By Featherdale Wildlife Park
While most of us spend Mother’s Day spoiling our mums, a handful of furry mothers at Featherdale Wildlife Park are spending the occasion nurturing tiny newborn babies in their pouches.
The koalas have recently birthed their jellybean-sized young, which will spend the next several months developing in the warmth and safety of the pouch before popping their heads out in the spring.
Likewise, the wallabies and kangaroos have been busy attending to their pouch-bound offspring and visitors to the park can try their luck catching a glimpse of the joeys as they start to become more visible.
A mother’s work is not necessarily easy at Featherdale, with different species giving birth under sometimes challenging circumstances.
The ghost bats and grey-headed flying fox have to give birth to their babies while hanging upside down. They fold their babies up in their wings to ensure they don’t drop them for the first day or so until the baby is strong enough to hold on tightly by itself.
And reptile mothers barely get a chance to see their babies once they have delivered: they can give birth to up to 30 eggs or live babies which are all ready to go out into the big wide world the minute they are born.
Visitors to Featherdale can also wish two of the baby koalas, Caesar and Chester, a happy birthday – the pair have just celebrated their first birthday with a delicious feast of their favourite meal, eucalyptus leaves.
All mums who visit Featherdale Wildlife Park this Mother’s Day, Sunday May 10, will be treated to a special gift pack.
Featherdale Wildlife Park is open 9am to 5pm every day. Normal opening times and entry rates apply to all public holidays. www.featherdale.com.au
Featherdale Wildlife Park is set on seven acres of land in Doonside in Sydney’s west and is open 9am to 5pm daily. The Park is owned by Elanor Investors Group. Through innovation, Featherdale has developed into one of Australia’s finest tourist attractions in Greater Western Sydney and has played an important part in the growth of tourism, not only in the immediate region, but the whole of NSW and Australia. Featherdale has a commitment to animal and environmental education. The Wildlife Education Program is well established and very successful including the Learning Burrow open-air amphitheatre with seating for up to 90 students and the Wildlife Wanderer mobile education program.