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As spring draws near trees and plants are coming into bloom and native animals are starting to become more active. New life begins to stir in nature and at Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary there's excitement in the air. After years of disuse and dilapidation, the best-loved wildlife sanctuary in South Australia is set to reopen.
For most of us, it will have been many years since our last visit, so you need to be aware of the damage that has been wrought by nature and time. However hard work and willing volunteers have taken out the rough edges, and on Saturday September 1 you're invited to come to the Warrawong Grand Reopening.
Stroll through the bushland and see what birds and animals you can find. Wait quietly by Blackwater Lake and you may see a shy platypus taking a dip, listen to kookaburras laugh and Rainbow Lorikeets row as they feed on flowering foliage. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see one of the potoroos or bettongs that were often found near the cafe until six years ago.
A series of fun things to do are planned for throughout the Warrawong Grand Reopening day:
Wildlife Presentations - meet the animals with one of Warrawong's Animal Ambassadors, scheduled through the day
Bring your children to the Kids Craft sessions
Take one of the Sanctuary Tours
Get up close at an Animal Handling session - how about John Snow, the albino carpet python?
A limited range of light meals, drinks, and snacks will be available from The Shed coffee lounge at Warrowong on the open day, and of course, they will serve excellent coffee too. Take a seat in The Shed and enjoy the scenic vista of the natural environment, and imagine how much better the sanctuary will become over time.
To find out more about what's planned for the Warrawong Grand Reopening, check out the Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary Facebook page. It's full of stories about what the loveable animals are up to, and how the renovations are coming along. Be sure to book a ticket for the open day though, as visitor numbers are limited. Family tickets are also available for the open day which runs from 9 AM - 5 PM on Saturday, September 1.
If you didn't visit the original Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary before it closed, see this article from 2012. After the new owners arrived last year they faced many challenges, and you can see what it was like here. Coming to the Warrawong Grand Reopening will help them make the wildlife sanctuary even better.