Archive for the ‘Zoos and Sanctuaries’ Category

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Brighton, Tasmania

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (pronounced “Bon-a-rong” – Aboriginal meaning “Native Companion”) was established in 1981 as a sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife and is one of Tasmania’s most popular wildlife parks. At Bonorong you will see native animals which are extinct everywhere but Tasmania such as the famous Tassie devil, Tasmanian Bettong, Eastern Quoll and Tasmanian Pademelon. You will also see favourites like wombats, koalas, kangaroos, possums, lizards, native birds and so many more.

Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park, Taranna, Tasmania

The Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park is located in Taranna on Tasman Peninsula just over an hour from Hobart. Visitors to the park have the opportunity to see Tasmanian Devils up close. The Park opened in 1978 and was the first Tasmanian Devil centre in the world. One of the highlights of a visit to the Park is seeing the Tasmanian Devils being fed. They are quite aggressive as they growl and snarl and tear up the food, crushing the bones with their powerful teeth and jaws. The devils are fed three or four times a day, with feeding at 10am, 11am, 1.30pm and 5pm (4.30pm in winter). “Devils in the Dark” is a guided tour that starts at dusk, and gives you the opportunity to see the Tasmanian devils and other nocturnal animals at their most active. (Times for the nocturnal tour vary, and the tour is only available for part of the year).

Wing's Wildlife Park, Gunns Plains, Tasmania

Wing’s Wildlife Park is a family owned park located at Gunns Plains in Tasmania. The Park displays a large collection of Tasmanian wildlife, caters for the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife, and also offers accommodation. As you would expect at a Tasmanian wildlife park, Wing’s exhibits Tasmanian Devils. The Park has a breeding colony of Tasmanian devils, none of our which have been captured from the wild. The colony was started from orphaned young that were handed in, and all the devils thee now have been bred at the Park. Some of the young devils are kept at Wing’s Wildlife Park, and others are sent to other zoos and sanctuaries around Australia. As well as breeding devils, they also breed owls, quolls, bettongs and possums.

White Kangaroos at Bordertown Wildlife Park, South Australia

Bordertown in South Australia is the birthplace of Bob Hawke, the former Prime Minister of Australia, and is also known for the colony of white kangaroos, found in the Bordertown Wildlife Park. The 4.5 hectare park was developed in 1968 and is situated near the turn-off from the Dukes Highway at the eastern approach to Bordertown. The Park is unusual in that there is no public entrance to the park. However, you can walk or drive around and see the white kangaroos through the fence.

Gluepot Reserve, Birds Australia Conservation Reserve, South Australia

Gluepot Reserve is 64km north of the town of Waikerie in the Riverland district of South Australia. The Reserve was established by Birds Australia (formerly the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union) and is a publicly funded Reserve. Gluepot has protection under a South Australian Heritage Agreement, and is the largest land area in SA protected by a Heritage Agreement. The Reserve also protected by Commonwealth law as part of National Reserve.

Nowra Wildlife Park, North Nowra, New South Wales

Nowra Wildlife Park is the largest Australian native animal park on the New South Wales South Coast. The park is set on six hectares on the banks of the Shoalhaven River, and is home to over a hundred species of mammals, birds and reptiles. The park, previously known as Nowra Animal Park, has been around for about 30 years offering affordable family outing for Shoalhaven residents and visiting families. The Park is owned by Nicholas Schilko who purchased the property in 2003.

Urimbirra Wildlife Park, Victor Harbor, South Australia

Urimbirra Wildlife Park is located in the Hindmarch Valley just five minutes from Victor Harbor. Urimbirra is privately operated, and opened in 1993. The site has Aboriginal history, and some of the trees show evidence of having been used by Aborigines for bark canoes and shields hundreds of years ago. The name Urimbirra is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘to preserve’.

With over 400 Australian native animals, and over six hectares of wetland bird sanctuary, Urimbirra gives you the chance to see more than 70 species of Australian animals in their natural surroundings. The paths through Urimbirra allow you to see the animals up close as you walk the 16 hectare site.

Saunders Gorge Sanctuary, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Saunders Gorge Sanctuary is located at Sanderston, 18km east of Mt Pleasant in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia about 75km from the city of Adelaide. The Sanctuary is a private conservation area of over 1300 hectares offering bed and breakfast accommodation, four wheel drive tracks, scenic areas, picnic area and bush camp sites. The property, formerly known as Clovelly Sheep Station, has been declared a Sanctuary to protect its native fauna and flora, and is now a combination of Wildlife Sanctuary and Sheep Station.

Sydney Wildlife World, Darling Harbour, Sydney

Sydney Wildlife World is located at Darling Harbour in Sydney next door to the Sydney Aquarium. The attraction opened in 2006 and allows visitors to see some of Australia wildlife right in the heart of the city. Allow about an hour and a half to look round Wildlife World. There are over 65 exhibits and about a hundred species of Australian animals to see. The attraction is on two main levels with an additional roof top area where you can meet koalas and have you photo taken with a koala.

Parndana Wildlife Park, Kangaroo Island

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).