‘Big­gest event we’ve ever had’

❝It was great en­ter­tain­ment for the kids❞

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS - By Gus McCub­bing — Mau­reen Ben­nett

THERE were some feath­ery new faces in town as the Kyabram Fauna Park at­tracted a record num­ber of visi­tors to its Birds of Prey Day last week.

The Fauna Park, which is home to more than 600 na­tive Aus­tralian an­i­mals, hosted two 40-minute pre­sen­ta­tions from the Bal­larat-based Full Flight Birds of Prey Cen­tre.

Visi­tors had the chance to get up close and per­sonal with a wedge-tailed ea­gle, brown goshawk, Aus­tralian kestrel and a whistling kite, along with the park’s reg­u­lar crowd favourites in­clud­ing koalas, rep­tiles and roam­ing emus.

The spe­cial event was a hit, with more than 1500 peo­ple pass­ing through the gates ac­cord­ing to Fauna Park mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor Mau­reen Ben­nett.

‘‘It was a huge day for the Fauna Park,’’ Mrs Ben­nett said.

‘‘Ac­cord­ing to the an­i­mal keep­ers, it was prob­a­bly the big­gest event we’ve ever had, and def­i­nitely the most suc­cess­ful.

‘‘The feed­back we got from peo­ple was re­ally good… and of course it was also a beau­ti­ful sunny day in the school hol­i­days, so it was great en­ter­tain­ment for the kids, who got to have fun and learn a few things, which is al­ways a bonus for par­ents.

‘‘So with that suc­cess, we’re look­ing to do more of this type of thing to at­tract more vis­i­ta­tions to the park and in­crease its pro­file.’’

Mathew and Aaron Bain.

Me­lanie and Jack Lam­bert.

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