The Australian wildlife community is in mourning following news of the tragic passing of Margaret Kubbere,who helped build and establish the iconic Featherdale Wildlife Park with her husband Bruce over 50 years ago.
Built on what was originally a poultry farm owned by her family, Margaret and Bruce opened Featherdale in 1972 with a focus on the conservation of native flora and fauna, educating everyone from local school children to international visitors about the amazing and unique animals and plants that inhabit our diverse natural landscapes.
It also made a name for itself due to the unique way visitors were able to interact with the wildlife, from feeding the Kangaroos and Wallabies to getting a photo taken with a Koala.
Despite the arrival of the nearby Sydney Zoo in 2019 and the impacts of Covid on international tourism soon after, Featherdale has remained a constant feature of Western Sydney tourism, attracting nearly half a million annual visitors to its Doonside location and still thriving today. It's even been a regular stop for Hollywood guests, with the likes of Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani, Robert DeNiro and more.
You can purchase tickets to Featherdale by visiting their website.