Shambala Animal Kingdom was a 53ha zoological park outside Kuranda, Queensland, Australia. The park was privately owned. It was formerly known as "Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve", "Mareeba Wild Animal Park" and "Out of Africa Reserve". After being purchased by a Sydney lawyer, the zoo was renamed "Shambala Animal Kingdom". The zoo was closed in April 2013 citing financial reasons.Work out when and for how long to visit Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve and other Kuranda attractions using our handy Kuranda attractions planner.
The park maintained a collection of both exotic and native animals. Most exotic animals were transferred to Indonesian wildlife parks.
The zoo was originally opened by David Gill in 2003 as the Mareeba Wild Animal Park. It was closed by involuntary liquidation in 2004 after delays in obtaining permits to move animals from Tipperary Station in the Northern Territory and David Gill returned to England. Zoo consultants were hired by the zoos administrators. In September 2006 Udo and Jenny Jattke purchased the zoo and spent $100,000 upgrading the facility. It re-opened in September 2006 as Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve. Many of the volunteers were offered keeper positions by the new owners.. The zoo was sold in 2012 and changed its name from Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve to Shambala Animal Kingdom. The zoo closed in 2013 after a number of failed attempts to sell as a zoo and subsequently the land and animals were sold separately.
The park maintained a large lion pride, primates, and rhinoceros among other animals. It had a number of behind the scenes encounters and tours.
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Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve Reviews
A great hidden zoo with fantastic animals. I was so excited to see hippos for the first time :) Make sure your camera has a decent zoom as the animal enclosures are huge and they aren't always close enough to snap them. Wear comfie shoes as you'll be doing heaps of walking and a packed lunch is a good idea :)
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