More photos from the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park!
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 post will probably be the last in this year’s Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park series.
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.
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.
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 likes to visit the gift shop at the Visitor Centre (door to the left).