David Fleay Wildlife Park opens new immersive wildlife experience for students



Located on the Gold Coast, David Fleay Wildlife Park has installed a new, immersive learning environment for students – transporting them to one of Queensland’s vibrant national parks.

Queensland Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said the exciting new $ 40,000 education rooms would provide an authentic wildlife experience for children, explaining that “David Fleay Wildlife Park’s new room connects students to wildlife and the environment in an educational setting.

“The room replicates the iconic and beautiful rainforest habitat of Springbrook National Park and Lamington National Park, achieved through floor-to-ceiling wall art, natural and man-made flora.

“A combination of living plants and an artificial environment will allow students to be transported to a place that embodies local national parks and give them a unique opportunity to interact closely with the park‘s wildlife ambassadors. The bedroom is the first of its kind in Queensland.

“Students will see wildlife up close, naturally displaying their unique behaviors, while our rangers can help students discover these incredible animals and the special habitat in which they live. “

Minister Scanlon said the room caters for class groups, ensuring that every student can participate in the experience, adding that “staff at David Fleay Wildlife Park expect up to 20,000 students to visit. the hall next year, and that number is expected to increase each year.

“Authentic learning experiences align with the national curriculum and reinforce the Queensland government’s conservation message.

“The new space is inspired by a key message from David Attenborough, who said: ‘No one will protect what they don’t care about first, and no one will care what they don’t know first. .

“The students are our future champions of conservation and we hope that by visiting the new room they will learn more about our environment, the unique ecosystems it contains, and do what they can to protect it.

Here are some of the wildlife ambassadors students may meet:

  • Squirrel gliders
  • Red tailed black cockatoo
  • Pademelon
  • Tawny frog
  • Eclectus Parrots
  • Reptiles
  • Potoroo
  • A flanged nail-tailed wallaby called the Flash that represents a species thought to be extinct for over 30 years

David Fleay Wildlife Park was established in 1952 by Australian naturalist David Fleay and added to the Queensland Heritage Register in February 2001. The park is home to over 80 species of animals. Each year, more than 42,000 people visit the park.

For more information, please visit parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/david-fleay

Image: The red-legged pademelon is one of the smallest (and most adorable) members of the kangaroo family. Credit: Robert Ashdown © Government of Queensland

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