Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome, the world’s first challenge ropes course in a wildlife park, recently hosted a group of mothers and children currently staying in crisis care at The Salvation Army Centennial Lodge.
The visit coincided with the start of the September school holidays, giving the mothers and children the chance to experience some of Australia’s native wildlife up close in an educational, immersive exhibit.
The Salvation Army Centennial Lodge Manager Cara Brackstone said it was the first time that most of the children had ever been to a zoo, and they were immediately in awe at how close they could get to all kinds of animals.
“The favourite by far was Goliath the crocodile,” she said.
“The Red-Legged Pademelons were very cute as well – Sylvie kept coming right up close for a pat.”
Ms Brackstone said the mothers were extremely thankful for the trip, as the pressures of life often mean fun activities take a back seat.
“Often the cost of any family outing is prohibitive for large families who are struggling to provide shelter and other necessities,” she said.
“Going to the zoo was a very welcome break from the stresses of finding permanent accommodation, and a good opportunity for the mums to bond with their kids.”
“We are immensely thankful for the generous support of Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome and The CaPTA Group in donating the tickets to allow the group to visit.”
Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome, and its parent company, The CaPTA Group, are long term supporters of the Salvation Army, and this latest visit served to reinforce CaPTA’s commitment to helping those in the community in need.