Kula Eco Park

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Kula Eco Park
Date opened January 1997
Location Sigatoka, Fiji
Coordinates 18°12′S 177°41′E / 18.20°S 177.68°E / -18.20; 177.68
Major exhibits Fiji Crested Iguana
Fiji Ground Frog[1]
Pacific Black Duck
Website http://www.fijiwild.com

Kula Eco Park is an ecological preserve in Fiji. It is located on Fiji's largest island, Viti Levu, near Sigatoka. The area was originally established as a bird park in the 1980s, but was bought by Kula Eco Park Management in January 1997.[2] With an extensive system of walkways through the park, and a wide range of attractions, the park is now a popular tourist attraction.

About the park[edit]

Swamp Harrier at the Zoo

The park is privately owned and operated, its main focus being the preservation of Fiji's indigenous flora and fauna, including reptiles, bird life, amphibians, tropical fish, the Fiji Flying Fox (Fiji's only native mammal), insects, butterflies and a wide range of trees and shrubs. The park has also won Fiji's 'Excellence in Tourism' award five times since 1996.[2] In addition, the park strives to increase environmental issue awareness and educate local children in conservation. The park regularly offers free classes in which children may learn about Fiji's environment, pollution, and conservation.[3] More than 8000 children have taken these classes.[1] The park is funded only 35% from general admission tickets, the rest coming from private donations.[4]

History[edit]

In 1998, 140 species were catalogued in a joint project between Kula Eco Park, the National Trust of Fiji, the Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales, and the Zoo Friends of Taronga Zoo.[2] As a result, the park established a captive breeding program for the critically endangered Fiji Crested Iguana and Fiji Banded Iguana. Seven juveniles were successfully raised.[1][5]

In 2004, the park achieved two milestones with the world's first captive birth of a Kadavu Musk Parrot and the park's first birth of a Pacific Black Duck.[1]

In 2007, (in cooperation with the Biological Sciences Division at the University of the South Pacific) the park commenced a captive breeding program for the endangered Fiji Ground Frog.[1]

Partners[edit]

Kula Eco Park works with a number of organizations to support Fiji and wildlife. They include the National Trust of Fiji, the Endangered Species Recovery Council of San Diego, and the Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales. Kula Eco Park is also a member of the Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria and an honorary associate of the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Tamara Osborne & Ramesh Chand. "Kula Eco Park, Not Just a Bird Park, Fiji". Melanesian Geo Magazine - Issue 5 (May - September 2007). Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Kula Eco Park, Fiji". 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Kula Eco Park, Fiji". Ecotourism Success Stories. SIDSnet. 3 April 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Kula Eco Park". 3 January 2002. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Conservation of the Fijian Crested Iguana". International Conservation Fund for the Fijian Crested Iguana. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 

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