David Fleay Wildlife Park 60th anniversary

4 Apr 2012 12:19 PMSusan Guthrie
David Fleay Wildlife Park 60th anniversary

In late 1951, after investigating around Brisbane and South East Queensland, David Fleay selected the Tallebudgera estuary as a suitable site for a fauna reserve. The attraction of the site was, according to Fleay, the flood-free forested slopes and gullies, a splendid run off, koala fodder gums with koalas in residence, and the presence of fish, mammals and birds.

 

David Fleay was known as ‘the father of conservation’ (photo one) and was considered one of Australia’s pioneering ‘snake men’. His research into taipan anti-venom began in the early 1950’s and led to the production of anti-venom from 1955 (photo two).

 

 

He went on to supply snake venom from the taipan, death adder, brown snake, tiger snake and many more for many years. The snakes felt at home in the Taipannery with eggs hatching in 1960, the first time ever in captivity (photo three).

 

 

Possibly David Fleay’s greatest achievement was the historic world-first captive breeding of a platypus at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, 1943.  Even though Fleay made several attempts to breed platypus at David Fleay Wildlife Park, Burleigh, he was ultimately unsuccessful. Photo four is the Platypusary constructed in 1958 at David Fleay Wildlife Park using the same design elements as those at Healesville Sanctuary.

 

 

In recognition of the quality and value of his research and breeding programs, Fleay was awarded an MBE in 1960, an AM and Advance Australia Award in 1980 and was appointed an Associate of the Queensland Museum in 1978. Much to his delight, in 1979 he was appointed a Fellow of the Explorers' Club in New York. Fleay's accolades continued in 1984 when he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Queensland and appointed a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

 

Photos kindly supplied by Steven J Fleay.

 

Geo-Nature Walks and Tours offer small group tours to experience and view our spectacular local wildlife in their natural surroundings.  

Tours may also visit the world-famous David Fleay Wildlife Park where you will see crocodiles, platypus, snakes, tree kangaroos and more.

 

 

Friday the 13th of April 2012 will mark 60 years of the wildlife Park.  Below is a list of presentations on the day so come along and support one of the Gold Coast’s oldest Icons.

 

 

Presentations

9.15 am

Duck Feeding

Map Ref 6

 

 

 

9.30am

Snakes up Close

Theatre

 

 

10.00am

Cassowary Quest Keeper Talk

Cassowary Pathway

 

 

 

10.30am

Fur, Feathers and Scales

Theatre

 

 

 

10.30am

Cultural Demonstration 

Kauri Trees

 

 

10.45am

Indigenous Cultural Walk

Exit beside dingo

 

 

 

11.00am

Opening of Nature by Night

Nocturnal house

 

Discover many creatures of the night from miniature meat-eating marsupials and gliding possums. You can also see one of nature’s most unusual creatures, the platypus, feeding at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

 

 

 

11.00am

Forest Friends Puppet Show

Kauri Trees

 

 

12.00pm

Fur, Feathers and Scales

Theatre

 

 

 

12.00pm

Cultural Demonstration 

Kauri Trees

 

 

 

12.45pm

The Platypus and David Fleay

Theatre

 

A historical look at the pioneering work of David Fleay in the first ever captive breeding of the Platypus in 1943.

 

 

1.00pm

Estuarine Crocodile Talk

Map Ref 6

 

 

1.30pm

Snakes up Close

Theatre

 

 

1.45pm

Forest Friends Puppet Show

Kauri Trees

 

 

2.00pm

Indigenous Cultural Walk

Exit beside dingo

 

 

 

2.15pm

Tree-kangaroo Capers

Rainforest habitat

 

 

2.30am

Cassowary Quest Keeper Talk

Cassowary Pathway

 

 

2.30pm

Cultural Demonstration

Kauri Trees

 

 

 

3.00pm

Waterbird & Freshwater Crocodile Feeding

Moon Dam

 

 

All Day

Face-painting and children’s activities throughout the day!

Meet Professor Platypus, Bill the Bilby and Herbie the Ring-tail Possum!

 

 

 

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