Wildlife park a rare and famous species
PORT Douglas tourism icon Wildlife Habitat has been inducted into the Ecotourism Australia Hall of Fame.
The leading wildlife experience operators said they were “tickled green” by the announcment after 20 years of continuous and innovative Advanced Eco-Certification “maintained at the highest standards”.
Only 14 operators in the country have been acknowledged by the honour.
Wildlife Habitat Acting Manager Andrew Hearn said it was a rare privilege to be one of only a few attractions nationwide to receive such recognition.
“For over 20 years Wildlife Habitat has been providing our guests with a fun and educational ecotourism experience,” he said.
“The habitat took a strong lead in trailblazing ecotourism in Douglas Shire, recognising its importance back in 1998 when only a handful of members were certified under the world’s first national ecotourism accreditation program.”
Mr Hearn said along with Wildlife Habitat’s strong sustainable practices and minimal impact on the natural environment, the park is committed to conservation via its onsite wildlife rescue program.
“We provide not only a sanctuary for a collection of birds, reptiles, mammals, fish and amphibians, but also an opportunity for the public to get up close and personal and learn more about these wonderful creatures,” he said.
“We believe education is the best way of ensuring understanding, appreciation and conservation.”
Meanwhile, the habitat is reminding the public to report any sightings of leg-banded birds after cyclone damage to its aviary netting. Some birds escaped through a large hole in the roof of the enclosure.
Anyone coming into contact with what they suspect to be the missing Wildlife Habitat birds can contact the park on 4099 3235.
Wildlife Habitat sales and marketing executive Jeremy Lebeuf and assistant manager Sybella Salter.