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Birthday gifts for animal lovers

by Elisa Parry

Gifting someone a puppy for their birthday might be a bit difficult. But that doesn’t mean they can’t spend some quality time with their favourite type of furry friends on their birthday. At RedBalloon, we have loads of experiences where you can get up close and personal with the animals. From shark diving to cuddling koalas – there is something to suit everyone!

Roar 'n' Snore - Sleepover at Melbourne Zoo
Roar ‘n’ Snore sleepover at Melbourne Zoo

A trip to the zoo is a great day out for people of all ages. But a sleepover at the zoo with behind the scenes access? That’s an extra special gift. Spoil someone special with an animal encounter they’ll cherish forever. You might want to bring earplugs… (we hear the elephants snore!).

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Entry
Currumbin wildlife sanctuary entry

Spend a day with a range of native Australian animals. Feed the wild lorikeets and kangaroos and if you’d like to, you even have the chance to cuddle a koala (extra cost). This is a great family day out and an awesome birthday gift idea for kids.

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Swim with Humpback Whales
Swim with humpback whales

Can you imagine anything more awesome than swimming alongside a humpback whale? Get up close and personal with these majestic creatures on this epic experience just off the Sunshine Coast.

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Horse Riding on St Andrews Beach
Horse riding on St Andrews beach

Prepare for scenes straight out of a romance novel as you gallop along St Andrews beach on your noble steed.  Haven’t ridden before? No worries, this experience is great for beginners and confident riders alike.

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Crocodile Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove
Crocodile cage of death at Crocosaurus Cove

Know someone brave enough to dive into the croc tank? Sure, they’ll be in a cage, but you can bet their heart will be racing. Imagine coming face to face with some of the world’s largest saltwater crocodile! Yikes!

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Penguin Antarctic Adventure at Sea World
Penguin Antarctic adventure at Sea World

Happy Feet eat your heart out! Step onto the ice and spend some time with King and Gentoo penguins. On this behind-the-scenes tour, you’ll gain access into this wintery wonderland while learning loads about these fascinating birds.

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Sunset Camel Ride
Sunset camel ride

A word of warning, it’s almost impossible to ride a camel gracefully! The getting on / getting off part of this experience is always interesting (and hilarious). But, once you’re up, it’s all very relaxing and you can take in the stunning outback views.

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