Ballarat Wildlife Park reopens to the public

 

The Ballarat Wildlife Park has reopened to visitors after it was forced to close its doors in late March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Parker family and the team at the Ballarat Wildlife Park are excited to welcome you back on 1 June 2020," the park posted on its Facebook page.

"Thank you to everyone that has enquired about our reopening and thank you all for your patience while we have taken the time to review our safety processes across the park in anticipation for reopening."

To ensure the safety of all visitors, staff and volunteers, the park has introduced a comprehensive range of initiatives which include:

  • physical distancing measures
  • increased sanitisation efforts
  • reduced, or no, access to some areas

Important changes to note include:

  • all indoor areas have entry signs advising of capacity limits
  • the reptile house, tiger precinct and koala boardwalk are now ‘one-way’ only
  • the play area near the penguin enclosure has closed
  • presentations and tours will not run until further notice
  • the park will conduct scheduled sanitising of common facilities throughout the day
  • the cafe now only offers a takeaway service

Visitors that are feeling unwell/presenting with COVID-19 symptoms are asked to delay their visit until they are healthy and safe to be in public.

The tourist attraction will continue to revisit its current procedures and update accordingly with changes to government guidelines.

"We hope visiting the park gives you some respite from the time spent in isolation (and) we know our animals will be thrilled to see you all again soon," the park said.

"The Parker family would also like to thank the wonderful staff for their efforts and dedication to our animals and the park upkeep. It's been a tough time but they have stuck by us and the animals."

Open daily between 9am and 5pm, the Ballarat Wildlife Park is located on the corner of York and Fussell streets in Ballarat East.

For more information, visit www.wildlifepark.com.au, email info@wildlifepark.com.au or call 5333 5933.

 

As the government's COVID-19 restrictions continue to change, we encourage you to be kind, stay safe, maintain social distancing and use common sense. And if you're unwell, please stay home.

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