Reptile Park Goes Into Homes
By Dallas Sherringham
When the Central Coast’s biggest tourist business, the Australian Reptile Park, was suddenly closed due to the Covid19 regulations, they came up with an innovative way to stay in the public domain.
If the people couldn’t come to the park to see the animals, why not take the animals into the people’s homes?
So, the Reptile Park is now bringing their animals to your lounge room “virtually”.
While children are home-schooling, parents are working from home and people are being asked to self-isolate, keepers are still hard at work feeding and looking after all the animals.
The award-winning wildlife sanctuary is making educational videos for school kids to assist parents who are now homeschooling their children.
The videos are called 'Animal Tales With Tim Faulkner' and feature Tim Faulkner as the host. Tim has previously been named Australian Geographic’s Conservationist of the Year, hosted his own television series ‘Wild Life of Tim Faulkner’ and was one of the presenters on ‘Bondi Vet’.
The Australian Reptile Park is also be live-streaming zookeepers daily showcasing their favorite animals and answering viewer questions. This includes feeding Elvis, the massive saltwater crocodile, play time and cuddles with dingoes, feeding cuddly koalas and virtual tours of different areas within the Park.
A spokesperson said staff at the wildlife sanctuary were extremely excited to bring their animals into everyone’s loungerooms and “bring some smiles to those self-isolating”.
Mr Faulkner said that now, more than ever, he was hoping to connect people with wildlife.
“With so many people at home due to the current health situation happening around the world, we wanted to ensure we created a way that they could keep in touch with nature.”
“As a father myself, this is the kind of stuff I teach my kids about animals. I have consulted with teachers to ensure the educational videos we are making can assist teachers with the kids they still have in their classrooms and parents with their kids at home and align with curriculum.
“With the live-streams, we wanted to keep the world up-to-date with our incredible animals and the amazing work our keepers do – it never stops.”
Broadcasts are posted on Tim Faulkner’s Facebook, Instagram and the Australian Reptile Park’s YouTube Channel at 10am daily.
Australian Reptile Park Live Streams at 2pm daily on the Park’s Facebook, Instagram and TikTok pages.
The Australian Reptile Park and Tim Faulkner’s social media channels are leaders in the zoological industry when it comes to social media and have been connecting people with wildlife for years with more than two million followers across all platforms.
PICTURE: The Reptile Park's cutest little Koala critter on camera