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Bannamah Wildlife Park, Dunsborough, WA (CLOSED) 1970-2002?

Does anyone have any memories, photots, info about this old Widlife Park

Bannamah Wildlife Park, Dunsborough, WA (CLOSED) 1970-2002?
steveroberts, 12 Oct 2016
    • steveroberts
      Does anyone have any memories, photots, info about this old Widlife Park
    • steveroberts
      Quoted from page number 17 from report posted below

      Taken from page.17 of this article: https://www.water.wa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/3278/82292.pdf

      '' In 1970 Aubrey and Cath Chugg opened the Banamah
      Wildlife Park on the banks of the Dugulup Brook; at one
      stage the largest private wildlife park in Western
      Australia. The park housed more than 40 species of
      animals including kangaroos, wallabies, quendas,
      quokkas, eagles, owls, a variety of small birds as well as
      tammars, deer, fox, camel, guinea pigs, possums and
      donkeys. One such resident of the park was a large
      wedge tailed eagle named ‘Tom’ who became famous as
      the subject of a petition of 27,000 people to save his life
      from vermin protectors in Albany. The petition was
      successful in preventing his destruction and while Tom
      was not granted complete freedom, he lived for the rest
      of his days in the park. The park has since closed and
      the only commercial use of the property is a garden
      nursery occupying a small corner.''

      I visited three times 1995, 1998 and 1999. I also remember at least two Dingos, an Indian Ringnecked Vulture if I recall correct, a group of Freshwater Crocodile, at least one Western Tiger Snake and one other snake species (can't remember, maybe a python species), a species of Goanna, and I remember a few Ostriches on the final visit. It was nice to find out that the beautiful Eagle I remember from my childhood visits was probably Tom from abouve mentioned. I remember that the camel's name was Bluey as I asked a staff member on my last visit.

      Would love to hear anyone else's memories or thoughts about this place as its hard to find information online about it now that it is long closed and long forgotten it seems. As it had more than 40 years of history and was located in a popular summer holidaying area and seemed to provide the Bussselton/Dunsborough catchment area's families of at least a couple of generations with a fairly decent animal park i doubt i'd be the only former Perthite (Perth resident) to have recollections about this place.

      p.s The 'Country Life Farm' still runs next door and opened in 1998? so shared a neighbouring fence with Bannamah for at least 3 years? plus Quindalup Fauna Park (which i've never visited) is not far away and would be interested to hear about. Anyway peace out :)
    • steveroberts
      Was actually opened 18th October 1968
    • steveroberts
      Opened to the public in December 1970 by guest Harry Butler
    • jim hill
      @steveroberts I was a keeper there from approx 1983-1988.
      I worked under Head Keepers Des Hume, then Peter Tootle.
      I eventually worked alongside Wayne Evans, the owners son.
      When Bob Evans (owner) sold the park about 1988, I was let go.
      Although the pay was poor, it remains to this day one of my fondest working memories.
    • steveroberts
      @jim hill Hi Jim sorry for the very late reply but I didnt get a notification for your message. That is awesome I use to love visiting Bannamah in the 1990s. I was wondering if you could tell me what species were kept there during your time there as keeper. I always assumed Tom the Wedge-Tailed Eagle was there since the 1970s right up to the closure in February 2002 and I always wanted to know if Bluey the Camel was there in the 1980s aswell as the Koalas, Freshwater Crocodiles, Goannas, and Indian Vulture species that I recall from mid 1990s. Again thanks for the post.
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