Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has officially opened Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary’s Mega Fauna Discovery Walk on the Capricorn Coast.
The sanctuary’s megafauna exhibit is a walking attraction, to showcase Australian wildlife from over 30 thousand years ago.
Ms Landry said it was a privilege to officially open the exhibit and to visit the wildlife sanctuary.
“As Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism and Member for Capricornia, it’s great to see a local tourism business like Cooberrie Park go from strength to strength and investing in new attractions, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The pandemic continues to affect our local businesses. While we eagerly await the day that we can welcome back international tourists back to the Capricorn Coast, I encourage everyone to please visit their local tourism attractions, like Cooberrie Park.
“I want to thank Keiron and Dave for inviting me to open the exhibit today and I wish them the best of luck in the future.”
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary wildlife ranger Keiron Smedley said the Mega Fauna Discovery Walk has already been a hit with visitors.
“Education has always been a major driving force behind the longevity of the park and the new education area is the Mega Fauna Discovery Walk which allows visitors to step back in time and explore life size recreation of Mammals and Birds that existed around 30 thousand years ago.
“All of the Mega Fauna Displays are life size recreations and all are Australian based with a vast majority from fossils found in the Riversleigh area of Queensland
“The Mega Fauna Discovery Walk was 3 years in the planning and was constructed over a 9 month period.
“Cooberrie Park has been operating as a wildlife sanctuary for 48 years and during that time has rehabilitated and released thousands of wildlife back to the wild,” Mr Smedley said.