From Monday 1 June 2020, the Australian Reptile Park will reopen to the public. The reopening date was set once the NSW Government made the announcement that due to zoos being largely outdoors, social-distancing conditions were good for the visiting public on Sunday 24 May.
The reopening of the Australian Reptile Park comes as welcome news for New South Wales residents with the Central Coast wildlife sanctuary being inundated with enquiries and requests daily for the Park to reopen. After weeks of lockdown, the public have been craving outdoor activities to experience with their family and connection to nature and now the Australian Reptile Park is ecstatic to open the doors and deliver this.
To welcome back visitors, the Australian Reptile Park is offering FREE one-hour, guided tours included with their general admission ticket! The Park is open as usual and the guided tours will be limited to nine visitors per group. This guided tour will take visitors on an amazing journey throughout the Australian Reptile Park, behind the scenes, and animal encounters. Tours are run between 9.30am and 2.30pm and visitors will be allocated tour times upon arrival to the Park, general admission and park access is from 9am – 5pm daily. The Australian Reptile Park is encouraging visitors to pre-book their entry tickets prior to arrival. Tickets can be purchased their website www.reptilepark.com.au
Commenting on the reopening, Director Tim Faulkner said “We are SO EXCITED to be reopening to the public! During these unprecedented times, visiting a wildlife park with your family is the best way to connect with nature and each other. Connecting with nature and experiencing the natural world is what we do at the Reptile Park and I can’t wait to share that again with our visitors. People have been asking for weeks when we are reopening and craving this kind of activity for their family, so we are so happy we can deliver an amazing experience to them!”
Mr Faulkner continued “I am also extremely proud of how the team adapted to transferring our connection with the public virtually during lockdown. As a conservationist, connecting people with nature is what I do, and tens-of millions of people watched our educational videos and live streams – that’s incredible! We knew we had started something special when parents were flooding our comments with images of their kids drawing our animals and doing their daily homework. We’re excited to have all of our new online friends, and of course our existing supporters, visit us when we reopen next week!"
Park staff have continued working throughout lockdown to care for the Australian Reptile park’s 3,000+ animals. In addition to attending to the animals during lockdown, the Australian Reptile Park has been at the forefront of virtual zoo experiences through their daily educational videos and livestreams. In the two months the Park has been closed, over 100 videos have been produced amassing tens-of-millions of views worldwide.
The Australian Reptile Park is taking extra precautions to keep visitors, staff and animals safe and all details about the upgraded health and safety can be found on their website www.reptilepark.com.au
The Australian Reptile Park is located in a bushland setting on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australian. Home to over 3,000 animals, the Australian Reptile Park is a native wildlife facility that is founded on education and connection of people with nature. The Australian Reptile Park is well known its lifesaving work through the production of antivenom for Australian terrestrial snakes and funnel web spiders which saves 300 lives a year, and over 20,000 lives since the 1950’s. The Australian Reptile Park also founded Aussie Ark, New South Wales largest private conservation organisation working with thousands of native species and habitats.