Featherdale Wildlife Park

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Featherdale Wildlife Park
Date opened 1972
Location Doonside, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°46′01″S 150°53′04″E / 33.766974°S 150.884541°E / -33.766974; 150.884541
Website www.featherdale.com.au

Featherdale Wildlife Park is an Australian zoo in Doonside, Sydney.[1] It specialises in Australian native wildlife and birds.

History[edit]

Located on seven acres of what was once a poultry farm,[2] Featherdale Wildlife Park opened in 1972 and has won the best Major Tourist Attraction award in 2005 and 2009.[3] It was threatened with closure in 1975 by rezoning and development for public housing, but the decision was reversed by then-premier Sir Robert Askin.[2] Many celebrities have visited Featherdale, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Dave Grohl and Smokey Robinson.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frommer's Australia 2011 (2012). "Sydney Attractions: Featherdale Wildlife Park". New York Times website. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "About Featherdale Wildlife Park". Featherdale Wildlife Park website. self. 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  3. ^ O'Maley, Christine (23 November 2009). "Featherdale beats Opera House to claim major tourism award". Blacktown Advocate. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Sharp, Annette (31 August 2011). "Blake Lively and Leonardo DiCaprio have an animal attraction at Featherdale Wildlife Park". The Daily Telegraph. News Ltd. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  5. ^ McCabe, Kathy (1 August 2007). "Gwen opens up in Sydney". The Daily Telegraph. News Ltd. Retrieved 18 March 2012.