Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cleland Wildlife Park, near Adelaide

After I traveled 2/3 of the way around Australia, it became clear to me that if I wanted to see some native animals, I would have to visit a wildlife park. When one is at home reading Australian travelogues, one gets the idea that the local animals are wandering in plain view. Not so.

I finally decided to go visit a wildlife park.

The Kangaroo family
Petting photos will be shown later at a wildife park in Tasmania.

These fellows all looked like possible "kickers", and people were keeping their distance.

The much-anticipated TASMANIAN DEVIL. Also see photo at the top of the page.

When visiting the wildlife parks, just listen for the nasty growls. This will lead you to the little guys.
They hate anyone and everyone, even their own relatives. A fierce fight ensues when fresh meat is presented to them. At 124 pounds per square inch, their jaws  make short work of ripping and shredding the meat, eating every last bit (even all the bones). They would even eat the hand that feeds them, so handlers must take extra caution. They have even perfected the art of growling, snarling, and swallowing simultaneously.

Don't hesitate to look up. You never know what might be in the tree above.
(I forgot to ask him his name.)

A napping KOALA.  I skipped the part about standing in line for 2 hours to get a personalized Koala photo.

One of my favorites.
The Aussies were not at all sympathetic with my fondness for the DINGOS.
"They are really bad," they admonished.

Does he look bad to you?


Firefly said...

This is probably the only way you will get to see most of these Ausie animals. All things you won't see anywhere else.

Luna and mom Leia said...

I would love to visit this park and the wonderful animals!I love Koalas and I have a dream to see one in real! :)
You prepared a great article here, thanks for sharing!

JM said...

The Koala shot is something. So cute! Also like the little devil on the header.

Mo said...

They do have odd animals in OZ

Gattina said...

Beautiful animal pictures, love the kangaroos and the sleeping koala, so cute !