When Kookaburra Kids received an invitation to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s favourite native animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park, it didn’t take too much convincing to put this fun activity day on the school holiday calendar. And, we were blessed with an absolutely beautiful day!

Our host Louie, couldn’t have been more welcoming as he took around 30 Kookaburra Kids and staff along with 15 Corporate ANZ volunteers into his Educational burrow and introduced us all to six very special animals. There were a few very knowledgeable kids in the audience, answering questions about some of Australia’s favourite fauna and everyone had a pat of these creatures as Louie introduced them to the crowd. Well mostly everyone – the kids proved a tad more brave than some of the adults, a few of which didn’t dare touch the snake or shingleback lizard and also balked at the cute bilby and tawny frogmouth bird (not to be confused with an owl). Of course, Cleo the Koala was amongst the most popular, with everyone wanting a pat or a photo with her – not so the snappy little crocodile – thank goodness his mouth was taped shut.

Once our introductory lesson with Louie was over, the kids were sorted into groups and went off to explore and enjoy all the park had on offer. Our fabulous ANZ volunteers and Kookaburra Kids staff accompanied the kids throughout the park where there were wombats, kangaroos and wallabies, a farmyard zoo, huge crocodiles and of course, everyone’s favourite laughing bird, the Kookaburra!

The kids then enjoyed a scrumptious lunch of sausage sandwiches and salad cooked personally by Louie himself. Kookaburra Kids is very grateful for the generosity of Featherdale Wildlife Park for inviting the entire group there for the day. And a big thanks to our corporate volunteers for also taking the time out of their day to assist with the supervision of our kids. It is this type of support that enables us to provide special outings for our Kookaburra Kids, allowing them to just be kids for the day.

Big thanks to Louie and the team at Featherdale Wildlife Park and many thanks to ANZ.