advocacy Program (Communication channels used include webpages like the one you are reading now 😊, news and social media and interviews)

our mission

To deliver excellent and comprehensive care to all animals, staff and guests in the zoo by creating wildlife displays and adhering to dietary requirements and husbandry skills that comply with, or exceed, relevant industry standards and guidelines.

To contribute to wildlife conservation and to educate the community at large.

funding

Tasmania Zoo is non-government funded. Admission charges are all put back into the zoo for the on- going care of the animals, zoo grounds and infrastructure.

We at the Tasmania Zoo greatly rely on corporate sponsorship for financial costs of breeding programs, medical supplies and maintaining the health and wellbeing of these animals.