Prey for a day at Fauna Park

By Holly Tregenza

THERE will be fun for everyone at Kyabram Fauna Park these school holidays, with the Birds of Prey Fun Day plus free animal interactions every day.

General Manager Lachlan Gordon said last year’s Birds of Prey Day was popular, but this year’s event on Wednesday, October 2 from 10am to 4pm will be even bigger and better.

“Visitors will enjoy close encounters with birds of prey, spectacular flight shows and presentations from experienced bird handlers,” Mr Gordon said.

“Full Flight Birds of Prey Centre will bring an array of birds to Kyabram Fauna Park including owls, wedge tailed eagle, Australian kestrel, peregrine falcon and more.“We’ve also got a monster croc jumping castle, face painting, temporary tattoos and craft zone.

“Roving animal encounters will be a feature of the day with our friendly and knowledgeable keepers roaming the park with their scaly, furry and feathered friends so visitors can get up close to our amazing animals."

Visitors will also enjoy parrot and kangaroo feeding, meeting a koala, reptile interaction and exploring the historic Hazelmen Cottage.All the Birds of Prey Fun Day activities are included in the usual park entry cost.

 People can skip the queue by pre-purchasing tickets from Annual membership pass holders can also skip the queue.Mr Gordon thanked the Kyabram Club and Hinchliffe and Greed Real Estate, who are sponsors of the event.

"We also appreciate the hard work of volunteers who help make our events happen, including individuals and members of Kyabram Rotary Club, Kyabram Lions Club and Kyabram Men’s Shed," Mr Gordon said.

 If you can’t make it to the Birds of Prey Fun Day, there are still plenty of great activities throughout the school holidays at the park.

That includes feeding the parrots at 10.30am, feeding the kangaroos at 11.15am, meeting a koala at 11.30am and reptile interaction at 1.30pm every day. 

The Kyabram Historical Society will open Hazelmen Cottage and the historic precinct every day of the Victorian school holidays from 11am to 1pm.

“Over the past six months we’ve also got more animals at the park including a frilled-neck lizard, 10 fat-tailed dunnarts, a brushtail possum, two albino Darwin carpet pythons, two inland taipans (the world’s most venomous snake), a trio of squirrel gliders and a black-headed monitor," Mr Gordon said.

 “During recent community engagement about a draft masterplan for the park, we heard lots of feedback that people who are keen to see more animals at the park, so we’re working on adding to our collection."