New bird habitat
THE Wildlife Habitat has spread its wings with the opening of its new Savannah exhibit last Thursday.
The new habitat will be home to over 25 species of small birds, smaller marsupials and reptiles.
Adding to the already existing immersion exhibits - Rainforest, Wetland and Grassland habitats - the display will showcase some of the region’s most beautifully coloured species, allowing upclose interaction as birds fly freely in a natural setting.
“The main reason we introduced this area was that the smaller birds were previously going largely unnoticed and we were also unable to house some of the smaller birds in the larger aviaries,” CaPTA sales and PR manager Ben Woodward said.
“The introduction of this area is very positive, especially for locals who’ve known the park - this adds something new and exciting for everybody.
“We’ve already introduced 25 new birds and will gradually intro- duce more once they are settled before adding smaller marsupials and reptiles into the aviary.”
The Wildlife Habitat is also offering visitors to the park an extraordinary treat, the opportunity to see a tiny Lumholtz tree kangaroo joey - a rare tree- climbing kangaroo found only in the rainforests of the Wet Tropics.
“The little joey is growing and is out of the pouch now, and very active, it’s a definite must-see,” Mr Woodward said.
The Habitat is the only place in the world to successfully breed the endangered species in captivity.
“Breeding is an integral part of what we do here at the Habitat - we are also home to the world’s only breeding pair of black-necked storks, known as jabirus.
“We have two hatched chicks at the moment, with more on the way, they are doing well and growing rapidly.”
The jabirus Jabbie and James, have successfully raised over 10 offspring since 2001.
WHOLE NEW WORLD: the new Savannah Habitat and (inset) the jabiru chicks