Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park #4: Koalas and Echidna

Monday, 17 August 2015

This post will probably be the last in this year’s Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park series.

A Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) enjoying a snack and a shower

A Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) enjoying a snack and a shower

During the afternoon koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) feeding session the older bunches of Eucalyptus leaves get swopped out and replaced with new. The new leaves are then sprayed with water to provide the koalas with a drink. The koalas don’t seem to mind the spray — with the eucalyptus oils in their fur they are pretty much waterproof.

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Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park #3: Roos

Sunday, 16 August 2015

The ‘roos at the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park are all wild and move freely throughout the park (with the exception of Hazel, who wears a collar). Please follow the safety instructions in the handouts you are given when you buy your ticket, as your actions may be interpreted as aggression/challenge and result in severe injury to you.

In short:
1. If a ‘roo moves away as you approach, leave it alone.
2. The safest place to touch a ‘roo is on the shoulders and back.
3. Don’t touch a ‘roo on the head, face or neck.
4. When a ‘roo scratches its stomach, don’t imitate it.
5. If a ‘roo hugs you, you may be in big trouble.
6. Don’t feed the ‘roos.

Tegan the Wallaroo -- I think

Tegan the Wallaroo — I think

Tegan likes to visit the gift shop at the Visitor Centre (door to the left).

Tegan the wallaroo (Macropus robustus)

Tegan the wallaroo (Macropus robustus)

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Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park #2: The Birds

Sunday, 9 August 2015

The Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park conducts ranger-led activities on a regular basis. Guests are allowed into one of the aviaries to meet a number of interestingly-named parrots. But first — here are the emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) and one of the peacocks.

Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

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Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park #1: Quoll and Devils

Wednesday, 5 August 2015
Spotted-tailed or Tiger Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus)

Spotted-tailed or Tiger Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus)

These photos are the result of a day trip to the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park.

Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii)

Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii)

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