We’re open for business, say sanctuary owners
RUMOURS the Flying High bird sanctuary at Apple Tree Creek has closed down are nothing to get in a flap about, according to owner David Tocknell.
Mr Tocknell said the sanctuary was experiencing fewer visitors than usual because many people thought it was no longer operational.
“I’ve been sick and people seem to think the place has closed down and there’s been a big confusion,” he said.
“The place has still been open all the time and I’m back now.”
In March, Mr Tocknell and wife Anne announced after four years they were having to face selling their business because of health problems.
But Mr Tocknell said even though the sanctuary was on the market, they had definitely not stopped trading.
“It’s definitely open,” he said.
“We’re open 8am–4pm, seven days a week.”
Mr Tocknell described the lack of visitors at his sanctuary as “drastic”.
“People are saying, ‘we thought you were closed’,” he said.
“All the wrong messages are getting out.”
Mr and Mrs Tocknell have made the most of their time as owners of the sanctuary, introducing captive breeding programs for native birds to augment wild bird populations, and adding a range of Australian wildlife including a Tasmanian devil.
FLYING HIGH BIRD SANCTUARY: David and Anne Tockwell with Franky are happy to say the doors are still open.