Terri Irwin plans to turn Australia Zoo into Disneyland-like safari park

March 20th, 2008 - 12:34 pm ICT by admin  

Sydney, March 20 (ANI): ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin’s widow Terri has announced that she is planning to transform her late husband’s Australia Zoo into an international tourist mecca.

“(We) want to be ‘Destination Australia’ - kind of like that Disney feel where a lot of Australians go and see Disneyland and then (ask) what else is there to do?” news.com.au quoted her as saying, at a breakfast at the zoo on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

“So it will be so exciting for people to come here and be able to see the wildlife, spend the night, stay as long as they want, have the spa treatment and the guided tours and the experience and then be able to lash out and see the rest of Australia,” she added.

Terri also said that the project was likely to be completed in three to five years.

“I think it’s interesting that whenever I brought up the strategy of accommodation with Steve he would always say ‘Don’t even talk to me about that, that’s something that Bindi and Robert are going to have to worry about’,” she said.

“We find it just a bit emotional to think … it’s kind of come to fruition,” she added.

As regards speculations that Terri was planning to sell the zoo, she said that any report so suggesting was baseless.

“As far as reports that I’m going to sell the zoo I can say that when it comes to rumours and so forth no one really knows how they get started,” she said.

Terri also denied that there was a rift in the family, which compelled her father-in-law Bob to quit the zoo.

“I just can assure everyone that I love Bob dearly … he’s gone through so much grief losing his wife and his only son that I will respectfully just leave it at that,” she said. (ANI)

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