If you are expecting a metropolitan, almost botanical gardens like zoo you will be disappointed, because the darling downs zoo is in its infancy, and closer resembles the African Savannah.
The state of some of the animal CAGES were disgraceful, a herd of ducks and three turtles were expected to share a puddle of water that had obviously been there for quite some time, two Egyptian geese had to share a tiny and yet again, FILTHY pond (all water sources were stagnant and truly revolting) and a flock of lions were in an overgrown mess of an enclosure. The zoo must unfortunately be understaffed and suffer economic problems because it is poorly maintained and, a letdown. My grand parents came with us today expecting a beautiful day out (sucked in by the adds, that sold a dream), all they got was a sunburnt face and an empty wallet.
The entry fee is comparable with bigger metropolitan zoos like the Australian and Taronga, but the comparison ends there. One hour was plenty of time to walk around examining EVERY animal, nook, and cranny. We arrived at 9 am and were finished by half past so, because we had brought lunch, we attempted to stretch our visit to morning tea, but that was impossible because like the sun-burnt animals, we had trouble finding any shade. I certainly would not recommend this zoo to anybody, or animal.