Nature Park celebrates its 100,000 student

The Port Moresby Nature Park recently received its one-hundred-thousandth student for the Port Moresby Nature Park School’s Excursion Program, which commenced in 2012.

General Manager for Nature Park, Michelle McGeorge, said: “Our 100,000 school student marks another significant milestone in particular for our education department who dedicate themselves to educating the next generation in biology and conservation.

“It is always a delight to see young faces light up when they come to the Park to learn about animals and plants.

“We have more than 550 unique native animal at the park and run educational programs for each grade level as well as our popular themed programs that include ‘Wild for Wildlife’, ‘Environment and Me’, ‘Culture Connects’ and ‘Beasts with Bite’,” McGeorge said.

She stated the Park has grown in size and its visitors increased over the last seven years since it changed from the Botanical Gardens to the Port Moresby Nature Park with over 830,000 people having now visited the park.  

McGeorge added: “We are also the only Pacific Island Member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association of Australasia and the only institute in the Pacific to hold International Welfare Accreditation, which we received in 2018 and was eight years in the planning as we have been rebuilding the Nature Park. 

“We are also members of the Australasian Society of Zoo Keepers (ASZK) and International Zoo Educators Association (IZE).

“We have achieved a lot in these short seven years through our partners and sponsors and we can do much more through the continued support of businesses, donors, in-kind donations and through partnerships.”

Press release