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World Wildlife Day at Ivory's Rock

Date: 5th March, Time: 9am to 1pm, Free entry

A Celebration of World Wildlife Day!

Local Children Meet Wildlife Up Close At Ivory’s Rock

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Local Children were privileged to meet wildlife up close and personal at Ivory’s Rock Conventions & Events Centre on Saturday March 5th, 2016.. They had the chance to pat baby koalas brought along by Ruth Lewis from Ipswich Koala Protection Society, who regularly save koalas and other wildlife with their 24/7 wildlife rescue ambulances. Lauren from the Wildcall Wildlife Show created a lot of excitement when she introduced turtles, snakes, lizards and possums to interact with the kids. Snakes Are Us followed suit with some slithery snakes and lizards that were very friendly indeed, creating much amusement.

A great programme of presentations, displays and entertainment was enjoyed by neighbours, land owners, children and families, who came along to meet and learn about iconic species in the area. Stephanie Grove, Conservation Partnerships Officer from Ipswich City Council talked about the importance of integrating conservation on private land for the purpose of protecting native wildlife and their habitat and introduced ICC’s iconic species programme , which includes koalas and brush-tailed rock-wallabies, both of which can be seen at Ivory’s Rock, as well as platypus, cooneana olive and plunkett mallee.

"Welcome to Country" followed by a very special indigenous dance performance was organised by Ngaran Goori, the representative body of the Yuggera Nation, which thrilled the crowd. Ranger Jenna Tapply, came all the way from Fraser Island to talk to the kids about dingoes, an iconic species with a significant place in the spiritual and cultural practices of some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Visitors had a great day enjoying the water slides, face painting, dress ups and fabulous entertainment with live music, kid’s choir and comedy acts. Nathan from Springfield thought it was “A great day out for the kids, brilliant venue” and Marilyn from Collingwood Park enjoyed herself with her grandchildren “Absolutely beautiful venue, wonderful place to bring the grand kids”. The stunning, natural setting, dedicated wildlife presenters and engaging wild animals made it a day to remember!

Thank you to all the Participating Groups:

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