Chris Humfrey with headkeeper Vicki McPaul

Chris Humfrey with headkeeper Vicki McPaul

Local wildlife sanctuary, Potoroo Palace recently played host to Chris Humfrey of Wild Action Zoo fame. Chris has his own popular television series featuring many native animals from his private zoo facility in Macedon, Victoria where he breeds many rare and endangered species and operates a mobile zoo, educating well over 250,000 school children a year!
He arrived with his cameraman and producer for an early 7am breakfast hosted by one of the Palace’s five directors, Peter Nicholson. It was soon evident that this day was to unfold at show business pace as a large part of the day was soon spent filming numerous animals and in particular the quolls “Humfrey” and “Christina” whom had been given to Potoroo Palace by Chris a short time ago.
He was very interested in the resident flying-foxes and has had a lot of contact with the wild colony in Melbourne. He met “Mary” the 97 year- old Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, “Evie” the Diamond Python and was enchanted by “Luna” the albino echidna. He spent a long time filming and handling the latter. He had fascinating dialogue with “Chuff” the super intelligent white-winged chough. Chuff’s eyes went bright red with excitement whilst doing his special dance.
Chris has a way of jumping in front of the camera with great enthusiasm, which readily engages children of all ages. His desire to educate people about the amazing biodiversity in Australia is a common bond shared with Potoroo Palace.
“All of my animals have a name and an amazing story…just like Potoroo Palace” Chris says. “ I think people forget that human beings are animals too. If we can’t save animals and the environment which we all share, we can’t save ourselves. It’s as simple as that! How can you save something, when you have no idea what it is, or where it lives or what ecological role it plays? Potoroo Palace is a fantastic place to visit and learn in a fun and interactive manner.”
Both the producer and Chris intend to come back and visit again bringing their family members with them for yet more pleasure but less of the business next time and they will be most welcome by all the staff and animals of Potoroo Palace.