Featherdale Wildlife Park

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Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Yellow-footed rock-wallaby at Featherdale Wildlife Park
Date opened1972
LocationDoonside, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates33°46′01″S 150°53′04″E / 33.766974°S 150.884541°E / -33.766974; 150.884541
Major exhibitsMammals, Birds, Wildlife, Reptiles, Marsupials
Websitewww.featherdale.com.au

Featherdale Wildlife Park is an Australian zoo in Doonside, west of the Sydney CBD.[1] It specialises in Australian native wildlife and birds, as well as reptiles and marsupials.

History[edit]

Featherdale is located on seven acres of land owned by Charles and Marjorie Wigg, which they purchased in 1953, in what was then a poultry farm.[2] It was opened in 1972, by their son in-law Bruce Kibbare, who had studied fauna. The park initially opened as a nursery, lined with Australian native trees and plants, in conjunction with a wildlife park. 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]

The park is owned currently by the Elanor Investment Group, who own several destinations in the tourism and leisure sector. The faculty is equipped with an amphitheatre and runs a program called "The Learning Burrow", encouraging education and general information on animals.

Featherdale won the best Major Tourist Attraction award in 2005 and 2009, under operation of then-owner Amalgamated Holdings Limited (now known as Event Hospitality and Entertainment), who soley operated the park from 1996 until its $15 million-sale in 2013.[3] Many well known celebrities have visited Featherdale, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Gwen Stefani, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Dave Grohl and Smokey Robinson.[4][5]

In Nov 2019, Featherdale Wildlife Park management bought Mogo Zoo from Sally Padey (Mogos owner for over 30 years), and will commence management from the end of Nov 2019. [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frommer's Australia 2011 (2012). "Sydney Attractions: Featherdale Wildlife Park". New York Times website. Archived from the original on 20 July 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Visit the Park". Featherdale Wildlife Park website. self. 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  3. ^ O'Maley, Christine (23 November 2009). "Featherdale beats Opera House to claim major tourism award". Blacktown Advocate. Retrieved 18 March 2012.[dead link]
  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.
  6. ^ Campbell, Ian. ""They will honour my legacy and do it proud" – Sally Padey, Mogo Zoo". About Regional. Retrieved 13 November 2019.