Parndana Wildlife Park is situated on about 12 hectares of parkland near the town of Parndana in the centre of Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The Park is owned and operated by Russell and Shirley Ross and was opened in 1992. The Park is home to hundreds of birds and animals and is the largest wildlife park on Kangaroo Island (although there are a lot bigger native wildlife sanctuaries on the mainland).
Kangaroo Island Kangaroos (a subspecies of Western Grey Kangaroo) and wallabies roam in an open enclosure. The animals are friendly and you can enter the enclosure to pat and hand feed them. Kangaroo Food can be purchased at the shop. Emus also roam with the kangaroos in one enclosure.
Visitors can also enter the koala enclosure with a guide and have a photo taken touching a koala. You may also see visiting wild koalas in the Park trees. Animals at the Park include Tammar Wallabies, Echidnas, Swamp Wallabies, Bettongs, Potoroos, Fallow Deer, Red Kangaroos, Wombats, Crocodiles and domestic animals.
The Park receives injured and orphaned animals and often has young animals to care for. Visitors may get the opportunity to hold baby kangaroos, wallabies, possums or even a koala, depending on what animals are in care at the time.
Parndana has the largest collection of protected birds on Kangaroo Island, including parrots, hawks, eagles, owls, kookaburras, curlews and a collection of different cockatoo species including Yellow-tailed and Red-tailed Black Cockatoos. The Walk-through Aviary has numerous birds such as finches, doves and quail, and is well vegetated with lots of plants. You can observe the birds from a raised viewing platform.
The Park shop sells souvenirs, drinks and ice creams. You can bring your own lunch or picnic – barbecues and undercover eating area are at the Park. The site is wheelchair accessible with level walkways. Public toilets have disabled access.
Parndana Wildlife Park is located on Playford Highway, near Parndana. The Park is open from 9am to 5pm every day of the year.