Ok so I dont know anything about Mareeba/Shambala/whatever. I know where it was and a few scraps of news about staff not being paid and change of ownership. As an animal fan I did look at a list of which species were going to be housed at the zoo when it first opened and found out about its existence when I asked perth zoo in early 2004 where the Syrian Brown Bear brother and sister had been re-homed. Anywho I have been obsessed since a kid as to why Brisbane (excluding Alma Park here no offense) has never had a decent zoo. Now Australia Zoo and any other places nearby (I assume Darling Downs is given the name) but yeah i'm not including them as I wanted to put Mareeba as the hypothetical. I would like to hear opinions and knowledge from anyone willing as to why Mareeba did not work, what was the animals quality of life like etc. I couldnt help thinking when I learned about Mareeba 12 years ago "er....Brisbane is a major city still zooless after all these decades (again apologies to Alma Park lovers but I kind of see it as an exotic Wildlife Park, although I adore Sun Bears of course and would like to think they had a good life there along with the other animals that lived there like the primates, Leopard, dingoes, marsupials, camels, water buffalo etc)}. What I guess I mean is a zoo that has at least one representative from each (well most) mammal families (and birds, reptiles but anywho). I suppose its just theres potential for these large private zoos provided animal quality of life and conservation are the upmost priority and I'd love to hear from you all about it with all the realities involved in the current, past and future challenges there are/were.