A purpose built walk- through koala sanctuary is just one of the new experiences to launch at Featherdale Wildlife Park this month giving visitors to the renowned wildlife park, just out of Sydney, the opportunity to interact more closely with the Park’s inhabitants.
Home to the largest collection of Australian native animals in the world, Featherdale will use these new experiences to provide fascinating facts about 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 close to the koalas as they walk along the pathway between the eucalypts. For an even closer encounter, they have the opportunity to pat one of the koalas and have their photo taken as a memento.
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.
Featherdale has also introduced a Daily Zookeeper Walkabout, a 45 minute walk through the Park with an experienced. The group size will be capped at 18 people to allow for a more personalised experience.
These new experiences are in addition to the existing keeper talks and feeding sessions, which happen regularly during the day with the kangaroos, crocodile, echidnas, dingoes, flying foxes and Tasmanian Devils.