Zambi Wildlife Retreat
Love the thought of getting up close to a top-of-the-food-chain predator? Watching the twitch of a tail, or listening to the rasp of a rough tongue on fur?
You can experience that, and more, at Zambi Wildlife Retreat, set on 20 hectares in Wallacia in western Sydney.
The retreat is the work of the Zambi Wildlife Foundation, an animal welfare charity established in 2012, whose main focus is caring for exotic animals retired from the circus and entertainment industries. Its vision includes creating a safe home for all species that need one, including domestic, farm and native animals – everything from primates and meerkats to parrots and wolfdogs.
Translated, that means Zambi’s big cats – including lions, tigers and a puma – are the headline attraction, but you can also encounter a wide range of other animals, from dingoes to marmosets.
Opt for one of the special experiences, perhaps getting cosy with a meerkat or hand-feeding a tiger.
Visits are by appointment only.
A quiet space is available at the venue/ facility
Actively welcomes people with access needs.
Advise tour guides of the access needs of guests at the time of booking (includes pick up and drop off requirements)
Ask all visitors if there are any specific needs to be met
Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss
Caters for people who use a wheelchair.
Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
Have a wheelchair accessible toilet / shower and change room
Have an accessible public toilet which is unlocked
Have grab rails in the bathroom
Have step free outdoor pathways (includes picnic areas, barbecues and shelters)
Have wheelchair accessible picnic tables (picnic tables require 720mm knee clearance and 800mm maximum height)
Offer multiple options for booking - web, email, phone
Provide assistance with booking arrangements (includes providing clear itineraries with written instructions on what to do at various destinations)
Provide seating in common areas including reception area
Staff are trained in Auslan
Use floors/coverings which are slip resistant, firm and smooth
Use non-slip tiles in the bathroom or slip resistant matting
Use Plain English / easy read signage and information (includes menus and emergency information)
Website meets WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards
Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)