One of Australia’s fastest growing animal parks, Symbio Wildlife Park just north of Wollongong, is preparing to welcome two rare Sumatran tigers to its exciting collection of animals and birds.
A pair of two-year-old cubs are due to take up temporary residence at the 6.4 hectare park in mid 2010, thanks in part to a $100,000 TQUAL grant made available under a Federal Government strategy to stimulate tourism growth.
“The money will enable us to build a proper enclosure to give the cubs everything they need to develop in a safe and secure environment” said park owner John Radnidge.
A former businessman, Mr Radnidge bought Symbio in 2000 and has spent several million dollars redeveloping it to include crocodiles and red pandas along with the native animals like koalas, kangaroos and emus that have been the park’s stock in trade since opening in 1975.
Mr Radnidge is delighted to have secured the two cubs from Auckland Zoo.
“Sumatran tigers are absolutely stunning animals. Sadly scientists say that in 10 years there won’t be one tiger left in the wild, so we’re very excited to be able to play a role in the conservation and breeding of this critically endangered creature.”
Tourism Wollongong general manager Greg Binskin said the tigers would add a whole new dimension not just to Symbio Wildlife Park but the whole region along Grand Pacific Drive.
“Being so close to Sydney and one of the most dramatically beautiful coastlines in Australia, we are ideally placed to provide visitors with a stunning holiday experience,” he said.In the Wollongong area visitors can see rare animals, walk across the rainforest canopy at the Illawarra Fly tree top walk, collect thrills and spills at NSW’s biggest theme park – Jamberoo Action Park – swim and surf at 17 patrolled beaches, walk or bike across the magnificent Sea Cliff Bridge or along a coastal cycle path, visit the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere, saddle up at Otford Farm Trail Rides, hang glide off a cliff at Bald Hill or enjoy a range of wonderful restaurants and hotels/B&Bs right along the coast.
Source = Tourism Wollongong