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Fantastic fathers! First time koala dad and other dads enjoy extra cuddles and treats for Father’s Day

September 7, 2020 Attraction No Comments Email Email

Fathers of all fluffy, feathery and scaly sorts were treated to a little extra love and enrichment at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo today in celebration of Father’s Day.

The dads were spoiled by Zookeepers who made special deliveries of treats, presents and of course, cuddles.

Big Ronny the daddy Scrub Python received a big present for Father’s Day while Frilled Neck Lizard and frog dads were treated to extra crickets. Bilya the daddy Bilby enjoyed an extra minute of scratches under the chin and although he has never sired offspring, Princess the Southern Cassowary (yes, he’s a male!) was gifted with a jar full of grapes. It was also a special day for first time koala dad Alfie who welcomed the arrival of his first koala joey Ilani late last year. He was gifted with a bouquet of gum leaves and loving cuddles from Marina, his keeper.

“Just like all the amazing mums here at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, dads play an important role in the continuation and growth of their species and we think that’s worth celebrating,” said Zookeeper Rebekah Hancox.

“We’re especially excited for Alfie to experience his first Father’s Day and to celebrate Princess, who may not have sired a baby, but as a male Southern Cassowary is critical for the incubation of the eggs and raising of the young.”

Treat your dad this Father’s Day with a trip to Sydney’s best attractions! WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Sydney and Sydney Tower Eye are offering a buy one, get one free offer all weekend (5-6 September 2020). Use the promo code ‘FATHERSDAY’ to access the offer.

For more information or to book online and save, visit

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