Queensland Zoo (at the Big Pineapple) : 76 Nambour Connection Road, Woombye QLD 4559
The Wildlife HQ is open every day of the year except Christmas Day
Opening Hours: Every Day Monday to Sunday – 9 am to 4 pm – Last Entry is from 3 pm
About Wildlife HQ on the Sunshine Coast
Wildlife HQ is a boutique zoo of native and exotic animals on the Sunshine Coast QLD. The story of Wildlife HQ is akin to the story of Noah’s Ark. Zoo owner, Julie Seabrook and her team of dedicated Keepers, undertook the mammoth task of moving 200 animals from Alma Park Zoo to their new home at Wildlife HQ. If you thought moving home was tough, try packing a herd of Indian Blackbuck, Red Pandas, troops of South American monkeys, a bearcat, and pack of dingos.
When Alma Park Zoo closed in March 2014 to make way for a housing development in the area. Julie negotiated with owners of the Zoo to assume the ownership of the animal collection. Julie established the new Wildlife HQ in Woombye to accommodate the 200 animals safely in their new permanent home at the Big Pineapple.
Whilst it was devastating to see Alma Park Zoo close after 45 years, keeping all the animals with their Keepers at the new Wildlife HQ was the best possible outcome.
For the animals with complex and multifaceted social relationships, maintaining their social bonds by staying together rather than being dispersed to other Zoo’s was the best solution for their continued health and well being. This solution also provided Keepers with the opportunity to continue to develop the bonds they had established with animals they have worked with for a number of years. The move to Queensland Zoo was a win-win for both unique animals and talented people.
Julie and the team at Wildlife HQ are now embarking on a new era. Julie is focused on providing lifetime care of animals of Wildlife HQ whilst educating families and children about animals, the environment and conservation.
For more information, click HERE to go to the official Queensland Zoo website.