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Featherdale Wildlife Park is an Australian zoo in Doonside, west of the Sydney CBD.[1] It specialises in Australian native wildlife and birds, as well as reptiles and marsupials.

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Yellow-footed rock-wallaby at Featherdale Wildlife Park
Date opened1972
LocationDoonside, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates33°46′01″S 150°53′04″E / 33.766974°S 150.884541°E / -33.766974; 150.884541
Major exhibitsMammals, Birds, Wildlife, Reptiles, Marsupials
Websitewww.featherdale.com.au

HistoryEdit

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.[2] It was opened in 1972, by their son in-law Bruce Kibbare, who had studied fauna. The park initially opened as a nursery, lined with Australian native trees and plants, in conjunction with a wildlife park. It was threatened with closure in 1975 by rezoning and development for public housing, but the decision was reversed by then premier Sir Robert Askin.[2]

The park is owned currently by the Elanor Investment Group, who own several destinations in the tourism and leisure sector. The faculty is equipped with an amphitheatre and runs a program called "The Learning Burrow", encouraging education and general information on animals.

Featherdale won the best Major Tourist Attraction award in 2005 and 2009, under operation of then-owner Amalgamated Holdings Limited (now known as Event Hospitality and Entertainment), who soley operated the park from 1996 until its $15 million-sale in 2013.[3] Many well known celebrities have visited Featherdale, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Gwen Stefani, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Dave Grohl and Smokey Robinson.[4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Frommer's Australia 2011 (2012). "Sydney Attractions: Featherdale Wildlife Park". New York Times website. Archived from the original on 20 July 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Visit the Park". Featherdale Wildlife Park website. self. 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  3. ^ O'Maley, Christine (23 November 2009). "Featherdale beats Opera House to claim major tourism award". Blacktown Advocate. Retrieved 18 March 2012.[dead link]
  4. ^ Sharp, Annette (31 August 2011). "Blake Lively and Leonardo DiCaprio have an animal attraction at Featherdale Wildlife Park". The Daily Telegraph. News Ltd. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  5. ^ McCabe, Kathy (1 August 2007). "Gwen opens up in Sydney". The Daily Telegraph. News Ltd. Retrieved 18 March 2012.