Friday, 19 July 2013

Introducing Mickey and Minnie, Ashmore Palms' delightful young pair of Miligold Macaws.

The miligold macaw is a hybrid cross between a military macaw and a blue-and-gold macaw. The miligold macaw is a first-generation hybrid macaw — its parents are two species of naturally occurring macaws. The miligold macaw tends to inherit the intelligence and training ability of its military macaw parent as well as the good nature of the blue-and-gold macaw. You will notice from the images below that miligold macaws have the blues of the blue-and-gold macaw blended with the military macaw colours, which makes a greener aquamarine colour, with the outer wings retaining blue flight feathers. 

As there are only about six military macaws in Australia and no more can be brought into the country, we are very lucky to have acquired this rare combination.

Mickey has a lovable cheeky and inquisitive nature while his female mate, Minnie, is a bit more timid but both are settling in extremely well to her new home at Ashmore Palms. Their carers have found that they are particularly fond of warm sweet potato and peas for breakfast. Mickey and Minnie are fast becoming aviary favourites with both their carers and Ashmore Palms' guests. 

We hope you and your family can visit Ashmore Palms in the near future to meet Micky and Minnie!

Monday, 8 July 2013

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary visit to Ashmore Palms

A big thank you to John and ranger Carlie from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary who visited Ashmore Palms during the school holidays last week. They brought with them some exciting wildlife to show guests and to educate the children about interacting with and caring for the animals. The kids were very excited to be able to touch 'Fallon' the carpet python, a baby salt-water crocodile and a cute dragon lizard.

With hundreds of native Australian animals on display in natural bushland and rainforest settings, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary provides a rare opportunity to see and experience our amazing native wildlife. The Wildlife Sanctuary receives no government funding and rely on revenue from park operations as well as sponsorships and donations to continue their wonderful work in educational conservation projects and the rehabilitation of sick and injured wildlife.