Hang Out at Critters Conservation Centre!

27 May 2019

The Critters Conservation Centre is an engaging, exciting and educational new experience that has crawled into Mandurah Forum!

The engaging, exciting and educational experience encourages an awareness of the environment, and Western Australia’s unique flora and fauna, through a captivating program of activities for young, budding conservationists.

Sessions include:

  • All Abilities sessions – For members of the community of all abilities and ages with reduced noise and smaller groups;
  • Little Critter sessions – For those aged 0-5 introducing them to using their senses to learn about critters and the environment;
  • Junior Critter Conservationist Club – For kids aged 6-12, a four-week program learning about different groups of critters each week;
  • Critters for Curriculum – For school excursions and student learning;
  • Critter Presenter for a Day – For ages 13-17, a one-on-one mentoring program for those with special wildlife interests;
  • Critter Crazy Parties – For all ages and abilities, birthday parties, team building, Christmas parties and more. Small group experience and close-up wildlife education;
  • General Entry – For all ages. General entry to see the critters and meet the wildlife experts for interactive education about WA’s flora and fauna.

TO MAKE A BOOKING VISIT WWW.CRITTERSUPCLOSE.COM.AU

Location: Mandurah Forum, near Target.

Opening days: Now Open! Open 7 days during the school holidays, and Wednesday-Sunday during WA school terms.

Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday - CLOSED; Wednesday to Saturday open 9am-5.30pm; Thursdays open 9am-6.30pm; Sundays open 10am-5pm. Note, some sessions are by appointment only. Please see the Critters Conservation Centre schedule available at www.crittersupclose.com.au for more information.

Cost: Tickets start at $5 per person.

The Critters Conservation Centre is the brain child of much-loved mobile wildlife education hub Critters Up Close. Founder and local wildlife warrior Michael Smith has a keen passion to inspire future generations to preserve the environment for native animals to thrive.

A first in Western Australia, the events and programs at Mandurah Forum’s Critters Conservation Centre will enable parents to shop, dine or run errands at the centre while their aspiring Critter Conservationists participate in hands-on educational experiences under the guidance and supervision of environmental education professionals.

Michael Smith is a warmly regarded Meadow Springs resident who left his army career more than six years ago to pursue his passion for native wildlife conservation. He established Critters Up Close to provide educational experiences that inspired people to respect and protect our natural environment.

Stay tuned to the Mandurah Forum News for updates.

If you have any questions, please see the FAQs or contact Mandurah Forum Customer Service Desk on 08 9535 5522.

 

Critters Conservation Centre FAQs

Q: What is the Critters Conservation Centre?

A: The Critters Conservation Centre at Mandurah Forum is an interactive, informative and educational space with environmental experiences created for children of all ages.

Q: When is the Critters Conservation Centre at Mandurah Forum opening?

A: Critters Conservation Centre officially opened to the public on Saturday 13 July 2019.

Q: Where will the Critters Conservation Centre be? What is the closest entrance to the Centre?

A: Critters Conservation Centre is located at near Target, best accessed via the rooftop entrance for Coles and Target. The carpark is located off Pinjarra Road and Clarice Street, with ACROD and Parents With Prams bays available.

Q: What hours will the Critters Conservation Centre at Mandurah Forum be open between?

A: Critters Conservation Centre opening hours are Monday and Tuesday - CLOSED; Wednesday to Saturday open 9am-5.30pm; Thursdays open 9am-6.30pm; Sundays open 10am-5pm. Note, some sessions are by appointment only.

Q: How long is the Critters Conservation Centre running for?

A: Critters Conservation Centre is a long-term program being offered by Critters Up Close and Mandurah Forum.

Q: How much will it cost to go to the Critters Conservation Centre?

A: Tickets start at $5 per person.

Q: Do I need to buy tickets?

A: Tickets are available from  www.crittersupclose.com.au. Bookings are recommended but not necessary after 13 July.

Q: Who is running the Critters Conservation Centre?

A: Critters Conservation Centre at Mandurah Forum is run by Critters Up Close founder and local wildlife warrior Michael Smith, whose passion is to inspire future generations to preserve the environment for native animals to thrive. Michael has a team of environment and wildlife professionals to ensure a great educational experience for all visitors and, of course, make sure all critters are well looked after.

Q: What is the purpose of Critters Conservation Centre?

A: The Critters Conservation Centre at Mandurah Forum provides interactive, educational experiences for all members of the community. It is an opportunity for locals and visitors from abroad to learn about Western Australia’s amazing biodiversity in a safe, controlled and comfortable environment. Through these learning experiences, children and adults will be equipped with additional knowledge to make positive environmental change.

Q: What kinds of animals will be in the Critters Conservation Centre?

A: Critters Conservation Centre will be home to a number of land and water species including birds, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates. You can expect to see a slightly different collection of critters each visit, with animals living off-site and making appearances for specific educational programs.

Q: How many animals will be in the Critters Conservation Centre?

A: On any given day, you can expect anywhere up to 20 animals to be part of your Critters Conservation Centre experience. There will also be a number of special visitors from time to time. While animals are a key part of the Critters Conservation Centre, there will be plenty of things to see and do to learn more about botany and environmental science, making for a well-rounded nature experience.

Q: Can we touch the critters?

A: Critters Conservation Centre will offer hands-on interactions with some animals from time to time. These experiences are done only under controlled conditions, with the guidance of environmental educators, so as to not place any stress on our critters.

Q: Are there any age restrictions for going into Critters Conservation Centre?

A: No. All ages are welcome.

Q: Do the animals stay at Critters Conservation Centre overnight?

A: Some critters are more comfortable staying put, so a small number of animals will remain on-site overnight. However, most of the animals have cosy night quarters off-site.

Q: Do the animals ever get a break from being in front of people?

A: Just like you, the animals at Critters Conservation Centre like to spend some time on their own every now and then. Regular rest periods are strictly enforced to ensure the happiness of our critters.

Q: Where did Critters Conservation Centre’s animals come from?

A: Many of the animals at Critters Conservation Centre have been rescued by rangers and not-for-profit wildlife organisations having been injured or unwell. Unfortunately, these animals would not likely survive if they were released back into the wild and so we care for them. While you might see lots of different types of critters at Critters Conservation Centre, we ensure those that would not cope well with human interaction are kept comfortable at Critters HQ.

Q: Who looks after the critters?

A: All animals at Critters Conservation Centre have a team of environmental and wildlife professionals to care for them around the clock. They are well looked after, and we have easy and quick access to specialist vets in the region should any of our animals require extra care.

Q: Can I book a school excursion at Critters Conservation Centre?

A: Yes, you can! Critters for Curriculum are the Australian Curriculum linked experiences that will be offered at Critters Conservation Centre. To find out more about curriculum links and group sizes contact Michael at Critters Up Close. To find out more about services and dining offers at Mandurah Forum to assist with your school’s excursion plans please contact the Customer Service Desk.