The Ballarat Wildlife Park is the brainchild and dream of Mr Greg Parker.
Greg moved to Ballarat in 1984 to open his own wildlife park based upon his love of Australian native animals and reptiles and his extensive experience in the zoo industry.
The decision to establish such a facility in Ballarat came as a result of extensive research into land space availability, proximity to other attractions and gaps in the regional market resulting in the current Ballarat East location.
Set upon 32 acres of woodland is a collection of Australian native animals and reptiles which have been chosen for their educational and conservation potential. The Reptile collection features over 200 snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodiles and frogs.
The Ballarat Wildlife Park is situated only five minutes from Sovereign Hill and is the only regional zoo of its kind on such a large scale.
Co-operation on many levels has been one of the keys to the success of The Ballarat Wildlife Park over the years. Greg and his staff have worked hard to establish themselves as professionals in the tourism and zoological fields. Extensive networks with other accredited zoos and tourism operators have been nurtured and maintained to ensure that the Ballarat Wildlife Park is placed as a leader in its field.
Greg's dedication to excellence, education and conservation have seen the Ballarat Wildlife Park progress from a small to a significant sized attraction with substantial national and international appeal.
The result is one of Ballarat's primary tourist attractions offering a wildlife experience appealing to domestic and international visitors alike.