Australian Wildlife Parks group, which incorporates Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park in Doonside (Western Sydney) and Mogo Wildlife Park located in the Eurobodalla region of the NSW South Coast, temporarily closed its parks this week. During the closure period, Australian Wildlife Parks Managing Director, Chad Staples, aka Zookeeper Chad, will drive a social media community campaign, #AskAZookeeper to provide comfort to the community and show their commitment to animal welfare amidst the evolving COVID-19 situation. Zookeeper Chad and his team of keepers generated considerable hope for the community by saving the 65-acre site at Mogo Wildlife Park and 200 animals while unaided from the disastrous fires which ravaged Mogo and surrounding areas of the NSW South Coast in early January 2020.
With both parks temporarily closed due to government mandates around COVID-19, Staples and his team have been working tirelessly to ensure the daily routine of the animals in the care of Australian Wildlife Parks goes unchanged. “Our animals and their welfare are our first priority. Our park may be temporarily closed, but our animal care routine remains unchanged” said Chad Staples, Managing Director of Australian Wildlife Parks. "We have essential staff onsite to ensure our animals are looked after to the highest standard during these unprecedented times" #AskAZookeeper – Social Community Campaign To support educators and parents in providing engaging wildlife content while many children in Australia and across the world are home-learning, Zookeeper Chad is encouraging children and the broader community to send him their questions via Facebook and Instagram to learn more about the different animals who call Australian Wildlife Parks home. Staples will pick questions to answer to provide education, as well as fun, for those watching at home. “While our doors are shut, we want to ensure everyone at home can still experience the animals and this is an exciting way for everyone to get involved no matter where they are in the world,” Staples remarked. Children and the community should send in their animal questions via social media using #AskAZookeeper Australian Wildlife Parks Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park boasts the largest collection of Australian wildlife in the world, while sister park Mogo Wildlife Park houses the largest private collection of exotic animals in Australia – both parks highly regarded for allowing guests can get up close and personal with animals in a series of once-in-a-lifetime animal encounters. For more information on Australian Wildlife Parks visit: www.mogowildlifepark.com.au or www.featherdale.com.au.