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Ipswich Nature Centre animals can’t wait to see you

Even though members of the public cannot pat Dexter due to COVID-19 restrictions, Ipswich Nature Centre leading hand Tara Snowling has been keeping him company

The animals at the Ipswich Nature Centre are missing their adoring public.

The emu has been hanging out at the fence, the cow stands near his brush waiting to be patted and staff have been taking their smoko break inside the dingo enclosure to keep them company.

The Ipswich Nature Centre has reopened to visitors with numbers limited to allow for the approved social distancing requirements.

Employees are excited to be able to reconnect the community with the animals after ramping up their imaginations to find ideas of how to entertain the animals and provide extra enrichment.

The dingoes have been going on daily walks and playing games and Dexter the cow has been receiving daily massages and brushings and the kangaroos have been encouraged to forage by finding treats in large cardboard boxes.

Small group visits are available to be booked through Discover Ipswich during the current school holidays.

Extra hand sanitisers have been placed throughout the zoo and extra cleaning of high touch areas has been implemented.

There is also additional signage to remind people that social distancing is required while visiting the centre.

There will be a form at the front gate that will need to be filled out upon arrival requesting names and phone numbers for contact tracing purposes.

The Ipswich Nature Centre is prepared to play its role in helping Ipswich residents as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Visiting the zoo in Queens Park allows visitors to reconnect with nature, keep their children active and engaged and learn about Australia’s native animals.

If you are unwell do not visit until you are well again.

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Ipswich Nature Centre is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30am to 4pm.

Entry is free but gold coin donations are accepted. As you leave, there is a box on the fence.

Ipswich Nature Centre is in Queens Park on Goleby Avenue, Ipswich.

The centre has a range of Australian wildlife, lush landscaped gardens and
exhibits that have been recreated to represent local bushland and flora communities.

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