Across the millennia, the animals in our care have evolved into their current manifestations. Our personal evolution can be much faster and more obvious. That’s because we have the power to construct change. We construct our environment and we construct ourselves.
Twelve years ago, Peel Zoo, in Western Australia, was a derelict bird park. Today it is a ‘bucket list’ tourism destination, as defined by Experience Oz (www.experienceoz.com.au). With a little construction, and under the governance of Narelle MacPherson and David Cobbold, the bird park evolved into a Zoo. In unison, Narelle and David evolved into Zoo owners.
Forty eight years ago, Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, in the Adelaide Hills, was a dairy. With a lot of construction, and the complete dedication of Dr John Wamsley and Proo Geddes, the dairy evolved into a world renowned Sanctuary. During the same period, John, in particular, transformed into a somewhat polarising national treasure.
Unfortunately, as we all know, sometimes evolution ends with extinction. That was so nearly the case with Warrawong. After 44 years of operation, it closed in 2013.
Fortunately, closure did not equate to extinction. It was merely a case of not being sighted for a while. That is, Warrawong was alive; just not seen by the public. However, that is about to change.
The evolution of Peel Zoo enabled Narelle and David to buy Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary on January 6, 2017. The Sanctuary will be completely rejuvenated for all to enjoy. Mind you, that will take about a year.
Just as John and Proo were completely dedicated to Warrawong, so it must be for Narelle and David. That is why they are selling Peel Zoo. That chapter of personal evolution is the platform for the next, as Zoo owners morph into Sanctuary owners.
With Warrawong saved from extinction and rapid evolution at hand, now is the time for someone else to take the reins at Peel Zoo. Please contact David (0400 788 289) if you are interested in building yourself into a Zoo owner.
To follow the evolution of Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, simply connect with us through the website: warrawongws.com.au
David Cobbold, Director, Peel Zoo and Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary