109K likes. A gusty southerly change is moving across the state.#nswfires #nswrfs pic.twitter.com/lKuEOhuqQk, Mother giraffe Sharni with her daughter Binty in June. The park is beautiful and nicely kept up, the employees are friendly, and the experience is an amazing one. While nearby fires remain out of control, park director Chad Staples said the worst was over and that the 200 animals were safe. The nearest stations to Featherdale Wildlife Park are: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Kildare Rd is 34 meters away, 1 min walk. Well that dreaded day has arrived and we are going to evacuate from our property tomorrow. Janek Drevikovsky is a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald. “They’re doing a pretty heroic job actually, making sure that the animals are being kept safe. Solaris Dr opp Orissa Way is 436 meters away, 6 min walk. Travel blogger Joanne Bond, who has been evacuated to Narooma, visited the zoo yesterday. Animals saved as wildlife park escapes fires. All times AEDT (GMT +11). Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. Specialties: Enjoy a face to face encounter with crocodiles, tasmanian devils, wombats & moore. "Everybody is safe and all of the animals and our staff are well at this stage.". The southerly change is expected in the next hour and will drive the fire in a northerly direction.#nswrfs #nswfires pic.twitter.com/9BH5aDTweX, The wildlife park staff in a photograph uploaded this week. She said it was a “high priority” stop during her trip along the coast. Save Medicare on 14/09/2020 - 13:14 facebook.com (334 clicks) Last edited 14/09/2020 - 13:38 by 1 other user. Hundreds of animals have been saved at Mogo Zoo on the New South Wales South Coast, after staff battled surrounding bushfires and one zookeeper sheltered animals at his house. The team was able to protect the 65 acre park but were battling spot fires on the property for several hours, he said. âThe fires were devastating for so many species but a tree-dwelling species is going to be affected far worse. Weather conditions are deteriorating. A Featherdale Wildlife Park spokeswoman told news.com.au today that staff at Mogo Zoo were heroes. They confirmed the animal’s safety on social media this morning, posting: “Zookeeper Chad and our incredible team of keepers have bravely secured the safety for all of our wonderful animals and the staff onsite.”, Thank you to all for your messages of concern and support today. The furry marsupials, Aly and Hippo, were choppered down from the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park at Calga on Monday afternoon to escape the threat of approaching fires north of Gosford. (Taken from a (safe) place by the ocean at Batehaven.) Featherdale Wildlife park is a privately owned park with a very wide array of animals and birds. Review of: Featherdale Wildlife Park General Admission I attended the Park with my 5 yo granddaughter and it was the best we'd ever been to. Dramatic pictures emerged yesterday of the zoo’s giraffes grazing while fires raged nearby. A free shuttle service will operate every 15 mins from 7am-12 noon, between Doonside Station (south) and Featherdale. 109K likes. The park exit is at Doonside Road, just off the Great Western Highway from Sydney. Hands down the coolest part of this park is the opportunity to pet â¦ The fires came within spitting distance of giraffes at Mogo Zoo. "It was black and red, like midnight, at 11 o’clock in the morning," Mogo Wildlife Park director Chad Staples said. Thread Tools Search this Thread Sep 18th, 2002, 06:19 PM #1 Sandy Guest . People close to active fires should immediately find a safe & clear location, including campers. Bushfires continue to burn across the country, threatening homes and lives across the country. “We got out and we watered everything we possibly could. It was opened in 1972, by their son in-law Bruce Kubbare, who had studied fauna. Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, Doonside, New South Wales, Australia. RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the fire “has spread down particularly through places like Cobargo and further south of Batemans Bay (to) places like Mogo and Broulee”. Read more. Featherdale Wildlife Park | Sydney's premier wildlife experience, home to the world's largest collection of Australian native animals Mogo Zoo’s director, Chad Staples, told the ABC he took several smaller animals, including red pandas and small monkeys, to his own home. Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park: Before the fires got really bad - See 2,552 traveler reviews, 3,387 candid photos, and great deals for Blacktown, Australia, at Tripadvisor. “We still have a lot of spot fires, but it felt like Armageddon a few hours ago,” he said. Helicopters, horse floats and dozens of volunteers have joined a mammoth mission to evacuate a wildlife sanctuary of more than 300 animals under threat from the massive fires in New South Wales. very good. It was built by Sally Padey but Sydney’s Featherdale Wildlife Park took over in November. will be required to book with the 18+ Student Entry fee. Walkabout Wildlife Park Operations Manager and Owner, Tassin Barnard, said the past two weeks had been an âincredibly intense-timeâ at the park. pointoprove wrote a review Oct 2020. “You have to imagine, the smell of smoke does set animals off.”, EMERGENCY WARNING - Clyde Mountain Fire (Eurobodalla LGA)Fire has impacted Batemans Bay. Ms Bond saw white lions, gibbons, white rhinos, giraffes, meerkats, tigers, lemurs “and names I can’t remember but geez they were cute”. “Most of our messages are about sheltering in place, and staying in place, because it is simply too late and too dangerous to leave.”. Nov 28, 2020 - Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park is Sydney's ultimate hands-on wildlife experience. Picture: Facebook/JABA TravelsSource:Facebook, A new baby zebra was born in January. Picture: NSW RFSSource:Supplied, Mogo Zoo on the NSW South Coast as it was saved by a heroic effort by the NSW RFS. The park initially opened as a nursery, lined with Australian native trees and plants, in conjunction with a wildlife park. ... Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park â¦ This unique Australia Day experience is proudly sponsored by Featherdale Wildlife Park Zookeepers worked from 6am to save Mogo Wildlife Park, which has Australiaâs largest collection of primates as well as giraffes, zebras and rhinos. Hi - â¦ “It’s old but I was surprised with the amount of different and unique animals in the enclosures.”. Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, Doonside, New South Wales, Australia. Conservation is a big part of what Featherdale Wildlife Park stands for, so there are a number of presentations which are regularly offered that will really give you an amazing fun and educational experience. “Basically, they’ve been hosing down everything like someone would do protecting their own house in that area.”. Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park has introduced a new free hands-on wildlife encounters for preschoolers. Sign up, Join the conversation, you are commenting as Logout. Posts: n/a Featherdale Wildlife Park. Things to do near Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park on Tripadvisor: See 4,468 reviews and 3,643 candid photos of things to do near Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park in Blacktown, New South Wales. We are located just 45 â¦ Experience Western Sydneyâs Featherdale Wildlife Park with PJ Tourâs shuttle service. HEALTHCARE WORKERS GO FREE STARTS SAT 12 Sept and ends at the end of September. 725 to the park). A Featherdale Wildlife Park spokeswoman told news.com.au today that staff at Mogo Zoo were heroes. Picture: Facebook/Mogo ZooSource:Facebook, View of smoke from the fire closing in on Mogo, Batemans Bay and Surf Beach. Established in 1972. “I was one of the first cars in the car park and one of the first people in the zoo,” she said in a post on her JABA Travels Facebook page on December 30. All High School excursions require a minimum 1:15 Teacher/Student ratio; All adult and tertiary education bookings (such as TAFE, University, etc.) #Mogo wildlife park team bravely continued to fight fires overnight #nswfires pic.twitter.com/gu3lRD3et5. The store will be closed... To join the conversation, please Log in. (9News) "There's approximately 15 staff including Chad helping to defend the zoo, and like anybody else in the area they are defending the property by keeping everything hosed down and the sprinklers on," said the Featherdale Wildlife park spokesperson. A popular wildlife park on the NSW South Coast has narrowly escaped destruction in the fires that tore through the Batemans Bay area on Tuesday. Featherdale Wildlife Park is open daily from 9am to 4pm (closed Christmas Day, 25th December) Location. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied. After a convenient hotel pickup from your centrally-located hotel, enjoy access to Featherdaleâentrance fees are included in the tour priceâand marvel at the parkâs 270 species of animals, including kangaroos and koalas, Tasmanian devils and crocodiles. The Clyde Mountain fire devastated Mogo town on Tuesday, and there were fears the wildlife park would be lost. âOn November 15, we were informed by the RFS that there was a possibility that the fire could reach us within three days, â she said. The zoo, spanning 81 acres of bushland and situated 10 kilometres south of Batemans Bay, is being threatened by the 31,000-hectare Clyde Mountain bushfire. China: Devotion dropped from GOG, Steam over Xi Jinping ‘Win... Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Featherdale Wildlife Park's education rates apply to all primary and secondary school bookings, and registered vacation care centres. “So there’s a range of different villages and communities right along the extensive nature of these various fire grounds that are being impacted already and there are also potential, serious potential with these southerly winds moving through, this aggressive change that’s coming through, increasing the volatility of the fire behaviour (and) spreading those fires now to the north,” he said. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied. Don't have an account? Featherdale Wildlife Park is located at 217-229 Kildare Rd, Doonside, Sydney, NSW (near Blacktown) If travelling on public transport from the Sydney CBD, take the North Shore and Western Line train to Blacktown Station. However, embers continued to fall and staff were in a state of continued “readiness”. “Right now in my house there’s animals of all descriptions in all the different rooms, that are there safe and protected … not a single animal lost,” he said. A number of dangerous fires are burning across SE NSW. will be required to book with the 18+ Student Entry fee. "We won't be getting any sleep tonight," Mr Staples said. The larger, dangerous animals - big cats, gorillas - we put them into their night houses so we could protect them there.". [NSW] Healthcare Workers - Featherdale Wildlife Park Free Entry until Sep 30. Zookeepers worked from 6am to save Mogo Wildlife Park, which has Australia’s largest collection of primates as well as giraffes, zebras and rhinos. Featherdale Wildlife Park. As well as no animals being harmed, Mr Staples told the ABC that the initial threat had passed. “What we did with the dangerous animals – lions, tigers, orang-utans – encouraged them to the night den, kept them calm, like nothing was happening, and we were able, if needs to protect them at that site. Picture: Facebook/Mogo ZooSource:Facebook. Our incredible team of keepers have bravely secured the safety of all of our wonderful animals and the staff onsite.Our prayers are with the #Mogo and #BatemansBay communities, all affected by #NSWbushfires pic.twitter.com/EI1Ydlx8yz. PHOTO: Featherdale Wildlife Park. Picture: Facebook/Mogo ZooSource:Facebook, Joanne Bond visited the zoo only yesterday. Wildlife Time starts at 10 am and is a free 20-minute lesson available on weekends Sessions are FREE with park admission or on presentation of an annual pass. Go to Deal. “We fought ‘til the end but the fire was furious.”. The zoo, home to approximately 200 animals – with Australia’s largest collection of primates, along with zebras, white rhinos, lions, tigers and giraffes – was threatened yesterday by an out-of-control bushfire. Right now, in my house there’s animals of all description in all the different rooms, that are there safe and protected,” Mr Staples said. Featherdale Wildlife Park is located east of Sydney near the town of Blacktown. The town of Mogo has suffered major damage with buildings destroyed on the main street. "It was black and red, like midnight, at 11 o’clock in the morning," Mogo Wildlife Park director Chad Staples said.Credit:Chad Staples. Ember attacks threatened the park, with the Rural Fire Service unable to provide assistance. They had been locked up inside “as much as possible” and the sprinklers were keeping the wildlife park wet, a spokeswoman told news.com.au on Tuesday. HEALTHCARE WORKERS GO FREE STARTS TOMORROW SAT 12 Sept and ends at the end of September. Featherdale Wildlife Park is located on Kildare Road,Doonside. “The zoo’s plan was always to defend the site, because we could make it safe here for all the animals.”, The Clyde Mountain Fire near Mogo Zoo shortly before midday. Other businesses in the area were evacuated on Tuesday including The Mogo Lolly Shop which labelled it “that dreaded day”. Those in Mogo who had planned to leave had been urged to do so on Tuesday morning. Aussie movie star Rebel Wilson visiting Archer at the park. 2020 has been a tough year for both zoos, however Mogo has feared the worst, having to close twice, firstly due to the devastating south coast fires earlier this year and then the coronavirus. We both had a great morning especially first thing as all the animals were very active and so interesting. Picture: Facebook/JABA TravelsSource:Facebook. Book your tickets online for Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, Blacktown: See 2,549 reviews, articles, and 3,388 photos of Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, ranked No.1 on Tripadvisor among 19 attractions in Blacktown. Kildare Rd opp Lynwood Av is 55 meters away, 1 min walk. 18 0. We appreciate your review and thank you for visiting Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park and we hope to see you again in the future. Featherdale is located on seven acres of land owned by Charles and Marjorie Wigg, which they purchased in 1953, in what was then a poultry farm. Hundreds of animals have been saved at a zoo that was threatened by a raging bushfire, but blazes have all but destroyed the nearby town. Home to the Largest Collection of Australian animals in the world The entrance to Mogo Wildlife Park is clouded in smoke as fires burn by the roadside. Featherdale Wildlife Park covers 7 acres, including 3specises: Birds, mammals and reptiles. Join the conversation, you are commenting as, news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site. The park is about 45 minutes from Sydney's Central Business District by car and about 1.5 hours by public transport (take the train to Blacktown, then hop on bus No. found prices quite expensive but could interact with animals. Featherdale Wildlife Park is one of Australiaâs finest tourist attractions in Greater Western Sydney and has played an important part in the growth of tourism. “The only animals that we saw any sort of signs of stress were the giraffes and zebra. Sydney, Australia 60 contributions 39 helpful votes. âTheyâre doing a pretty heroic job actually, â¦ By evening, workers were still busy putting out spot fires around the park. Home to the Largest Collection of Australian animals in the world We are the only place in Sydney where you can pat a Koala! A popular wildlife park on the NSW South Coast has narrowly escaped destruction in the fires that tore through the Batemans Bay area on Tuesday. She had been in the area on an excursion years ago. But by early afternoon, Mr Staples said his team had been able to save "every single animal". OUR STORY Established on 7 acres of land originally purchased by Charles and Marjorie Wigg in 1953, Featherdale hasâ¦ Pretty amazing! Alot of animals especially australian animals. Featherdale has some amazing animal petting encounters, and some animals you can actually hand feed yourself. Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2020. âItâs not good, to put it very bluntly,â said Chad Staples, a zookeeper from Mogo and Featherdale Wildlife Parks. But that was more to do with the activity of keepers being all hands on deck. Jet20558056206, Team Featherdale at Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, responded to this review Responded 12 July 2020 Thank you Garry for a 5-Star score and amazing review! Solaris Dr before Orissa Way is 433 meters away, 6 min walk. Sara Ang, speaking on behalf of the Mogo Wildlife Park, told news.com.au overnight that Mr Staples, along with 12 team members, were safe and had “worked tirelessly” to protect the zoo and its animals. #NSWfires pic.twitter.com/XWsJ1EEXUA. "The smaller animals we caught and took inside. All High School excursions require a minimum 1:15 Teacher/Student ratio ; All adult and tertiary education bookings (such as TAFE, University, etc.) Doonsideâs Featherdale Wildlife Park has offered a helping hand to its Central Coast animal friends, taking in two wombats under threat from bushfires. A spokesperson from Featherdale Wildlife, owners of the Mogo park, confirmed the danger had passed. Featherdale Wildlife Park's education rates apply to all primary and secondary school bookings, and registered vacation care centres. Motorist catches ute driver ‘muppets’ in near miss. 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