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Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary to Re-open

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
Published August 2nd 2017
Wildlife Park to re-open February 2018
How exciting! One of the biggest news stories around town at the moment is the sale of Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary to new owners and it's impending re-opening.

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary
Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary (©paula mcmanus)


Warrawong, previously owned and run by ZoosSA, closed in 2013 after it was deemed no longer viable. The Sanctuary was first opened in 1985 by conservationist Dr John Wamsley. Dr Wamsley had purchased the land nearly 20 years previously and became dedicated to the eradication of invasive species in the area. His hard work saved approximately 10 species of mammal from complete extinction. The Sanctuary became a safe home to Australian wildlife in a natural location.

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary
Murray River Turtles (©paula mcmanus)


In January 2017, Warrawong was sold to Perth couple David Cobbold and Narelle MacPherson. Under their ownership, they plan to bring Warrawong back - bigger and better in early 2018.

Conservation, particularly with regards to the platypus, will play a major role in the Sanctuary's redevelopment. There are plans for a "platypussary" - a purpose built breeding and research centre.

platypus
Platypus (©paula mcmanus)


Warrawong has carved a reputation as a significant contributor to Australia's wildlife conservation. It is the birthplace of feral-proof fencing, cat curfews, and the chocolate Easter bilby," David said.

Education through interaction will set the Sanctuary up for longevity and sustainability.

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary
Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary (©paula mcmanus)


The restoration work and list of things to do are enormous. I've been keenly watching their Facebook page and it seems that things are moving along at a steady pace.

The story of the rebuilding of Warrawong is all laid out on their website and it makes great reading and viewing. Website visitors are invited to connect with Warrawong and accrue "Frequent Fauna Points". Points can be redeemed for free 'glamping' nights, free nocturnal tours, free cafe meals and more. Their excitement is contagious and it shows such promise for a brand new beginning. I can't wait for the day when I'll be able to visit Warrawong again. There are only 6 months to go!

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary
Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary (©paula mcmanus)

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Why? Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary is about to open it's doors to the public again
Where: 47 Stock Road, Mylor
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Fantastic, I love Warrawong and was lucky enough to visit with my school when it first opened :)
by stoda (score: 1|15) 9 days ago
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