Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos: On your visit to the Dome, you'll no doubt meet these usually over-familiar characters - they're often full of a cheeky personality! Red-tailed Black Cockatoos reside across the drier parts of Australia, and feed on a wide variety of grains and eucalyptus seeds.
Eclectus Parrots Birds: Marvel at the array of brightly coloured native bird life flying freely throughout the Dome, including some rare or threatened species of parrots, cockatoos, lorikeets, doves, and rosellas. Pictured here is a pair of eclectus parrots: the males of the species is bright green with an orange beak, whilst the female has a red head and blue/purple breast, with a black beak.
Crocodiles: Meet "Goliath", the huge saltwater, or "estuarine" crocodile. Gaze into the pond from the boardwalk or view him eyeball to eyeball in North Queensland's first underwater viewing of the world's largest reptile. Learn about this fascinating species that dates back to the dinosaurs!
Koala Photos
Koalas: View our koalas right up close, or in our koala handling area, cuddle a koala and have your photo taken as a souvenir of your experience! (Optional extra)
White-lipped Green Tree Frog
Frogs: Frogs are vanishing from around the world and a large amount of Australian frogs are considered endangered or vulnerable. This is your chance to view these remarkable and beautiful amphibians as they appear in the wild.
Lizards: Keep an eye out for these rainforest dragons, the masters of camouflage! They will astound you with their method of disguise!
Turtles: Watch these ancient reptiles swimming through the freshwater pond, or basking in the sunlight.
Frogmouths: See if you can spot these masters of disguise as they sit camouflaged as if frozen, imitating broken branches. Often mistaken as a species of owl, forgmouths are also nocturnal, and named for their large flattened hooked bills and huge frog-like gape, which they use to take insects.
Kookaburras: Listen out for the distinctive and famous call of this Australian icon, which is uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter — good-natured, if rather hysterical! The kookaburra is the giant of the Kingfisher family, but unlike other kingfishers, they do not spend most of their time near water.
Pademelons (Rainforest Wallabies): Wander through the pademelon enclosure and view these small wallaby-like creatures that dwell in our forests. They are secretive, elusive and well camouflaged.
Possum: Made famous by Dame Edna Everage's catchphrase "Hello Possums!", this nervous marsupial is commonly found in suburban areas and is considered a pest, filling much the same role in the Australian ecosystem that squirrels fill in the Northern Hemisphere.
Snakes: See Australia's largest snakes, known to grow in excess of 20ft long. The Amesthystine Python, a non-venomous snake, wraps itself and suffocates its prey.
Bettong: Observe this fascinating yet solitary nocturnal marsupial. An endangered animal, the Northern Bettong appears to breed all year round, and only populates three regions of Queensland, all within 80 miles of each other.
Curlew: If you've been in Cairns for a few nights, you'll be relieved to put a face to the noise this nocturnal bird makes - hearing its eerie, loud, wailing call late at night is quite creepy!

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