Wild night-life comes to light in new ex­hi­bi­tion

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - An­drea Falvo

AN­I­MAL lovers across the Tablelands can ex­plore some of Aus­tralia’s best na­tive an­i­mals in a new Noc­tur­nal Won­ders Ex­hi­bi­tion at Ku­randa Koala Gar­dens th­ese school hol­i­days.

Wildlife man­ager, Meg Markle said there were about 20 an­i­mals in the ex­hi­bi­tion and 10 dif­fer­ent species.

“Ev­ery­one seems pretty happy with it so far ... we’ve got a lot of diver­sity in there,” she said.

“Most of the an­i­mals came from Cairns Trop­i­cal Zoo when it closed.

“There hasn’t been a noc­tur­nal zoo up here for years.” Ms Markle said the ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tured two bil­bies, Kalka and Sunny, who had be­come one of the park’s main at­trac­tions.

“We’re the only park north of Townsville that has them,” she said.

“A lot of peo­ple have heard of them but haven’t seen them be­fore.

“They’re very iconic and re­ally spe­cial and unique to this coun­try.

“It’s also a good face for con­ser­va­tion.”

Ms Markle said the park also had a range in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing hand feed­ing kan­ga­roos, hold­ing a koala and watch­ing the var­i­ous an­i­mal feed­ing demon­stra­tions through­out the day.

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