Love is Fur-ever at Featherdale Wildlife Park
The animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park are testament to the fact that love really can last a lifetime.
As the world celebrates Valentine's Day on February 14th, Featherdale's inhabitants don't require a special day to demonstrate their passion for one another - many of the species rekindle their love annually, performing a courtship each year ahead of mating season.
In the wild, Little Penguins renew the bond and return to the same burrow each year which will undergo 'renovation' it if it is not too badly damaged. Each parent then takes turns incubating the egg and hunting for food once the chick has hatched.
Brolgas, one of Australia's largest bird species, strengthen their bond each year and are renowned for their graceful courtship dance which involves loud trumpeting calls and prancing around one another with wings outstretched. Brolgas also take turns incubating the eggs and raising the chicks once hatched.
Featherdale is home to many species of Birds of Prey including the Wedge-tailed Eagle. A breeding pair will often mate for life and live in the one area all year round, fiercely defending their territory from the intrusion of other birds. Their courtship ritual involves a magnificent aerial acrobatics display. Both parents will work together to build their love nest, incubate the eggs and raise the chicks.
The following promotion is running in the lead up to Valentine's day;
Featherdale Wildlife Park's young Koalas, 16 month old Archer and 11 month old Aria, live together in the Koala Sanctuary. The pair were introduced just over a month ago and are now inseparable. Featherdale is offering a chance to win a VIP guided tour for two, including a meet and greet with Archer. For details, visit www.featherdale.com.au/valentines and help Archer come up with the perfect way to spend Valentine's Day with Aria. Entries close at 5pm on February 13. The winner will be notified by email.