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Interested in the flocks of Townsvville that congregated on his lagoon, St John Robinson built a small dam to enlarge the water area, and by his lagoons and its adjoining swamps were listed as a sanctuary by national conservation groups. Robinson was an occasional crocodile shooter and began to capture live animals while working as a publican and canefarmer in Halifax.
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In he iin his wife returned from a trip through South-East Asia with an array of exotic birds and monkeys, as well as two bears and a black panther, acquired in exchange for Australian fauna.
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These intimate details of crocodile behaviour were still mysterious at the time, due to the difficulty of making observations of wild animals. Until the end of the s the zoo featured heavily in tourist booklets produced by the City Council and the Queensland Government Tourist Bureau and acted as a focal point for local events.
In Robinson staged a rodeo which included a bullfight. The bullfight was reportedly the first held in Australia, though any audience members baying for blood were sadly disappointed.
Despite the tame, theatrical nature of the affair, the promotion of bullfighting caused a wave of outrage in the Brisbane and interstate press, with luridly exaggerated accounts prompting protests from, among others, the Victorian Society for the Protection of Animals.
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