No rest in hibernation at Wildlife Habitat



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A new large central viewing platform is under construction. Image: Supplied.

Despite COVID-19, there is no ‘rest in hibernation’ at the Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, as it continues with major enhancement projects, world class new attractions, and even more wildlife interactions.

Despite the understandable doom and gloom, the Wildlife Habitat continues as a glimmer of hope looking forward, creating extreme value for locals and visitors.

Over the past 18 months, the wildlife sanctuary has been busily upgrading the park with two new massive aviaries, the world’s first Predator Plank, a state-of-the-art, ultra-modern Nocturnal Habitat, and the soon-to-be-completed Rainforest Habitat.

General Manager Andrew Hearn said the new Rainforest Habitat will provide guests with the most enthralling wildlife experience Wildlife Habitat has ever offered.

“The new attraction will take you through an epic journey across a daunting sky tunnel, multilevel tree-houses, and a central viewing tower that’s all swept with an adventurous feel among unique flora and fauna, telling the distinct story of the world’s oldest living Rainforest and interactions with its inhabitants including the elusive Cassowary,” he said.

“When the day comes that we can open our doors, we want to be ready to give everyone a truly special experience – we want to be a place where people can come together, as that’s something that will be very important to people.

“One thing that’s now becoming very clear is that it’s time to strap on your boots and ensure the park is at its utmost best, as we owe it to all our guests to have an amazing experience ready for them when travel restrictions being to ease.

“We are working extremely hard to take this as an opportunity to refine our experience – tourism will come back, and when people begin to travel again, we’ll be ready to captivate them with exceptional service and memorable moments.”

The Wildlife Habitat continues to play a large part in supporting the community during its hibernation period, through its not-for-profit Tropical Animal Rehabilitation Centre (TARC), which takes in injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife, along with keeping up with their vital conservation efforts.

“Our wildlife is blissfully unaware of any pandemic, so that means all the basic normal functions of the wildlife park carry on as if we were open, incurring a high cost for food and care of the animals, so we’re thankful for the recent announcement of a Federal support package specifically for this.

“We recognize that many people are facing personal challenges and uncertainty, but if anyone would like to help out during this difficult time, they can do so by adopting an animal through our Habitat Heroes sponsorship program.

“Any gift from the program helps provide animal care, give hope to endangered species, inspire minds and memorable moments,” said Hearn.

“The safety, health and welfare of the animals in our care, as well as our employees and our visitors, are always our highest priority. We hope that this hibernation period is short and look forward to welcoming locals and visitors back to the Wildlife Habitat as soon as we can safely do so.”

In the meantime, you can get your fix of amazing animal interactions every Wednesday at 10:00am with live feeds on the Wildlife Habitat Facebook page, which takes you behind-the-scenes with its animals, keepers and conservation programs. The wildlife team are ready to bring the world a little bit of happiness, even if it is from the comfort of your living room.

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