Animatronic safari experience at Stockland Greenhills

WOW: Two-year-old Zara of Ashtonfield watches as the Macaw flaps its wings and makes noises, while her sister Brydie, 9 months old, ignores it. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.
WOW: Two-year-old Zara of Ashtonfield watches as the Macaw flaps its wings and makes noises, while her sister Brydie, 9 months old, ignores it. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

The sight of giant wild animals in an East Maitland shopping centre are captivating young children.

The animatronic zoo, which boasts a range of creatures that move and make noises, has become a popular attraction.

Zara, 2, of Ashtonfield, watched in awe as the macgaw flapped its wings and the lion moved its head and roared, while the butterfly peacefully moved its wings and the panda took a nap. 

EXPLORING: Three-year-old Ava from Ashtonfield patting the zebra. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

EXPLORING: Three-year-old Ava from Ashtonfield patting the zebra. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Ava, 3, of Ashtonfield, joined in a craft session alongside the display where she decorated a zebra mask. 

She couldn’t resist moving closer to the animals and chose to reach over the fence to pat the zebra. 

“I wanted to pat the butterfly,” she said. “I like the bird and the butterfly … I like butterflies and I like the zebra.”

The display is part of Stockland Greenhills’ school holiday activities. 

MASK: Ava from Ashtonfield holding a mask she painted there. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

MASK: Ava from Ashtonfield holding a mask she painted there. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Centre marketing manager Kate Marshall said the zoo offered a unique and educational activity for kids.

The display can be viewed between 9am and 5.30pm each day.