Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is a lovely place to visit, with its large grounds, sense of quiet, and the opportunity to mingle with some of its native and farmyard/domestic animal collections.
For some years the property had been in danger of being swallowed up by a Rockla sand quarry project, but in December 2015 the wildlife park won its case and is now expected to remain in existence for a good while.
Some changes have taken place — the parrot tours have been stopped due to a lack of rangers comfortable with handling the birds (some of which are quite aggressive, having been rescued from abusive situations) and the quoll has died of cancer. There are now two wombats, Ally and Hippo.
So here are some of the photos from the latest trip.
This is Ally (Common wombat, Vombatus ursinus), the wildlife park’s first wombat. When I first met her in 2009, her enclosure was twice its current size and she had a burrow right in the middle of it. There were very few visitors around so the ranger allowed me into the enclosure for the wombat talk. He enticed Ally out by patting the sides of the burrow and offering some pieces of sweetcorn. She exited the burrow backwards, as wombats do.
Ally’s enclosure is still pretty sizeable now.
This is Hippo the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons). He joined the wildlife park some time between August 2015 and July 2016.
You can’t see it from this angle, but Hippo has dug a new burrow more than 2m deep under the left side of the concrete pipe in a single night.
This is one of two unusually light-coloured dingoes that I first met in 2009, when a ranger took them out for a walk. Their enclosure is very large, with trees, grass and a raised platform from which to look out at the world.
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park #1: Quoll and Devils
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park #2: The Birds
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park #3: Roos
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park #4: Koalas and Echidna
Date: 14 July 2016
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Pentax smc DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM
Ambient light only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.
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