What the locals say: Kira McBeath

As curator of the Botanic Gardens Zoo and Aviary, Kira gets to work where everyone else is at play.

Every day is different and she gets to know the animals’ personalities quite well – from who likes pumpkin the most (piglets), who are the cheekiest (the donkeys) and who can sometimes be the grumpiest (the emus).

“I grew up in Wagga and after moving around a bit, I returned,” said Kira. “It’s just an easy going place to live and work, where you can have plenty of time to catch up with family and friends.”

Kira’s top five things to do in Wagga Wagga + Surrounds:

  1. Botanic Gardens Zoo: Of course, the zoo is number one for me, and I see so many people come and enjoy meeting the animals.
  2. Movies and ten-pin bowling: I love getting together with friends to have a night at the movies (preferably a good horror movie) then wandering next door to for a game or two of ten-pin bowling.
  3. Lake Albert sunsets and sunrises: Walking around the lake to start or finish your day has the added bonus of the show created by spectacular sunrises and sunsets. I take the dogs for a walk and soak it all up.
  4. Noah’s Ark: I enjoy a bit of aunty time by taking my nieces to Noah’s Ark play centre – rain, hail or shine, we can go in there run around like crazy and have a great time.
  5. Jubilee Park: I spent a lot of time here growing up as I played hockey. It’s a great ground.

First published: 21 Dec 2017.


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