The Bunbury Wildlife Park will reopen its doors later this month with revised operating hours.
Opening hours at the park will be 10am to 5pm, five days a week with the park to be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Thursday 23 July has been earmarked for the park’s reopening, which has been delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent storm damage.
Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the park’s reopening was an important and exciting milestone in the City’s recovery plan.
“The Wildlife Park is one of Bunbury’s renowned and most popular attractions and its reopening will be welcomed by both residents and visitors of our great City,” Mayor Brennan said.
To prepare for the reopening, repairs to enclosures, pathways and hand wash basins are continuing.
The decision was made in June to complete these projects prior to opening to the public.
As primarily an outdoor venue, there will be no capacity limits for the park however several hygiene and physical distancing measures will remain in place to ensure the safety of patrons.
Physical distancing markers have been installed in shopfront areas, hand sanitiser stations have been added and keeper talks along with large group visits will be temporarily on hold when the park reopens.
With a predominant casual and volunteer staff base the facility was greatly impacted by reduced personnel with permanent staff at the facility focused on animal care.
Recent easing of restrictions has allowed volunteers to return and assist with the maintenance in preparation for reopening.
The existing Wildside Café will not be reopening at this stage, however the community will still be able to purchase light snacks and drinks when visiting the park.
Staff will be coordinating virtual keeper talks and online competitions over the school holiday period while the facility remains closed.