I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. Having 2 young kids with endless energy, we are always on the lookout for new outdoor activities.
Interact with wildlife at Kings Park this school holiday
Rio Tinto Naturescape is arguably Perth's favourite play area within Kings Park nowadays for a couple of reasons. First, it's relatively new; and second, instead of a traditional playground, it has more natural play elements like water, rocks, mud, trees, and sticks/ branches.
One of the ponds in Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park
This April school holiday, Rio Tinto Naturescape is adding to their attractions by conducting some free wildlife activities on site. On the first week of school holiday, children could learn about our local fauna with Kanyana Wildlife on Wednesday, 24 April 2013. Kanyana Wildlife is a not-for-profit organisation committed to the protection and welfare of native wildlife. They run a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (at 120 Gilchrist Rd, Lesmurdie) with a newly launched Wildlife Discovery Centre opened to the public on site. They also run Education for Conservation programs at schools and events such as as this. The last time I visited one of their events, I met with an albino joey (who would not have survived in the wild due to its inability to camouflage itself), an echidna, a family of abandoned bird chicks who had to be hand-fed day and night by volunteers, snakes, and many other interesting animals.
Face to face with Kanyana Wildlife
On the second week of the school holiday, lucky kids would be able to watch and even interact with Birds of Prey on Wednesday, 1 May 2013. WA Birds of Prey, who has a home in Whiteman Park, has among others a wedge-tailed eagle named Auzzie, the mascot for West Coast Eagles. He might or might not make an appearance himself, but I have a feeling another wedge-tailed eagle and other birds of prey such as owls and kestrels would be at hand (literally).
Interacting with a Bird of Prey (This one is a kestrel)
All sessions are free and held hourly for both events at 9.00 am, 10.00 am and 11.00 am. If you're interested to participate, head to Illyarrie Shelter (near the toilets) in Rio Tinto Naturescape on the day. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with no bookings taken. So, come early and be prepared to queue up. Please be aware that all children must be supervised by an adult at all times and there are also other conditions of entry.
Meet and greet a wildlife friend this school holiday