Focus on conservation – cheetahs – December 2016

This month we focus on the plight of the Cheetah in our Conservation focus. Sunday the 4th December is the International Day of the Cheetah ( which also co-incides with World Wildlife Conservation Day (

Sadly the cheetahs appear on the IUCN Red List (International Union for the Conservation of Nature): status of North African cheetah: Critically Endangered. IUCN status of sub-Saharan cheetah: Vulnerable.  At the turn of the 20th century, an estimated 100,000 cheetahs lived throughout Africa and in parts of the Middle East and Central Asia. Today there are only about 6,600 of these majestic cats left in the wild.

As part of Billabong Zoo’s commitment to “Conservation through Education” we will be posting blogs and entries about cheetahs to our website and Facebook sites throughout this month as well as highlighting the plight of the cheetahs at our Zoo Keeper talks to visitors at Billabong Zoo. We are also supporters of Cheetah Outreach ( and sell their merchandise through our Zoo Shop which in turn helps the great work they are doing in South Africa.

We would like visitors to this page to enter our Cheetah photo caption competition. Just send us a caption to go with this great photograph of one of our two cheetah brothers (taken by one of our regular photographic contributors, Carole Grant). No more than 15 words. Simply use our website entry form. Winner gets a $50 Cheetah Outreach gift voucher and they also go into the major end-of year-draw (announced December 2017) along with 4 runners-up to win an Up-close Personal  Animals Encounters day at Billabong Zoo with some of our ambassador animals (details to be posted soon).  Entries for the Cheetah Photo Caption Competition close on 24th December 2016 with the winner (and runners-up) notified by the end of the year.

Good luck. We look forward to reading your captions.  And please do visit the following websites: and




Still looking for that perfect Christmas gift?  Visit the Zoo. 

At Billabong Zoo we have a huge range of children’s toys and gifts for all ages.  Over two weekends  (26th & 27th November & 3rd & 4th December – open 9am to 5pm) you can get 10% off everything and we have some items at up to 50% off. You don’t  have to pay Zoo admission to visit the ZOO SHOP or ZOO CAFÉ. Just ask at the front desk and you will be given a 10% OFF VOUCHER which you should present with your purchases. 

NB 10% discount card doesn’t apply to already reduced items.


gift_voucherA Billabong Zoo Gift Voucher is a perfect gift for your family, friends or staff. For Christmas presents, birthdays or just to say thank you to a very special person. They can be purchased for any specified amount and redeemed by the holder for:

• Day entry into the Zoo

• Zoo shop purchases

• Zoo Café

• Annual Pass (all adults and children redeeming the gift voucher for an annual pass must be present at the time to read and sign the terms and conditions of use and have their photo taken for identification purposes).

• Personal Encounter with one of our special animals (please call to check availability and to book in advance o2 6585 1060). Please quote voucher number and amount you will be redeeming on the gift voucher.

The TOY & GIFT SALE is on for two weekends only.   Remember to leave time to enjoy a fresh made coffee or cold drink  and delicious snack at the ZOO CAFÉ. See you at the Zoo.