New facility a boost to critter care
Wildlife carers in Bunbury will be able to provide better care than ever after completion of a long-awaited facility.
Bunbury Wildlife Park keepers and volunteers have moved out of the outdated shed they were operating in and into a new and impressive purpose-built animal care facility.
The facility, funded by Bunbury City Council, means wildlife workers can carry out their daily duties in line with best practice safety and hygiene standards.
It is the latest boon for the park after earlier this year gaining Zoo and Aquarium Association accreditation – next to only Perth and Peel zoos and Caversham Wildlife Park in WA.
Bunbury Wildlife Park team leader Kellie Payne said the new space allowed the park to operate more efficiently.
“We are proud of the city’s ongoing commitment to ensure positive animal welfare is maintained throughout the park,” Ms Payne said.
“The new building provides more than just a better working environment for the city’s valued staff and volunteers, it also ensures the park’s animals are receiving the very best of care and animal welfare standards are kept high at all times.”
The facility includes isolation rooms for sick and injured animals, feed preparation areas, new staff kitchen facilities and a new accessible toilet for the public.
Duties include animal food preparation, the cleaning of food bowls and the storage of animal feed and enclosure cleaning equipment.
A quarantine room allows recently acquired animals to be housed until they are ready for their new home at the park.
It also provides a place to sequester the park’s sick and injured animals away from the park’s feathered, furry and scaled residents.
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