Wildlife Wonders on track to open mid-2020!

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Unique ecotourism experience and social enterprise Wildlife Wonders, based in Marengo, is on track to open mid-2020.

Once open, Wildlife Wonders will welcome visitors to explore a spectacular bushland environment overlooking the ocean.

Accompanied by a conservation guide, visitors will encounter the wondrous wildlife of the Otways living freely within the protected habitat area and learn about their ecology and conservation at a themed Field Research Base. A visitor centre will provide a café, shop and visitor facilities.

With a spectacular site to start with, work has been undertaken to begin significant habitat restoration to restore the forests and grasslands to their natural state.

Vast thickets of blackberry have been removed and thousands of local indigenous trees, ferns, grasses and shrubs have been planted. An old dam has been restored and a creek will provide a natural water source for the resident wildlife.

There are world class walking paths to ensure people of all abilities can explore this magical place.

Fence construction is underway to create a safe environment for wildlife, protecting them from introduced predators, such as foxes and cats. Once the fence has been completed, wildlife including threatened species such as the Long-nosed Potoroo will be introduced to the site.

The Wildlife Wonders visitor experience is designed by Brian Massey - Greensmaster of 'The Lord of the Rings' and Art Director of 'The Hobbit' films and Landscape Designer of the successful NZ tourism attraction 'Hobbiton'.

Wildlife Wonders creates extraordinary opportunities and benefits for the Great Ocean Road and Otway region. It will generate much-needed employment opportunities for the community and benefit the Otways’ unique biodiversity by generating the vital funds needed to support the ongoing work of the Conservation Ecology Centre.

The project has been generously supported with a $2 million grant from the Commonwealth Government and $1.5 million grant from the Victorian Government.

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The Conservation Ecology Centre combines innovative research with practical land management to develop and deliver solutions to the most urgent conservation challenges in the Otway region.

They partner with public and private land managers, NGOs, traditional owners, research institutions and community to bring about real change in flora and fauna conservation, through generating knowledge to nurture the landscape and through on-ground action.

The Conservation Ecology Centre’s first ecotourism social enterprise, The Great Ocean Ecolodge, recently celebrated its 15th year of operation.

The Conservation Ecology Centre and Wildlife Wonders are both independent charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

They welcome support from private individuals, businesses and philanthropic organisations, as well as commercial partnerships, to continue growing our capacity to protect our local flora and fauna and create sustainable jobs. To learn more please contact lizzie@conservationecologycentre.org