How light and sound shows can harm nocturnal animals

9 Feb 2024
Owls sitting in a tree
Powerful owls roost in The Briars. Pictured: A powerful owl bringing a possum home to feed its chicks. Image: Chris Charles/Unsplash

Light and sound shows in parks can enthral crowds with their colour, music and storytelling. Lasting for weeks to months, the shows provide entertainment and can boost local economies. But unless they are well-located, the shows can also harm wildlife.

A planned production at a wildlife sanctuary in outer Melbourne has brought these concerns to the fore. In April and May this year, a wildlife reserve on the Mornington Peninsula will host Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience. The event involves a two-kilometre night walk where, according to organisers, characters from the film are “brought to life”.

Read the full story via The Conversation