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Featherdale Wildlife Park Launches new immersive visitor experiences

February 8, 2017 Attraction No Comments Email Email

A purpose built walk- through koala sanctuary is just one of the exciting new experiences to launch at Featherdale Wildlife Park this month giving visitors the opportunity to interact more closely with the Park’s furry, feathery and scaly inhabitants.

Home to the largest collection of Australian native animals in the world, Featherdale will use these new experiences to provide fascinating and fun facts around the mammals, birds and reptiles while also highlighting the important conservation measures that form the backbone of the Park’s work.

“Koalas remain the number one reason people come to Featherdale” said Chad Staples, Head of Life Sciences for the Park.  “So we felt it was important to provide our guests with even more opportunities to interact with both our northern and southern population which runs at around 40 koalas year round.”

With the new sanctuary, guests can now get up close and personal with the koalas as they walk along the pathway between the eucalypts.  For an even closer encounter, they have the opportunity to learn from one of the Park’s knowledgeable keepers as they pat one of the koalas and have their photo taken as a memento of that special visit.  Costs for this bucket list moment start at $20.00 but the memory is priceless.

In addition to meeting the koalas, Featherdale has also introduced a range of Private Animal Encounters.  Limited sessions will be offered each day allowing guests to enjoy a hands-on experience from one of three groups – birds, reptiles or mammals.  Visitors will be able to spend 30 minutes with three animals from their chosen group including question time with the keeper. No more than six visitors will be taking the experience per session allowing quality time during the encounter.  Pricing and session times will be available by calling the Park.

Kicking off each day at 11am, Featherdale has also introduced a Daily Zookeeper Walkabout.  Priced at $25 per adult and $15 per child, this is a 45 minute walk through the Park with an experienced keeper who will talk about the rich history of the Park while highlighting key animals and imparting fun facts.  The group size will be capped at 18 people to allow for a more personalised experience.  Guests will also receive a souvenir bag.

These new experiences are in addition to the existing keeper talks and feeding sessions which happen regularly during the day with the Park’s kangaroos, crocodile, echidnas, dingoes, flying foxes and Tasmanian Devils, which are included In the entry price.

“At Featherdale, we pride ourselves on the high level of interaction we offer guests with all the Park’s creatures as we feel this will help them to gain insights into Australia’s important wildlife populations and help us preserve them for the future.  Introducing these new encounters will bring an even more immersive level of experience for our visitors” said Staples.

Featherdale is located at 217 Kildare Road Doonside and is open 9am to 5pm daily.  Visit www.featherdale.com.au or call 02 9622 1644 for more information.

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