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Featherdale Wildlife Park Welcomes Easter Bilbies These School Holidays

March 21, 2015 Attraction No Comments Email Email

Two beautiful Greater Bilbies will be the star attraction at Featherdale Wildlife Park these Easter school holidays, with some WILD Family Fun packages also available. 

Featherdale's Easter Bilby

Whilst most of us may associate this time of year with the traditional Easter Bunny, Featherdale is asking Aussies to think of this nocturnal, long-eared alternative – the Bilby – as they celebrate Easter. Entry to the Park to see these rare creatures from April 3 -19, 2015 is available for $69 for two adults and two children (3-15 years).

The Greater Bilby (Macrotis lagotis) once roamed 70% of the Australian continent. This non-aggressive shy marsupial is easy prey for foxes and feral cats, and since their introduction, Greater Bilby have disappeared from more than 80% of their former range. The species is now presumed extinct in NSW and is listed as endangered in Queensland, and vulnerable nationally. It is believed there are as few as 600 individual animals left in the wild in Queensland.

Featherdale Wildlife Park has a Nocturnal exhibit designed especially for these spectacular little marsupials and with the species considered extremely vulnerable, Featherdale Wildlife Park is getting right behind saving these amazing and lovable creatures.  “It’s extremely important to raise awareness of the plight facing our endangered species and Bilbies need all the support that we can give them”, said General Manager, Tim Sinclair-Smith.

Other highlights available at Featherdale for the kids include the popular Keeper presentations, and Special Holiday encounters from April 3 to 19 including:

  • Spot the Bilby mascot who will be handing out Easter eggs or have your face painted between 11am – 1pm each day from Good Friday to Easter Monday
  • Meet a real Easter Bilby at 12.30pm outside Featherdale’s Nocturnal House
  • NEW Feeding Trails! Follow the keepers as they feed the animals throughout the Park. Limited spaces available each day. Tours commence at 11.30am and 11.45am daily for Southern Cassowaries and Wombats
  • Last chance to see Ngukurr, Featherdale’s giant Saltwater Croc catch his breakfast at 10.15am daily before his winter fast begins
  • Make new friends in the farmyard nursery with lambs, chickens and kids (baby goats that is!). Special feedings take place at1.15pm daily
  • Rapt in reptiles – Meet a baby animal or dare to get up close to a snake or lizard at 2.00pm daily.

Featherdale is also partnering with Save the Bilby Fund in exhibiting an Australian animal display at this year’s Royal Easter Show in Sydney. “The Easter Show provides a great opportunity for visitors to meet some of our amazing native animals up close for the very first time”, Mr Sinclair-Smith said.  “We love educating small and ‘big’ kids on our threatened species.  So many visitors to the display are unaware of the existence of Bilbies.  They think they’re a mythical creature and are amazed to meet one up close”, he said.

Featherdale Wildlife Park is open 9am to 5pm every day over the school holidays. Normal opening times and entry rates apply to all public holidays over Easter and Anzac Day.

Visit www.featherdale.com.au/easter-school-holidays/ for all the WILD family fun offers available over the Easter school holidays.

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