Do you want to buy a zoo?

The Halls Gap Zoo is up for sale with a price tag of $5.5 million.

After 12 years at the zoo, owners Yvonne and Greg Culell are selling the popular Halls Gap Zoo so they can spend more time with their grandchildren.

An emu smiles for the camera at Halls Gap Zoo
PHOTO: Jack Ward

“We are two of the most incredibly blessed human beings, how many people get to be caretakers of the wonderful animals we’ve been involved with?” Greg Culell told Commercial Real Estate.

“We’ve bred endangered species that have been released into the wild… We’re leaving the planet in a better state than what it was in 12 years ago when we took over this place.” he said

The zoo is one the Grampian’s biggest draw cards, with more than 160 different species’ of reptiles, birds and mammals.

There are many native animals such as, koalas, wallabies and quolls, Asian red pandas, giraffes, spider monkeys, lemurs and leopards.

A meerkat keeps watch at Halls Gap Zoo
PHOTO: Jack Ward

Mr Culell told Comercial Real Estate that owning the zoo had been an amazing experience which had given the couple some unique life-long memories.

“A month ago I drove from Griffith with a giraffe in a trailer – that’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Greg Culell told Commercial Real Estate.

“We can go and play with meerkats everyday – the average person dreams of that. Through sheer hard work and sheer bloody mindedness we’ve been able to build something wonderful here.”

A wallaby is intrigued by the camera at Halls Gap Zoo
PHOTO: Jack Ward

Selling agent Michelle Matthews, of LSV Hotels said that there was opportunity for the new owners to expand the business.

“We can go and play with meerkats everyday – the average person dreams of that. Through sheer hard work and sheer bloody mindedness we’ve been able to build something wonderful here.”

“The zoo’s sitting on 52 acres of land so they could certainly increase the animal stock. There’s also the opportunity to expand to do those camping or glamping experiences where people stay over night – Halls Gap and the Grampians are very big on the Glamping.”

“When Greg and Yvonne first took it over 12 years ago it was just a wildlife park, and they’ve since built it up to be a proper zoo and a really good range of animals, and the profit has increased as a result.”