Looking back on 14 years at the Macadamia Castle, Tony Gilding says the important things to him were the conservation of the animals and the development of staff.
‘The highlights have been watching young people come in as assistant teachers and trainees and then moving on in their careers going into other animal parks or staying to learn more here,’ says Tony. ‘That’s the same in the kitchen and retail – the graduation and progression of the people has been great.’
‘Getting a koala was obviously a major highlight – any animal park wants to have a koala and they are not easy to look after. They require a lot of peace and you have to have access to about 1,000 trees for them to eat from, they are very fussy eaters.’
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Photo Jeff Dawson.