Shepparton News

New faces at fauna park

- By John Lewis

There are some friendly new faces at Kyabram Fauna Park, but they are not furry and they can feed themselves.

Three new employees have joined the park’s team in recent months, ready to greet visitors when the facility reopens its doors.

Katelyn McIntyre has joined the team as education co-ordinator, with Ambrose Burcher and Brendan Dixon joining as reptile and invertebra­te keepers.

A former school teacher, Ms McIntyre, who started in July, said her new role combined her two life passions: teaching and native animals.

‘‘My passion for Australian fauna has peaked since having my own children and seeing the wonder, fascinatio­n and curiosity that animals bring to them,’’ she said.

Mr Burcher started in March and has experience working with a variety of Australian animals, but said reptiles were his favourite.

‘‘I love being able to talk to people about animals they fear or do not like and then have them come out of that conversati­on with a newfound appreciati­on of that animal or animals,’’ he said.

Fellow reptile keeper Mr Dixon started last month and he too was a reptile fanatic.

‘‘I got my first pet blue tongue at five years of age after pestering my parents for months,’’ he said.

Park general manager Lachlan Gordon said the new staff members would enhance the centre’s engagement with visitors and local schools through online learning, incursions and excursions, and help strengthen the park’s position as a conservati­on and education hub in northern Victoria.

‘‘While the park is currently closed due to coronaviru­s restrictio­ns, we look forward to opening our doors to the public again soon,’’ Mr Gordon said.

 ??  ?? Welcome arrivals: Kyabram Fauna Park general manager Lachlan Gordon (back) with new team members education co-ordinator Katelyn McIntyre and (front) reptile keepers Ambrose Burcher and Brendan Dixon.
Welcome arrivals: Kyabram Fauna Park general manager Lachlan Gordon (back) with new team members education co-ordinator Katelyn McIntyre and (front) reptile keepers Ambrose Burcher and Brendan Dixon.

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