Professor Sprout visits Featherdale
21st April, 2015
Miriam Margolyes, the legendary English actor who is best known for her role in the Harry Potter films, made a special appearance at Featherdale Wildlife Park during the Easter school holidays.
She appeared in her new role as ambassador for the Nature Conservation Trust of New South Wales (NCT) to support its campaign to protect the threatened tiger quoll.
Margolyes’ long-held interest in wildlife protection has now extended to her private life where she has engaged the Nature Conservation Trust to place a conservation agreement on her property in the Southern Highlands.
“I was thrilled that the Nature Conservation Trust team was able to inspect my property and sort out the arrangements even though I was overseas at the time. I hope other property owners will follow suit to assist us in protecting Australia’s magnificent species and their habitats.”
The NCT is a not- for- profit that works with private landholders to protect the environmental and cultural values on their land. It does this by applying an in-perpetuity conservation agreement.
NCT CEO, Gary Wells commented that Miriam was not only excited to be able to create a protected habitat on her own property but also to be a voice for some of the species that are threatened.
“Our current campaign aims to increase the area of habitat protecting the tiger quoll which is the largest carnivorous marsupial on the Australian mainland. With 59% of all native mammals in New South Wales now listed as threatened with extinction, it is important to do all we can to protect these animals, particularly on private land which accounts for 90% of the land in the state, “Mr Wells said.
As part of the campaign Margolyes, who is touring Australia in her new one-woman show, The Importance of Being Miriam. Visitors were thrilled to meet Miriam, Quentin the Quoll, and get up close and personal with the quolls at Featherdale.
She was joined by noted quoll researcher and expert, Andrew Claridge, who has been studying quolls for over 20 years to understand their habits.