Wildlife park a rare and fa­mous species

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Mark Mur­ray

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.

Pic­ture: GIZELLE GHIDELLA

Wildlife Habi­tat sales and mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive Jeremy Le­beuf and as­sis­tant man­ager Sy­bella Sal­ter.

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