By Asa Willie, Port Moresby 2015 Games News Service.
PORT MORESBY, July 6 2015 – Athletes at the Pacific Games will have the opportunity to spend their free time with the native animals of Papua New Guinea after the Games Organising Committee (GOC) gave out 3,800 tickets for tours at the Port Moresby Nature Park.
Hockey and boxing competitors from Vanuatu were among the first to visit, when their took an hour off from their training schedules to tour the park.
Curtis Fowler, the park’s Marketing and Communication Officer, said the Vanuatu visit was an enjoyable moment.
“They enjoyed bird watching, a touch of cultural display and craft and also took photos with the indigenous animals,” Fowler said.
PNG’s national bird, the raggiana bird of paradise, and hornbills like Games mascot Tura the Kokomo are among the creatures that reside at the park.
“There are more than 250 PNG native animals kept in the park, which includes 30 hectares of tropical garden and rainforest,” added Fowler.
PNG’s Tourism Promotion Authority has a stall in the Games Village to advertise the country and the nature park to the athletes.
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