A group of five Australian marsupial breeds have moved into the Bunbury Wildlife Park.
The park’s new residents, a contingent of tammar wallabies, potoroos, pademelons, woylies (also known as brush-tailed bettongs) and sugar gliders, have spent the past few months settling into Bunbury and adjusting to the cooler climate after making the journey down from the Malcolm Douglas Wildlife Park in Broome.
The marsupials join other recent additions to the park, including swans, a swamp wallaby and more than 60 other varieties of animals.
The park officially opened its new wetland exhibit yesterday — a natural billabong with a big pond, waterfall and landscaping — and welcomed the new residents.
The exhibit is expected to become a core feature of the popular tourist attraction and is part of a wider makeover of the park that includes a revamp of the kiosk and a move to more paid staff.
Park manager Kristina Knight said she could not be happier to welcome the animals to their new home.
‘‘They are a wonderful addition to our existing swamp wallaby, kangaroos and wombat and will be a great boost to the diversity of animals we have on display,’’ she said.
The new animals will be housed in existing enclosures until purposebuilt exhibits can be created in the next few years, with the park seeking corporate sponsorship to help speed up the process.The park was renamed the Bunbury Wildlife Park recently after operating 25 years under the banner of the Big Swamp Wildlife Park.