AS the Kyabram Fauna Park came roaring back to life last week, visitors were treated to a first-time meeting with a couple of new faces.
The newest residents are a trio of elusive nocturnal quolls from Tasmania, a southern Koala from Barwon Heads, and two southern cassowaries from a southern NSW park, and are part of the park’s plan to build and diversify its collection of native Australian animals and demonstrate the strong partnerships the park is forming with other wildlife parks across Australia.
Kyabram Fauna Park general manager Lachlan Gordon said the park’s new acquisitions were sure to be a hit with visitors.
“One-year-old cassowaries Gorge and Adelaide are large, colourful, flightless birds that are native to Queensland’s tropical rainforests. They arrived in March from On the Perch Bird Park in southern NSW. Modern birds descended from dinosaurs, and cassowaries belong to one of the most ancient lineages of living birds,” he said.
“Bree is a southern koala who came to us from Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary near Barwon Heads in late May.
“While our doors were closed to visitors, our keepers have focused on caring for our animals as well as making improvements to exhibits, pathways and gardens. In the past few weeks, since restrictions have eased, we’ve also had assistance from volunteers and a crew from Forest Fire Management Victoria helping with upgrades.
“It’s terrific to be able share our new animals with the public now we’ve reopened, and we’re closely monitoring government regulations to make sure we keep staff, visitors and volunteers safe.”
Mr Gordon said as visitors planned their trips to the park, they should take into consideration the several social distancing regulations now in force.
“There are limits on the number of people allowed in the Environment Centre and entrance buildings at any one time to ensure we meet the 4 sq m regulations. In the outside areas people must continue to physically distance, keeping 1.5 metres between each other. We’ve installed several hand sanitiser stations around the park to help people maintain good hygiene practices,” he said.
“Unfortunately, we can’t run our usually daily animal interactions right now but people can feed the kangaroos. We also record people’s details on arrival.
“I’d like to thank the many volunteers and businesses who helped us build or sponsored the new enclosure for our new cassowaries, quolls and koalas, The Fauna Park Community Alliance, Kyabram Lions Club, Kyabram Rotary Club, Kyabram P-12 School, Brady Electrical Contracting, Hinchliffe and Greed Real Estate, Kyabram Bakery, Cantech Engineering, Kyabram Hire and Party Supplies, Juffs Fencing, Bunnings Warehouse, GTS Farm Supplies, WB Hunter, Salter’s Motor Panel Repairs and Neville Eyles Fencing.”
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