By Meriba Tulo – EMTV News, Port Moresby
For many families in the capital, Port Moresby Nature Park provides an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
With its collection of flora and fauna, the Natura Park, has in recent years, worked to improve its offerings to the public.
And with the world’s focus on PNG in this APEC Year, Nature Park has used this opportunity to promote one of the country’s national emblems – the Bird of Paradise.
This week, a few corporate supporters were on hand for the official launch of the Park’s newest facility – the Bird of Paradise Aviary – The structure, is to be built at a cost of K700,000.
According to General Manager, Michelle McGeorge, the “Pathway To Paradise” is an exciting venture, as its showcases the country’s national emblem – which is held in high regard across the world.
“This project has been a labour of love and we have been very fortunate to have a number of organisations join us on this journey. Sponsors include Peddle Thorp who assisted in formalising conceptual designs into drawings; ExxonMobil, PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, British American Tobacco and MDF who all contributed financially. Steel Industries are providing the steel and Red Sea Housing are generously donating their time to build the facility.”
The Pathway To Paradise is expected to open in July.
But that is not all – with the Nature Park to also reveal its new reptile enclosure in May – which according to McGeorge, will be a hit with children.
With all these developments taking place, the Nature Park is also embarking on its Membership Drive, which comes with added benefits.